What is "bioidentical" hormone therapy?
Bioidentical hormone therapy (BHT) means manmade hormones that are the same as the hormones the body makes. There are several prescription BHT products that are well-tested and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Often, people use the term “BHT” to mean medications that are custom-made by a pharmacist for a specific patient based on a doctor’s order. These custommade products are also sometimes called bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). Despite claims, there is no proof that these products are better or safer than drugs approved by the FDA. Also, many insurance and prescription programs do not pay for these drugs because they are viewed as experimental.
How much physical activity do I need as I approach menopause?
Physical activity helps many areas of your life, including mood, sleep, and heart health. Aim for: • At least 2 hours and 30 minutes a week of moderate aerobic physical activity or 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity or some combination of the two • Exercises that build muscle strength
on two days each week If you are not able to follow these guidelines, be as physically active as you can. Your doctor can help you decide what’s right for you.