Hormone Replacement Therapy can be a safe option

A local doctor says hormone replacement therapy is a safe treatment option, if it's practiced responsibly.

Every couple of weeks 11 Today speaks with Dr. Scott Rollins from the Integrative Medicine Center of Western Colorado.

Dr. Rollins chats about medical issues important to your health and well-being. However, his approach to medical care borders on the holistic.

He’ll be the first to tell you his approach is not accepted by all and is sometimes the subject of controversy but his methods are gaining popularity across the region.

One treatment method he uses is Hormone Replacement Therapy, a sort of holistic approach to reducing the chances of heart disease, breast cancer and other illnesses people experience as they age. However, Dr. Rollins also sees his approach as preventative maintenance.

"Replacing these people’s hormones not only improves their quality of life," says Rollins. "But it also prevents disease. Its heavy-duty preventative medicine."

Rollins says many common symptoms of aging come down to one factor: hormone deficiency. At around the age of 30 hormones begin to decline a little bit every year.

"You can put them on drugs to help their mood, to help their sleep, to help their energy. At the end of the day you realize a lot of those symptoms are because of a hormone deficiency. You can supplement the hormone that’s supposed to be in their body and all their symptoms get better and they live longer," he says.

Hormone replacement is not without controversy and Rollins is the first one to tell his patients that. "Some of the recommendations are that you should not replace hormones and if you have to you shouldn't’t be on them very long," said Rollins. "That recommendation is based on data that has been done on synthetic look alike hormones that do have bad side effects. I don’t prescribe those hormones, I wouldn’t even consider it."

That's why Rollins holds several seminars a year for patience considering hormone replacement therapy. "If I can give you estrogen replacement at menopause and cut your risk of heart disease 50 percent and prevent you from getting osteoporosis which kills eight times more women then breast cancer, that’s a pretty good remedy. If I can give you testosterone and cut your mortality by 50 percent over a 10-year period, that’s a pretty strong statistic."

The Integrative Medicine Center of Western Colorado holds seminars every Wednesday from 6 - 7 p.m. For more information, click the link below.

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