The ZRT Laboratory Blog

The ZRT Blog is an extensive resource for patients and health care providers searching for health and hormone testing information. Here, you can read about ZRT’s cutting edge research, advances in testing, wellness advice, and health industry highlights.

How to Address Low Libido in Peri-Menopausal Patients

Posted by Dr. Kate Placzek on Friday, 24 February

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Providers routinely call ZRT for support in addressing low libido for their patients during the menopausal transition.

Busy lifestyles, everyday stress, not enough or poor quality sleep and many other factors can all contribute to putting sex at the bottom of the to-do list, well after laundry, scrubbing the floor, and taking the dog to the vet.

Low libido is a multidimensional issue that can have a little bit of everything infused into its mosaic. It's not uncommon that the symptom of low libido is accompanied by fatigue, sleep disturbances, mood swings, and perhaps even mild depression. Helping patients with waning libido is attainable, and one just needs to know where to look. There are a number of factors that appear to be intimately linked to libido that can be divided into three broad categories – endocrine, lifestyle, and physical.

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New Research Shows Natural Progesterone Can Help Treat Breast Cancer (Part 2)

Posted by L. Kroon, Editor on Friday, 11 December

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This article is republished courtesy of The Official Website of John R. Lee, M.D. If you missed part one of the article, read it here.

A Recipe for Beating (and Preventing) Breast Cancer

The latest research on natural progesterone and breast cancer clearly indicates how important it is for women to maintain healthy, normal levels of progesterone that are in proper balance with estrogen. Doing so could not only increase many womens’ chances of recovering from breast cancer – as the latest research indicates – but could also help them to avoid getting breast cancer in the first place.

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New Research Shows Natural Progesterone Can Help Treat Breast Cancer (Part 1)

Posted by L. Kroon, Editor on Tuesday, 01 December

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This article is republished courtesy of The Official Website of John R. Lee, M.D. This is part one. Part two of this article can be found here.

Two months ago, a large team of scientists working on multiple continents published a research study that came to startling conclusions about breast cancer and natural progesterone. The team determined that unlike synthetic progestins, which increase breast cancer risks, natural progesterone has the potential to slow the growth of many breast cancer tumors or even shrink them.

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Preventing Breast Cancer: How Hormone Balance Can Help Save Your Life

Posted by Candace Burch on Tuesday, 17 November

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When was the last time you thought about your personal risk for breast cancer?

Even though it’s no longer National Breast Cancer Awareness month, it’s never too late to start thinking about this important topic.

Don’t let the disappearance of pink ribbons rob us of the greater message of our hard won awareness: that despite all the money raised and the billions spent, we still have no guaranteed treatment or cure for breast cancer. In the meantime, the continuing war on cancer with the latest designer drugs or procedures is big business. Sometimes it works and we survive to race for the cure. But breast cancer keeps catching up and overtaking too many of us. One in eight women is diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime, and in North America one woman dies of breast cancer every 12 minutes.

Still no cure. But we can take steps to prevent breast cancer. 

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