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Is Moderate Alcohol Consumption Good For You?

September 13, 2018

It’s probably not what you want to hear, but the short answer is NO. And it gets worse from there! “Responsible drinking” has become the modern day catch phrase for acceptable alcohol use. For years, even the medical community propagated the notion that “moderate” alcohol consumption was good for you, especially in reference to heart disease. However, recent studies have raised serious doubts that there are any health benefits of alcohol in any amount. A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine Journal Watch noted that alcohol is the seventh leading risk factor for premature death and disability. And for those aged 15-49, alcohol has been found to be the number one risk factor. Alcohol is, at best, a double edged sword when it comes to cardiovascular (CV) disease. There is some weak evidence that a consistent low to moderate amount of red wine with dinner may have some positive effect. However, alcohol other than red wine, heavier drinking and binge drinking have profound negative effects leading to high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation, strokes and heart failure. Overall, the negative effects of alcohol far outweigh any

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September 28, 2017

When the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) was published in 2002, study data was sensationalized by both study authors and in the press. Headlines incorrectly inferred that all hormone replacement therapy (HRT) led to an increase in risk of breast cancer and heart disease. Fear and confusion among patients, fueled by many misinformed doctors resulted in a dramatic reduction in prescriptions for hormones. Sadly, the consequences for women have been catastrophic and unnecessary: “Over a 10-year span, starting in 2002, a minimum of 18,601 and as many as 91,610 postmenopausal women died prematurely because of the avoidance of estrogen therapy.” Since 2002, though not widely publicized, the conclusions of WHI have been discredited while other studies have helped to clarify the most common misconceptions regarding hormone replacement, such as breast cancer risk. Most recently, the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) issued a Position Statement on post-menopausal HRT. Some of their conclusions were:

  • HRT represents the “most effective treatment” for vasomotor symptoms (hot flashes/night sweats) and the genitourinary syndrome of menopause (vaginal dryness, etc.)

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May 31, 2017

MayoClinicColor_Stacked With all the conflicting reports about testosterone replacement, it is nearly impossible for the average person to sift through all the studies and opinions to make an informed decision. A consensus statement published in the prestigious Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Fundamental Concepts Regarding Testosterone Deficiency and Treatment: International Expert Consensus Resolutions, should help clarify the issues. Among the resolutions unanimously approved by the panel of experts were the following.

  • Testosterone (TD) deficiency is a well-established, clinically significant medical condition that negatively affects male sexuality, reproduction, general health, and quality of life
  • The evidence does not support increased risks of cardiovascular events with T therapy
  • The evidence does not support increased risk of prostate cancer with T therapy
  • The evidence supports a major research initiative to explore possible benefits of T therapy for cardio-metabolic disease, including diabetes

The panel went on to state that no specific testosterone bloo

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May 20, 2016

Prostate Cancer Ribbon Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in appropriate patients can lead to a reduced risk of heart attack and stroke, lower blood sugar, reduced belly fat, improved bone density, enhanced sexual function and overall vitality to name a few. One of the most persistent and damaging medical myths that has lead to the under utilization of TRT is that testosterone causes, or increases the risk of, prostate cancer. Despite the fact that there has never been a single study supporting this myth, and numerous studies over the last several years debunking it, many physicians still have lingering doubts. These doubts have led to the withholding of TRT from countless patients who would benefit from it. The most recent analysis, No Evidence of TRT Link to Prostate Cancer, not only showed no increased risk of prostate cancer with TRT, but a 50% reduction in the risk of aggressive prostate cancer. And while the researchers emphasize that the results do not prove that TRT has a protective effect on the prostate, the data at least suggests that it does. For Cenegenics patients, especially those on TRT, the result

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April 24, 2016

Menopause“Reluctance to treat menopausal symptoms has derailed and fragmented the clinical care of midlife women, creating a large and unnecessary burden of suffering” according to a March 3rd, 2016 editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine.

With the release of the Women’s Health Initiative study in 2002, many women and doctors alike became fearful of hormones to treat menopause. Little has changed since then in terms of the general perception. This fear has been fueled by the wildly overblow risk of breast cancer and the insinuation that hormones may cause heart problems.

Meanwhile, leading medical societies devoted to the care of postmenopausal women agree that hormone therapy is the most effective treatment for hot flashes, the prevention of osteoporosis, sexual dysfunction and more.

Multiple studies have shown that with the proper patient selection, and with the use of bio-identical hormones, there is actually an overall reduction in mortality, even

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February 9, 2016

medical expertsCardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the US, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined. At Cenegenics, we believe that testosterone replacement in deficient men not only improves quality of life, but can be an integral part of an overall program to reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke.

While the public controversy about the potential dangers of testosterone replacement has subsided somewhat, we are still left with FDA labeling warnings suggesting that testosterone is likely to cause harm to patients with heart disease. This is in contrast to the opinion of the majority of medical experts who disagree with the FDAs position, including the two major endocrinology societies.

There have been numerous articles refuting the studies that started the controversy. The most recent co

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November 17, 2015

Matt LauerRaymond Ishman, MD Director of Medical Quality Assurance, Cenegenics Elite Health President, Cenegenics Philadelphia In a segment of The Today Show which aired on November 12th focusing on men’s health, Matt Lauer demonstrated how getting a body composition scan and blood tests can help establish a baseline for health maintenance. We commend The Today Show for raising awareness for men’s health. At Cenegenics, we have been performing body composition scans and extensive blood work for over 16 years. But we don’t stop there! A major focus of the Cenegenics Elite Health Evaluation is to better identify those at risk for heart disease, the leading cause of death in the US that kills more men and women than all forms of cancer combined. In addition, 50% of those who have a cardiovascular event (heart attack, st

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September 25, 2015

AACE: No compelling evidence that TRT increases heart attack risk!

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) has issued a position statement questioning claims that testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) increases the risk of cardiovascular disease among users. The position statement is published in the September 2015 edition of Endocrine Practice…..The AACE believes that even after extensive literature review, there is no compelling evidence to suggest that TRT increases cardiovascular risk. Read more….

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July 27, 2015

Raymond Ishman, MD Director of Medical Quality Assurance, Cenegenics Elite Health President, Cenegenics Philadelphia   The priorities of the FDA seem more than a little confusing at times. On July 9th, the FDA strengthened a prior warningtestosterone-cypionate regarding non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen (Aleve) along with numerous prescription drugs used to treat pain and arthritis. These over the counter and prescription drugs can significantly increase the risk heart attack and stroke. This does not apply to aspirin. The following is a summary of the FDA warning:   

  • IbuprofenNSAIDs increase the risk of heart attack or stroke in patients with or without heart diseaseor risk factors for heart disease.
  •  The ri

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April 7, 2015

FDA1 Raymond Ishman, MD Director of Medical Quality Assurance, Cenegenics Elite Health President, Cenegenics Philadelphia _______________________________________ In their own words, the “FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy and security of human and veterinary drugs…” We put our trust in the FDA to assure the safety of new medications and devices, and to protect us from harm. However, some of their warnings seem to go against their own mission statement. We are frequently given conflicting messages and warnings that are simply not supported by the medical literature. At times, these warnings and even new drug approvals are tainted by personal agendas and conflicts of interest. Take for example, the FDA’s

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