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  • Alternative strategies that can help balance your hormones naturally, without resorting to hormones include: optimizing vitamin D levels, and taking phytoestrogens, polyphenols, and Black cohosh
  • HRT can be useful to treat symptoms of menopause, and is a necessity after surgically-induced menopause. Bioidentical hormones are far safer than synthetic hormones for these uses
  • Lifestyle strategies that will help prevent heart disease naturally include: raising HDL and lowering triglycerides with exercise, a low-sugar, low-grain diet and animal-based omega-3 supplementation; checking your iron levels; normalizing your insulin levels; and maintaining good oral health
  • The proposed recommendations do not apply to women younger than 50 who have undergone surgical menopause or who are taking hormone therapy to manage menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes in which case bioidentical hormone therapy monitored by a skilled clinician would be an ideal choice
  • The US Preventive Services Task Force no longer recommends using hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to prevent chronic disease such as heart disease, osteoporosis, or cognitive decline, in menopausal women, stating the potential harms outweigh any potential benefits

By Dr. Mercola

The US Preventive Services Task Force recently published its draft recommendations on hormone replacement therapy.

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