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Study shows hormone therapy safe for transsexuals|
Date: 2013-06-18 19:17:18
A growing number of individuals in the U.S. are identifying as transgender - meaning that although they are biologically one gender, they truly feel as though they were supposed to be born the opposite. Some of these people may choose to undergo hormonal therapy to help them change their sex, and they may need blood tests and lab tests to help them check their hormone levels on a regular basis.
Recently, researchers from Ghent University Hospital in Belgium found that hormonal therapy for transgender, or transsexual individuals as they are sometimes known, is safe and effective for those who are looking to change their gender.
"Although transsexualism remains a rare diagnosis, the number of trans persons seeking hormonal or surgical treatment has drastically increased in recent years, making a detailed multicenter description on the effects of cross-sex hormonal treatment timely," said study lead author Katrien Wierckx, M.D. "Our study gives valuable information about the effects of drastic changes in sex steroids on glucose and lipid metabolism, cardiovascular and bone health, so that we can inform our future clients, their families and other caregivers more accurately on the desired effects, side effects and adverse events of cross-sex hormonal treatment."
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