What is "bioiden­ti­cal" hor­mone ther­apy?

Wellness Update - - Let's Talk Menopause -

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.

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