The Role of Weight Training, Peptides and Hormone Optimization in Slowing Down Aging w/Dr. Mickey Barber


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Most women are taught to avoid weightlifting out of fear of bulking up. However, this is a huge missed opportunity, and even a danger to their health. Why is weightlifting important from an age management perspective? What is the surprising truth about the use of testosterone in the treatment of breast cancer? On this episode, I’m joined by Dr. Mickey Barber for an awesome, in-depth conversation about some of the frontline treatments and methods that keep her patients looking and feeling great.

If you’re not doing weight training, you’re going to waste away and the muscle will be replaced with fat. -Dr. Mickey Barber

Three Takeaways

  • Hormone replacement for women is not only safe, but also instrumental in the prevention of diseases.
  • Using TOT for breast cancer treatment was actually normal in the 1940s until pharmaceutical companies got involved. Testosterone down-regulates the estrogen receptors that are up-relegated with breast cancer.
  • Weightlifting for women: Whatever you work out with at the gym has to be heavier than your handbag.

At the start of the show, Dr. Mickey shared how she got started, the health challenges she faced, and how that led her down the path of optimization. We also discussed the importance of building muscle for women, and why medicine is 40% science and 60% art and intuition. Dr. Mickey also talked about different peptides and the varying benefits they have.

We also discussed:

  • Why we can’t use blanket statements when it comes to nutrition
  • If hormone replacement is safe for women
  • How low bone density can be reversed

It’s natural for us to lose bone density and muscle as we get older. When we lift weights, we’re tearing the muscle down and building it back up through nutrition and supplements providing protein and amino acids. Without this, we would simply shrivel away. Until our evolution catches up with our lifespan, we have to do something about it and consistent weight training is the way. Optimizing hormones also helps, but it can’t be in isolation. Lifestyle is still important, so we also have to also prioritize sleep, fitness and nutrition.

Guest Bio-

Dr. Mickey is the Chief Executive Officer/Chief Medical Officer at Better Life Carolinas. She offers an integrative approach to age management medicine while providing the patient with an assessment of hormonal balance and overall health and disease risk. Her philosophy for successful aging includes maintaining energy, health, and sexual vigor through shared responsibility of the patient-doctor team. Dr. Barber not only teaches her patients about hormonal balance but practices such balance herself. She has competed in Masters level figure competitions at the age of 48 placing second and ten years later competing to a standing ovation. Given a strong family history of heart disease and cancer, she takes her health very seriously and is a living example of the benefits of the program. Go to for more information.

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