Beware: Narcotics Lower Levels Of Testosterone And Estrogen

I want to start out by saying, I don’t judge anyone. I want everyone to be safe and healthy and live the best life they can. But sometimes I see people NOT benefiting from their drugs. Drugs should be used to keep people living life to the fullest. They should help people wake up in the morning and start their day. To give them the energy and strength to cook dinner, clean the house, take care of their family members, plan celebrations, engaging in healthy relationships. If drugs stop you from living, if they enable you to withdraw and become isolated and stop living and trying, then those drugs are not good for you and you should seek an alternative.

But there is another reason you might want to seek an alternative to narcotic pain pills. Five studies have shown that long term use of narcotic pain pills dramatically lowers your estrogen and testosterone levels.

(Vuong C, Van Uum SH, O’Dell LE, et al. The effects of opioids and opioid analogues on animal and human endocrine systems. Endocr Rev 2010;31:98-132……Reddy RG, Aung T, Karavitaki N, Wass JA. Opioid-induced hypogonadism. BMJ 2010;341:c4462……Katz N, Mazer NA. The impact of opioids on the endocrine system. Clin J Pain 2009;25:170-5……Colameco S, Coren JS. Opioid-induced endocrinopathy. J Am Osteopath Assoc 2009;109:20-5……Merza Z. Chronic use of opioids and the endocrine system. Horm Metab Res 2010;42:621-6)

And we all know that naturally high levels of estrogen and testosterone are associated with youth, health, quick recovery from injury and all sorts of other goodness. High testosterone and estrogen levels from artificial means are controversial.

So how bad is this news? Hormone levels drop in up to 86% of chronic opioid users…and can lead to low libido, impotence, or irregular menses.

I think that is enough to think about for now. Stay well, stay healthy, and live life to the fullest. xoxo

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