Some research has now been done examining the health consequences of hormone replacement therapy for transgender people. A study recently came out looking specifically at what’s called a “serum lipid profile”… or in other words, the fats (like cholesterol) normally floating around in blood. This was a somewhat long-term study. The reseachers were able to look at the lipid profile before hormones, 24, and 60 months after starting hormones. Both male-to-female and female-to-male transgender people had increases in triglycerides and total cholesterol. Trans women (male-to-female) had an increase in high-density lipoprotein (the “good” cholesterol). Trans men (female-to-male) had an increase in low-density lipoprotein (the “bad” cholesterol) and a decrease in high-density lipoprotein.
The authors conclude that trans men may be at a higher risk for cardiovascular health problems. Personally, I find these results to be a good reinforcement of the need for health monitoring during transition.
This study was published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine and its abstract is available free.