While we are in the middle of a pandemic, everyone is wondering how we can improve our health and ensure that their immune systems are strong and able to fight off whatever virus comes our way. We’ve already discussed how vitamin D can act as a major player in helping your chances of fighting off Covid-19 - citing studies that found healthy levels of vitamin D could possibly help people with COVID-19 by increasing their survival rates. We have also talked about how a healthy, well rounded diet and regular exercise can strengthen your immune system. So what’s the missing link? Hormone Replacement Therapy.
As we age, we naturally lose important hormones in our body. Having a hormone imbalance can cause a multitude of health issues and can result in feeling tired, gaining weight, a change in sleep patterns, depression and anxiety, and low sex drive. And, it can affect our immune system. For women, this is called menopause.
In a recent article from openaccessgovernment.org, Dr. Deborah Lee, from Dr Fox Online Pharmacy, discusses how after menopause, women’s immune systems can weaken due to the lack of estrogen in their bodies. In the article, they state that in postmenopausal women, the following observations have been reported in medical studies show that women have a lower CD4/CD8 cell ration, meaning they are not able to fight off infections as easily, they also found higher levels of inflammatory cytokines making it harder to clear dead cells and destroy bad cells, and it can lead to chronic inflammation.
Having a weakened immune system is problematic for many reasons. Our bodies are made to fight off infections, harmful bacteria, illnesses, and viruses. However, without having a strong immune system we are more likely to get ill and develop chronic health issues. HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) can help bring your estrogen levels back up to a healthy level, which will help strengthen your immune system and improve your ability to fight off viruses like Covid-19.
HRT can do more than just improve your immune system. At Physicians Age Management Centers/LongevityMed we offer hormone replacement therapy for women to help with menopause and hormone deficiency. This treatment can help you feel better by eliminating hot flashes and night sweats, it can increase your sexual health and desire, you will once again be able to build lean muscle, improve your metabolism, get a better night's sleep, and enhance your energy levels. HRT can also help prevent other medical conditions including reducing your risk for osteoporosis, breast and other cancers, and heart disease.