Bioidentical Hormones – Testosterone and Red Blood Cells

Bioidentical Hormones – Testosterone and Red Blood Cells

January 28, 2020 0 By Jose Scott


Nick: Hello! We’re going to talk about some
important issues regarding bioidentical hormones. I’m Dr. Nick Delgado. I’m with Dr. Michael
Grossman, MD with BodyLogic, a practitioner and expert in hormonal replacement. Dr. Neal
Rouzier had once mentioned there was a confusion about polycythemia, which is a genetic disorder
of too much red blood cells versus induced by testosterone, which he felt was more physiologically
natural. He said that at times in the ancient times, the alpha males that would go to fight
or battle, if they had a higher testosterone level, they needed a higher red blood cell
count. If they bled, they would survive it. Michael: Well, that may be true. That’s a
speculation, but clearly athletes like having more red blood cells because they perform
better. We know that. But if it goes too high, it does become a problem and there’s some
research that seems to say that maybe men are getting more strokes when they take testosterone,
but those studies are really poor studies. Nick: Well, the solution was “bloodletting”,
blood donor, that is, but also there could be some confusion because athletes tend to
prefer a Paleo or a high protein diet, so they’re eating all this concentrated meat
that’s loaded with hormones and the meat itself is high in triglycerides, high in fats. So
as the fat levels increase, the triglycerides go up. The cells clump together then the body
thinks there’s not enough oxygen and it creates more red blood cells. I’ve seen hundreds of examples of people having
high hemoglobin on a high fat diet, high meat diet, and it wasn’t even testosterone induced,
so we have to tease that data out and I would suggest that maybe your patients who are on
bioidentical hormones also pay attention to a healthy diet, particularly a plant-based
diet, a protein diet. Is that possible? Michael: I think that’s very reasonable. You
still as a physician have to watch your patient’s red blood cells. You don’t want it to get
too high and it’s very easy to manage. You can manage it with diet. You can manage it
with donating blood. You can manage it with lowering the dose of testosterone. Just be
aware of it, so that’s one issue that you just have to be aware of. Nick: That’s solvable? Michael: Very solvable, but you have to pay
attention to it. A lot of these studies that were done, they paid no attention whatsoever.
They gave the men unknown doses of testosterone and then they said, “Look, it’s not helpful.”
We don’t know if they gave them too much or too little, terrible studies, but the studies
that are good showed that men live longer and healthier when they take testosterone
and you watch their red blood cells and you also have to watch their estrogen levels. Nick: Yes. Michael: Some men go up in estrogen when you
take the pellets and you get less of that than you do from the creams, but it still
could happen. Nick: Explain though. There’s an aromatization,
right? There’s a conversion of actual testosterone molecule that quickly wants to turn into estrogen
particularly in certain men that have more aromatase enzymes. Is that true? Michael: That is correct. There are more of
those enzymes in your skin than when you use it topically. It tends to raise your estrogen
levels and it’s very important to keep the estrogen levels in a normal range because
too much will create breasts in a man and could promote other medical issues. Too little
are also an issue, so you can’t just eliminate it because it helps protect against heart
disease, so you have to have a balance and you just want to be going to a doctor who
watches the balance so that you’re getting the benefits without any of the side effects. [0:03:31] End of Audio PAGE * MERGEFORMAT 1 [email protected] , – h �
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