John Wenzlau and Millie Oakeson

Living your best life requires a commitment to taking charge of your life and educating yourself on your optimal options. Radio hosts John Wenzlau and Millie Oakeson spend each Tuesday morning talking with expert guests on Independent Talk 1100 KFNX on ways to improve your quality of life and age well. This past week, they welcomed Dr. Theresa Ramsey from The Center for Natural Healing into the studio to discuss the benefits of Bio-Identical Hormones.

The show took on a different twist from previous shows. Since Ramsey was on the show in September, Oakeson has become a patient of hers, so she took on the role of guest, answering Ramsey’s questions on how she feels being on the Bio-Identical Hormones she has prescribed.

Oakeson said, “I know how to listen to my body and I feel great and have more energy.”

When Ramsey asked her if she knew why she put her on an oral estradiol, instead of a topical, Oakeson was quick to answer, “Because of the benefit to my heart.”  

Ramsey went on to explain that topical hormones do offer many benefits to your health, but to get the heart protection you need, it’s recommended to take the oral dose.

Wenzlau jumped in with his usual thoughtful questions that always provide the opportunity for an interesting conversation. He asked Ramsey to explain the benefits of taking testosterone as men age. She said, there are many, but men report having more energy, a decrease in anxiety and a definite benefit to maintaining proper weight. She went on to explain that the same benefits apply to women who are prescribed testosterone.

Ramsey asked Oakeson what her fears were about being on hormone replacement therapy.

Oakeson replied, “I have only ever heard about breast cancer and blood clots as a possible side effect to HRT.”

Ramsey explained, women are taught to be afraid of replacing hormones, because they are told it increases the risk of breast cancer, can cause stroke, and heart attacks. This is only true for synthetic progesterone and oral estrogen in the wrong patients. Breast cancer is a result of DNA damage in the breast tissue and estrogen’s role in the breast is to stimulate the proliferation of the cells.

Ramsey went on to explain that the real culprit of the high rates of breast cancer can be attributed to low progesterone levels. Progesterone is the hormone that differentiates women from men. Women and men share all of the same hormones, except that one.

Ramsey concluded with “replacing hormones is not just for quality of life enrichment; it is also for age-related disease prevention.”

When a battery runs out, the car stops moving, or doesn’t start. Your choice is to push it home or replace the battery. Replacing hormones as we age is like replacing the battery in your car.

For more information on these topics, or to ask a question, visit www.successfulaging.info. Tune in 11 a.m. to noon every Tuesday to Independent Talk KFNX 1100, as we continue to explore “Successful Aging.”