Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

Tags: hormones | heart disease | stroke

Heart Disease? Check Your Hormones

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 04:30 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Last year, the European Heart Journal reported on an examination of 83,010 male veterans with low testosterone levels. The subjects were divided into three groups: group 1 was given testosterone therapy with normalization of testosterone levels, group 2 was given testosterone therapy without normalization of testosterone levels, and group 3 was did not receive testosterone therapy.

The researchers examined the relationship between normalization of testosterone levels with testosterone therapy and its effect on cardiovascular events and mortality.

The all-cause mortality level in those treated with testosterone was 56 percent lower, and the stroke risk was 36 percent lower in group 1 than group 3. Similarly, there was a lower risk of all-cause mortality (47 percent), heart attack (18 percent), and stroke (30 percent) when comparing group 1 with group 2.

There was no difference in heart attack or stroke risk between groups 2 and 3.

The relationship between low testosterone and the development of heart disease has been written about for more than 50 years. There are hundreds and hundreds of articles pointing out this association.

Furthermore, there are many articles showing that supplementing testosterone in patients with low levels helps treat heart disease. I have written about this in my book, The Miracle of Natural Hormones.
When a patient presents with cardiovascular disease, a cardiologist should first investigate why that patient developed heart disease.

This can be accomplished, in part, by evaluating the patient’s hormonal and nutritional status, rather than reflexively prescribing medications — like statins — that do not treat the underlying cause of the patient’s problem. Unfortunately, few cardiologists out there do this.

If you are suffering from cardiac issues, I suggest finding a healthcare practitioner who understands about natural therapies and how they can be used to treat and prevent heart disease.

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