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Cutting-Edge Topics Coming Up At The A4M BHRT Symposium

The upcoming Endocrine Balance and Bio-Identical Hormone Restoration Therapy Symposium is the premier event for physicians, researchers, and educators to come together to improve individual hormonal care and further the endocrinology practice. This three-day event provides a unique opportunity to network with experts from across the industry, learn about the latest advances in hormone health, and gain evidence-based clinical protocols to help navigate the increasingly complex landscape of patients’ endocrine systems. Taking place at the Boston Park Plaza in Boston, MA, between September 16-18, 2022, the Symposium will host a panel of critically-acclaimed speakers and educators who will share their expertise on various timely topics.

Alongside the Symposium, several advanced educational programs will be offered, including Module I: Peptide Therapy CertificationModule III: Frontiers in Neurology and Brain Health, and Module VII: Clinical Strategies to Optimize Metabolic Resiliency, Immunocompetence, and Biotransformation (Part B).

Here are a few of the innovative session topics our faculty of experts will delve into throughout the weekend.

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5 Surprising Menopause Symptoms — According To Dr. Felice Gersh

While menopause is predominately considered to impact the reproductive system with hormonal fluctuations causing hot flashes, night sweats, and other undesirable symptoms, it is a whole-body transition that involves many different systems. As a result, many women may not be aware that their symptoms are tied to endocrine imbalances, leaving them overlooked and untreated.

“This link of the so-called sex hormones to all body systems is what is behind the surprising menopause symptoms in organs and structures that are not recognized as being highly regulated by the ovarian hormones,” A4M faculty member Felice Gersh, MD, told Well+Good in a recent interview.

A frequent and popular A4M speaker, Dr. Gersh is a board-certified OB/GYN, founder of the Integrative Medical Group of Irvine, and the author of Menopause: 50 Things You Need to Know. During her interview with Well+Good contributor Isadora Baum, Dr. Gersh outlined five surprising symptoms of menopause that are not commonly associated with the condition yet are essential to recognize and take into clinical consideration.

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Latest Topics in Endocrinology You Can’t Miss at the BHRT Symposium 

The role of a functional medicine clinician extends beyond treating disease and remedying overt symptoms; the goal of patient care is to improve life- and healthspan while addressing the underlying causes of poor wellbeing. Often, this can stem from a dysregulation or imbalance in physiological systems, such as the endocrine system.

As a cornerstone of the functional and anti-aging medicine practice, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can serve as a critical tool that allows patients to lead full and healthy lives at any age. The current rising demand for BHRT is emblematic of growing awareness and acceptance among the patient population of innovative hormone therapeutics, which also marks the increasing importance of up-to-date, comprehensive education in the rapidly developing field.

Our reputable Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy Symposium, which takes place between February 25-27, 2022, in Nashville, TN, gathers the world’s experts in hormone therapeutics to serve this very purpose. At the largest event in the industry, renowned speakers will review the most recent and relevant research in clinical endocrinology, analyze current evidence for and against hormone therapies, and delve into strategies for safely and effectively merging them into practice.

Latest Topics in Endocrinology and Hormone Therapeutics 

From current concepts and guidelines in thyroid therapy to complete overviews of sex hormones and their multi-faceted role in human health, the three-day workshop is designed to deliver the latest knowledge in every relevant area of the specialty. Read on to learn more about a few of the prominent topics in clinical endocrinology that will be covered.

Breast Cancer Risk with Hormone Therapies

A heavily debated topic in hormone replacement therapies is the risk of cancer development associated with their use. Current scientific literature points to a slightly increased breast cancer risk in patients prescribed traditional hormonal replacement therapies (HRT). However, the level of risk correlates with a variety of individual-specific factors, including the type of HRT, duration of treatment, age of initial therapy, as well as general patient health. Additionally, the increase in cancer risk has been noted as comparatively less significant than the cancer risk associated with a high body mass index or cigarette smoking.

Meanwhile, the correlation between bio-identical hormone replacement therapies and breast cancer development risk has not been conclusively established. A lack of decisive findings related to BHRT and its impact on cancer, along with the documented increased risk associated with traditional HRT, strongly encourages a comprehensive clinical risk assessment on a case-by-case basis to determine whether the benefits of treatment outweigh its potential complications.

To learn more about the latest developments in this subject, attend Dr. Tara Scott’s session “HRT: The Clinical Benefits and Breast Cancer Risk Assessment” during Day 1 of the BHRT Symposium.

PCOS and Non-PCOS High Androgen Syndromes 

While polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which affects between 5-10% of the population, is the most common cause of hyperandrogenism, non-PCOS high androgen syndromes are also prevalent among women. Although the exact cause of PCOS is unknown, evidence suggests excess insulin production, low-grade inflammation, hereditary factors, and excess androgen levels. Other causes of high androgen levels include congenital adrenal hyperplasia and Cushing’s disease, which can present similar symptoms related to hormone abnormalities.

There is no known cure for these syndromes today; however, early diagnosis and treatment, and lifestyle interventions can greatly reduce the risk of long-term complications such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Currently, many available treatments, including hormone therapies, can be used to significantly minimize the symptoms of high androgen syndromes and allow patients to lead a normal life without complications.

To further explore the topic of PCOS and Non-PCOS high androgen syndromes, join Dr. Felice Gersh during her session on Day 2 of the BHRT Symposium.

HPA Axis Dysfunction 

Referring to the hypothalamus pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis, HPA axis dysfunction is an increasingly common condition caused by chronic stress, prolonged elevated cortisol levels, and imbalanced hormones. The disorder is characterized by a range of symptoms, including chronic fatigue, mental illness, digestive disorders, inflammation, infertility, weight gain, and more.

While it is not frequently diagnosed as part of conventional primary care, integrative and functional medicine practitioners have been addressing HPA axis dysfunction for many years. Remedying the underlying hormonal imbalances is a critical component of effective treatment, alongside lifestyle changes to reduce stress levels, improve sleep quality, and optimize patient health.

Learn more from internationally renowned integrative specialist Andrew Heyman, MD, MHSA, who will lead a discussion focused on cortisol, DHEA, pregnenolone to kick off Day 3 of the BHRT Symposium.

The Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy Symposium 2022

Grounded in the most recent and well-supported research, the upcoming BHRT Symposium will provide in-depth knowledge on the relationship between hormones and overall health and identify effective ways in which clinicians can wield practical tools such as bio-identical hormone replacement therapy to treat a variety of conditions. The most significant event in hormone therapeutics is only two weeks away; sign up today to gain the latest clinical endocrinology insights from industry-leading experts.