One need only turn on the television set these days to see what the consumer marketers are plying upon men on this country. The image is one of either a rugged looking guy doing something manly like freeing his horses from a bog (Cialis). Or it is one in which the fit, slightly greying man is receiving a salacious, come hither look from his equally ‘hot’ and grey-streaked wife (Viagra).
An ongoing topic in healthcare in this country is the testing of cholesterol levels, and once this data is obtained, how it is used to guide recommendations for lifestyle modifications and treatment. Treatments which, almost uniformly across the board, direct the patients and physicians to incorporate the use of the cholesterol-lowering statin class of drugs. It is my belief that for many years the mainstream medical community has been ushered into the current paradigm by the drug companies, who have billions of dollars to gain yearly by the sale of the statin drugs for cardiovascular disease prevention.
The question of the safety of hormone replacement therapy is frequently brought to my attention, and for good reason. In recent years the media has delivered varying reports that have questioned whether the use of hormone replacement in the menopausal years is safe or not. Does the use of hormonal therapies lend years and improved health to a woman’s life, or is it associated with an increased health risk?