November 09, 2015
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VIDEO: Researcher explores role of sex hormones in metabolic health of men transitioning to women

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LOS ANGELES — Sex hormones are critically important to modulation of adipose tissue function, metabolism, insulin sensitivity and overall health, said Deborah Clegg, PhD, of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills, California, in a video interview.

Estrogens and certain estrogen receptors in fat cells and the brain play a protective role in women’s metabolic health, according to Clegg.  She is currently researching how these hormones function in male-to-female transsexual transitioning. A key question is whether estrogens are as crucial to metabolic health in this setting or whether the ratio of androgens to estrogens is more important.