Navigation Links
Study finds women seek anti-aging clinicians to treat menopausal symptoms
Date:8/17/2014

Feeling that conventional doctors did not take their suffering seriously, women instead sought out hormonal treatments for menopausal symptoms from anti-aging clinicians, according to a Case Western Reserve University study that investigated the appeal of anti-aging medicine.

Some women also feared the harmful side effects from conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) that had shown increased risks for cancer, heart disease and high blood pressure. Yet, they thought that the bioidentical, "natural" hormones their anti-aging doctors prescribed were safe, despite a lack of conventional scientific evidence to that fact.

Michael Flatt, a doctoral candidate in sociology at Case Western Reserve University, and Jennifer Fishman, assistant professor at McGill University, will discuss these and other findings during the presentation "'Hormones Are Where It's At': Bioidentical Hormones, Menopausal Women, and Anti-Aging Medicine" on Monday, Aug. 18, at the 109th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Aug. 16-19, in San Francisco.

The findings about the women's attitudes are part of a larger study in the Department of Bioethics at Case Western Reserve that investigated the views of scientists, doctors and patients involved with anti-aging science and medicine.

The researchers, who conducted the study with Richard Settersten Jr., professor of public health at Oregon State University, explored what it was about anti-aging medicine that appealed to women, given that the costs for care and prescribed medications were not covered by medical insurance.

Was it vanity to maintain their youthful appearance or some other motivation?

Findings from in-depth interviews with 25 women who used bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) prescribed by an anti-aging clinician bucked the vanity-driven stereotype.

Instead, Flatt said the women told researchers they wanted to relieve their menopausal symptoms, feel energized and avoid chronic illnesses associated with aging. The women also described their motivation as wanting to return to an "optimal" state and believed that bioidentical hormones would do this.

"Hormones became the panacea reported by the women," Flatt said. "They felt that if the hormones were in order, they'd be back on track."

The anti-aging clinicians prescribed BHRT after the women took a series of tests to determine the causes of their menopausal symptoms, which purportedly included hormonal and vitamin deficiencies. They were prescribed BHRT, hormones derived from plants, like soy and yams. The hormonal therapies are unregulated by the Food and Drug Administration and made to order by compounding pharmacists.

Among the reasons the women said they found anti-aging medicine attractive were:

  • Patients received more time and attention from the clinician.
  • Medications were seen as "natural" and thought to return one to an optimal state of being.
  • BHRT was perceived as safer than conventional hormone replacement therapy.

'/>"/>
Contact: Susan Griffith
susan.griffith@case.edu
216-368-1004
Case Western Reserve University
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Study Suggests Vaccine May Help Kids With Brain Cancer
2. Study reveals how cancer drug causes diabetic-like state
3. Coffee Drinking in Pregnancy Wont Lead to Sleepless Baby: Study
4. Lower GI problems plague many with rheumatoid arthritis, Mayo Clinic study finds
5. Veggies Like Broccoli, Cabbage May Help Fight Breast Cancer: Study
6. No Added Cancer Risk From Hip Replacement Materials: Study
7. Reported Decline in U.S. Pneumonia Deaths May Be False: Study
8. Early Study Finds Some Promise for Lung Cancer Vaccine
9. Narcissists Often Ace Job Interviews, Study Finds
10. Sexual objectification of female artists in music videos exists regardless of race, MU study finds
11. Soy may alleviate hot flashes in menopause, large-scale study finds
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... December 07, 2016 , ... Facial plastic surgeon, Dr. John D. Rachel ... a portion of proceeds to two local organizations: North Chicago Animal Control and Friends ... is a team of authorized and trained volunteers who support rescued animals held ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... December 07, 2016 , ... "ProBrand Flip ... and all media," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProBrand ... easy to use drop zones. Editors can select from a variety of flip book ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... December 07, 2016 , ... “Tomorrow Trump Goes To Washington”: a ... to the presidency and to America. “Tomorrow Trump Goes To Washington” is the creation ... she can for this country. , Nancy attributes her patriotic nature to her WWII ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... December 07, 2016 , ... ... to present at the International Probiotic Association’s Washington DC workshop on November 2nd. ... to engage in dialog regarding probiotic dietary supplement regulations. , Dr. Leyer ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... ... December 06, 2016 , ... ... because of a higher risk of serious health problems, such as cardiovascular illness, ... Dr. Peiman Soleymani of Beverly Hills Periodontics & Dental Implant Center notes that ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/6/2016)... WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. , Dec. 6, ... a privately held, clinical-stage medical dermatology and ... Creabilis plc, a privately held specialty pharmaceutical ... for common inflammatory skin conditions, including psoriasis, ... terms of the agreement, Sienna will make ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... Calif. , Dec. 6, 2016  Regulus ... biopharmaceutical company leading the discovery and development of ... drug development candidates at its R&D day, held ... first candidate, RGLS5040, is an anti-miR targeting microRNA-27 ... second candidate, RGLS4326, is an anti-miR targeting microRNA-17 ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... - InMed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("InMed") (CSE: IN; OTCQB: ... in the use of cannabinoids for the treatment ... 2015 InMed initiated its COPD program using its ... potential active compounds that can be useful for ... assays using human lung fibroblasts (HFL-1 cell line), ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: