Growth Hormone Replacement Therapy Risks In Women

Growth hormone is always a controversial topic and no matter why you may be taking it or why you or your doctor may be considering this therapy you should know that the risks for growth hormone replacement therapy in women are higher than previously thought.

Researchers presenting at the Endocrine Society revealed findings that women who have undergone this form of hormone treatment were two and a half (250 percent) more likely to die of heart disease than the average person.

What is more interesting about the findings is that men had no increased risk of death at all when they underwent the treatment.

This tells us something that seems quite important on face value but really just opens up more questions in my eyes. For instance was the group of women screened ahead of time. Was there some other risk factor for heart disease that could have been at play that wasn’t adjusted for? Or are women who undergo growth hormone replacement really that more at risk – could it be that simple?

One thing that is unclear is whether lifestyle factors can minimize this increase in risk but it should be safe to assume that positive changes to one’s lifestyle should improve your chances for preventing heart attack. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America and preventing it alone would dramatically increase the life expectancies of the general population. If you are a women getting growth hormone replacement and are concerned about the risks then this should at least be motivation to you to take up activities that proactively improve cardiovascular health and limit heart attack risk.

For more on heart attacks see these posts on the risk of heart attacks in relation to BMI, what to do after a heart attack as well as this post on heart attack recovery, and be sure to know the common symptoms of clogged arteries.

You may also want to read some more general information on how to live longer with some of these longevity secrets.


How To Prevent Silent Strokes In Seniors

Strokes are one of the most common health complications that seniors face. They are in fact the number 3 cause of death in America. Many strokes are obvious. They are accompanied by obvious changes in body movement, language, and appearance but in people, seniors especially; silent strokes can hit and rarely be diagnosed immediately.

There is new evidence however showing that your risk for developing a silent stroke can be lowered by simply exercising. And this exercise shouldn’t just be the standard exercise that most seniors take part in. As reported in the journal Neurology on June 8

"MRIs of people who exercised at higher levels were significantly less likely to show silent brain infarcts [which were] caused by blocked arteries that interrupt blood flow and are markers for strokes [compared to] people who exercised lightly."

Preventing Silent Strokes In Seniors

According to the study people who participated in moderate to intense exercise were 40 percent less likely to have suffered a silent stroke within the following six years. Sure walking is good for you but this suggests that exercising a little more vigorously with jogging, tennis, or other types of sports may be better at preventing silent strokes.

You can read more about this in the study linked below but you may also want to read these older blog posts on how you can also help prevent strokes by limiting depression, how binge drinking plays a role in preventing strokes, and how your risk of having a stroke increases with rises when you have high systolic blood pressure and clogged arteries.

Because strokes are so serious doing whatever you can to prevent them or limit your risk for having one can help significantly in increasing your lifespan. Click through to see more longevity tips and to learn how to live longer.

Related - If you find this post interesting and/or helpful make sure to read this recent post on the blog on treating clogged arteries naturally.  By treating your artery blockages and minimizing them you can lower your chances for strokes and for heart attacks.


Leading Causes of Death

Heart Disease is easily the leading cause of death in America. One of the major contributors to heart disease is cholesterol. See the following posts for more on lowering your risk for heart disease:

How To Lower LDL Cholesterol Levels Naturally

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