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 Posted 2/14/2012 11:31:13 AM
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Any one have thoughts about HRT for someone in their early 80's. thanks,
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 Posted 2/14/2012 12:00:53 PM
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Welcome, Jamie D. Are you male or female? D Dye Moderator
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 Posted 2/14/2012 2:33:52 PM
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One thing I have noticed and appreciate is that there does not seem to
be a lot of rants and attacks on other peoples opinions. Thanks
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 Posted 2/15/2012 4:25:10 AM
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Thanks to everyone who is mature and respectful.

Did you read the information at http://www.lef.org/protocols/male_reproductive/male_hormone_restoration_01.htm ?


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 Posted 2/15/2012 7:04:27 AM
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I read the LEF information  on HRT and I was interested in hearing from anyone
over 80 that has had some personal experience with HRT. I am not sure how to
search for this. Thanks, JamieD P.S. What do the blue and orange icons or buttons
represent. 
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You can try searching "hormone replacement therapy" or "testosterone."

By the blue and orange buttons, are you referring to those that designate "New Reply" or "Quick Post?"


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Thanks for the quick reply.
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What medical conditions do you have? There are several which may benefit from replacement therapy.
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http://www.lef.org/protocols/male_reproductive/male_hormone_restoration_01.htm
The article on male hormone restoration linked above is misleading and frustrating because of its failure to address the major difficulties facing readers trying to follow its glib suggestions for testing,  supplementation, and monitoring of male hormones in the real world.


1. The reader is casually warned of difficulties in standardizing these male hormone tests, and instructed to always get them done by the same lab. This suggestion is useless to those who live in jurisdictions like British Columbia, Canada, where testing for Free Testosterone is no longer done unless the serum testosterone level tests low, and where DHEA testing is unheard of and unavailable in these same government labs.


The nearest Labcorp outlet to my location is in Post Falls, ID, a five hour drive according to Google maps, excluding delays at the border and bad weather - obviously not a feasible option for regular monitoring of estradiol, serum and free testosterone, and DHEA levels, even if it were affordable.


The measurements  and normal ranges for estradiol from British Columbia's labs (there are no local alternatives) are not even in the same ballpark as results from labs in the neighbouring jurisdiction of Alberta, Canada, let alone the figures offered by LEF.

For example, the "reference"  range (ie. considered normal) for men's  Estradiol  in the Interior Health Region of British Columbia is given as “0-146 pmol/L”. How is the reader to make meaningful comparisons between such results and  LEF's

 "optimal" estradiol range of


serum estradiol levels between 21.80 and 30.11 pg/mL” ?




2. The options available for male testosterone supplementation are inadequately described, and therefore consequently seriously misleading as to availability, cost, and effectiveness


Compounded testosterone gel is made to appear most attractive by a simple cost comparison with prepackaged equivalents, but without any mention of the serious difficulties of dosage regulation, common skin reactions, and cumbersome application procedures.


Injectible testosterone, such as cypionate, which has none of the above problems (especially if the user is prepared to self-inject weekly) and is much less expensive than any of the gels, is barely mentioned. Nor is NEBID, a new injectible providing 10-14 weeks of supplementation per application, albeit at much higher cost than cypionate (but still much less than gels mentioned).


Intradermal capsules are mentioned, but not the fact that these are effectively unavailable in the US (as of three years ago, only from a small and shrinking number of compounding pharmacies, with only a handful of physicians offering their implantation) and not at all in Canada (NEBID is currently unavailabe here too).


3. measurements of estradiol and free testosterone in this article are given only in standard US units, whereas most of the world, including Canada, has been using SI units for decades.


Providing the figures in both measurement systems would be a trivial matter for the writer or editor, but instead the reader is forced to look up conversion tables and is put at unnecessary risk of conversion errors.


Time to review and update this article, I would suggest...

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