Wednesday, January 17, 2018

I Think It Worked Too Well

There is a new study out about us, it is about eating and hormones…
Hormone therapy may reduce eating disorder symptoms in transgender people
University of Nottingham
By Emma Thorne
January 11, 2018

New research has shown that receiving cross-sex hormone therapy (CHT) can help to reduce the feelings of body dissatisfaction associated with eating disorders including anorexia and bulimia in transgender people.

The study was led by academics at the universities of Nottingham and Loughborough who recommend that clinicians working at eating disorder services should assess patients for gender identity issues and refer them to transgender health services to be evaluated for hormone treatment.
He [Professor Jon Arcelus, of the Institute of Mental Health, based at the University of Nottingham, and at the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health] said: “Young transgender people may restrict their food as a way to control their puberty, stop their period or reduce the development of breasts. Eating disorder professionals should consider the gender identity of the person when assessing a person with symptoms of an eating disorders.
For some transgender people, striving to achieve a masculine or feminine body shape can influence their eating behaviours, while in the case of transgender males (assigned female at birth but who identify as male) who are not on hormone treatment some may even restrict what they eat as a way of stopping menstruation.
Evidence from one previous study showed that eating disorder symptoms were found to reduce in transgender women once they had progressed through their medical transition. However, the study was limited as it looked at a small number of participants, only at transgender women and only considered the role of surgery, not hormone therapy.
I don’t know about you but I gained a lot of weight once I went on CHT and it is a lot harder to lose. I know a lot of other trans who fight the battle of the bulge every day. I was told by my endo that I might gain weight once I went on hormones and I did.

Personally, I feel one of our problems stems from being used to eating a “man” size portions and not gaining weight, now we have to “downsize” our portions.

Also according to the current medical wisdom we are more likely to get diabetes because of the weight gain and I did [There is also a history in the family of diabetes].

Okay, those who follow my blog know one of my pet peeves is calling Cross-sex Hormone Therapy (CHT) or as it is also known as Cross-gender Hormone Therapy [which I prefer] HRT. It is not HRT, HRT dosage can be a thousand time smaller than what we take. Why is it important not to say HRT when you are being wheeled into the ER with pains in your chest? Well having a blood clot in your lungs is less likely [I said “less likely” not that it doesn’t happen on HRT] if you are on HRT than CHT and they might not look for blood clots first if you say HRT. Personally I rather give them a list of the meds that I am taking then use "Cross-gender Hormone Therapy" because there is no one dose for us, we all take different amounts and medications for our CHT.

1 comment:

  1. Well, I have been in the emergency room for a blood clot, a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in my calf. Some of it had already broken loose, and had traveled to my lung. It was not as a result of any hormone therapy, however. More than one doctor asked me if I'd been taking hormones, and I don't think they all believed me when I said no. The blood work they ordered for me did reveal that my hormone balance was normal for a post-menopausal woman, though. I guess that's a good thing, since my clotting history pretty much keeps me from any kind of hormone therapy. The doctors were right to doubt me, I suppose, as I know transgender people often lie about a lot of things concerning their gender identity (I told my share over the years). I agree that, if one is on any hormone therapy at all, full disclosure of what and how much is very important.