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Top Tips to Avoid Menopausal Heart Disease June 20, 2016

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Top Tips to Avoid Menopausal Heart DiseaseHeart disease is the leading cause of death among women so taking care of it through diet, exercise and bioidentical natural progesterone will all help your heart stay healthy.

June 14, 2016  

 

Once she reaches the age of 65 a woman’s rate of heart disease has caught up with that of men so it makes sense to be proactive and minimise your risk factors for a long and healthy life.
Risk Factors:
The biggest risk factors are smoking, high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, being overweight and having an unhealthy diet. They are also risk factors for a number of other serious health conditions including diabetes so reducing them will improve your health profile immediately.
It is a common misconception that women suffer exactly the same type of heart disease as men, but yet again there is a real difference between the sexes. Women post-menopause can have narrowing of the arteries and a build-up of deposits just like men do, but it is much more common for the cause of the heart attack to be spasm of the coronary arteries. Research suggests that the oestrogen component of HRT may aggravate coronary artery spasm, where bioidentical natural progesterone will relieve it.
What to do to minimize your risk:
You already know to eat a varied, healthy diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables but there is now a new player in the mix. Interesting new research from Malmo in Sweden found that women whose diets were high in fibre had almost 25 percent lower risk of heart disease than women whose diets were low in it. The best fibre source is fruit and vegetables, rather than bread, so you are getting multiple health benefits as well as heart protecton.
A real health boost will be yours if you also follow an anti-inflammatory diet with lots of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants – including vitamins A and C – plus the minerals potassium and magnesium.
Good news if you love chocolate – and who doesn’t – because cocoa has been validated as having these cardiovascular benefits:
• Inhibits the oxidation of LDL
• Improves endothelial function
• Inhibits platelet activation
• Reduces LDL
• Increases HDL
• Increases insulin sensitivity
• Reduces inflammatory proteins
• Lowers blood pressure
Of course these are not just found in chocolate – you will get the same benefits in tea, fruit, vegetables and red wine so you can balance out your chocolate intake! The chocolate health winner though is raw chocolate and you can add it to smoothies, drinks and shakes. If you want to chew on a bar then go for dark (plain) chocolate with a high cocoa content of at least 75%.
Regular, enjoyable, exercise is also key and if it is weight bearing it will help with osteoporosis too.
Stress affects every single part of your body and if you are regularly stressed, and on a long-term basis, then this is a serious risk factor and needs to be addressed. Find ways to reduce the pressure whether that is taking a walk, talking to a friend or taking up a hobby. Singing, dancing, meditation are all good ways to relax – just find what suits you and stick to it.
Summary:
Tackling your diet, exercise regime and stress levels will make a huge difference to your risk of heart disease. There is also another two other things you can do to protect your heart.
It has been known for many years that progesterone is effective in relaxing coronary arteries which have gone into spasm, and that excess oestrogen can in fact cause spasm. As we have seen, most menopausal women’s heart attacks are due to heart spasm so this is a simple and effective preventive measure to avoid a potentially fatal heart attack.
Oestrogen dominance is also linked to heart disease so tackling that as well will give you a good healthy way to take care of you heart.
More information
http://www.bio-hormone-health.com/2016/01/18/3-ways-to-reduce-high-blood-pressure/
http://www.bio-hormone-health.com/2016/02/05/top-tips-to-avoid-menopausal-heart-disease/

http://www.bio-hormone-health.com/2016/03/21/what-signs-of-oestrogen-dominance-do-you-have/

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Female Hormone Basics – What, When, Why….. March 11, 2016

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Read the entire article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/society-for-womens-health-research/hormones-from-puberty-to-post-menopause_b_9409894.html

 

Menopause Monday November 17, 2014

6 Tips For Weight Loss At Menopause

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Menopause and weight gain seem to go together for the majority of women, even those who have always been slim. Your hormones are one factor, but here are some useful tips to help lose those pounds.
October 24, 2014
From Wellsprings
http://anna.blog.wellsprings-health.com

Most women notice that along with menopause comes some unwanted weight, particularly on the stomach, hips and thighs. Unfortunately this is Nature’s way of making sure that your declining oestrogen levels are getting topped up by switching production to the fat cells.
No matter how much you exercise, or how healthily you eat, it is very hard to avoid putting on those extra pounds but there are some simple ways to manage your weight at menopause.

Hormone Balance
1. Get oestrogen dominance under control as oestrogen is produced in the fat cells you want to make sure that it is not being produced in excess. Rebalancing with bioidentical natural progesterone will help keep it under control, and as progesterone is also a diuretic that can help with that bloated stomach too.
Useful article:
http://www.bio-hormone-health.com/2014/08/06/what-is-oestrogen-dominance/


Sleep

2. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep because you burn calories when you sleep, so the less of it you get the more calories get stored in your body. Also, when tired we tend to go for a ‘quick fix’ of something comforting which is usually carbohydrate, fat and sugar none of which help lose us weight. These foods are high in calories but they affect your bloods sugar levels and then can leave you feeling tired, irritable, anxious and reaching for the next fix.
Useful article:
http://www.bio-hormone-health.com/2014/07/02/5-ways-to-improve-your-sleep/

Control Your Blood Sugar
3. Some will find eating little and often as your body can cope better with several small meals throughout the day, not a couple of large ones. This is the best way of keeping your blood sugar levels stable and studies show that people who eat 4-5 meals or snacks a day are better able to control their appetite and weight. Stick to a Mediterranean style diet for healthy weight loss with fresh wholefoods, vegetables, fruit, salads, nuts, and seeds.
Useful article:
http://www.bio-hormone-health.com/2014/01/27/the-dash-diet-is-no-1-for-weight-loss/

Hydration
4. Drink plenty of water as often, though you think you are hungry, you might actually just be thirsty because the majority of us simply do not drink enough water. Your body needs fluid to perform many of its functions, but strangely enough if you drink too little you can actually end up with fluid retention as your body is holding on to whatever it can get to work efficiently. Your body does not need fluids that actually make it work harder, such as fizzy sugar laden drinks and alcohol, so stick to plain water wherever you can.

Alcohol
5. Reduce your alcohol intake as it can be a major obstacle when trying to lose weight. Although there are certain drinks, such as red wine, that have been some health benefits generally it is a good idea to really cut down. The problem is that alcohol upsets blood sugar levels, depletes nutrients, causes liver problems, aggravates the gut, lowers immunity and, if you’re trying to lose weight, it is not good news as it increases hunger and cravings for junk foods. We also know that your liver cannot metabolise fat while it deals with toxins like alcohol.

Get Your HEC in check ( Hinger. Energy. Cravings)
6. Understanding why you eat is crucial, as menopause certainly can be an absolute rollercoaster in terms of your emotions. If it is emotion, rather than physical hunger, that triggers your eating then it will really help you to tackle this in order to lose weight. The simplest method is to keep a food diary; noting down what you eat and why you are are eating it, for instance are you angry, sad, upset? You may find it simpler to talk this through with someone like a counsellor or a therapist who specialises in this area.

Eat Clean Train Smart. Feel Great

Jax

 

Menopause Monday #4 Weight Gain – Unstoppable? August 25, 2014

Piling on the pounds can easily happen during menopause
Many women find it hard to control their weight during menopause but most put this down to poor diet or lack of exercise.

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In fact, the hormonal changes that menopause brings are an important factor in weight gain and can make losing weight more difficult.

As we start the change, production of our body’s two major hormones, oestrogen and progesterone, starts to fall. This in itself is entirely natural.

However in Western societies, a combination of factors including extended use of birth control, processed foods and environmental toxins, cause progesterone levels to drop much faster than in societies where these factors are not present. The result is a condition called oestrogen dominance.

Oestrogen dominance is an imbalance between oestrogen and progesterone levels whereby, instead of the two hormones being relatively equal to each other, the ratio of oestrogen is elevated.

“My anxiety has gone, all my womanly feelings have returned, I lost 7 pounds in weight in 10 days (no dieting) – no more bloating…”
Jane – age 49 Surrey, UK

This can occur even with low oestrogen levels, and the symptoms are easily recognised: hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings etc.

Less well known is that oestrogen, when unchecked by progesterone, interferes with thyroid function, reducing its effectiveness.

This stimulates an increase in the production of insulin, leading to increased conversion of carbohydrate into fat, as well as sugar cravings. The result is that the weight piles on much easier and slimming down is much harder.

“There are no doubt good evolutionary reasons for some of oestrogen’s seemingly negative actions on the body such as water retention and weight gain. If we think of oestrogen in terms of procreation and survival of the fetus, it would seem advantageous to the baby for the expectant mother, in times of famine, to store body fat.”
Dr John Lee MD – What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About The Menopause

Supplementing with natural progesterone products, such as Wellsprings Serenity and 20-1 cream, helps restore hormonal balance and in doing so can make weight control throughout menopause much easier to manage.

Food or rather Cream for thought.

Eat Clean. Stay Active. Feel Great

Jax

 

Obesity Raises Breast Cancer Death Risk in Pre-Menopausal Women May 25, 2014

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Obesity Raises Breast Cancer Death Risk in Pre-Menopausal Women
By Nicole Ostrow May 15, 2014

Women younger than 50 who are obese and have a common form of breast cancer have a higher risk of dying from the disease than women with the cancer who are normal weight, researchers said.

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Being obese was associated with a 34 percent increased chance of breast cancer death in pre-menopausal women with estrogen receptor-positive disease, which responds to hormone treatment, an analysis of 70 clinical trials found. The study, released yesterday, will be presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting beginning May 30 in Chicago.

The research is among the latest to tie obesity to cancer risk and the largest to examine weight’s role in the prognosis of estrogen-receptor positive breast malignancy and menopausal status, the authors said. Obesity is associated with increased dangers of other cancers including esophagus, endometrium, colon, kidney, pancreas, thyroid and gallbladder, according to the National Cancer Institute.

“This study is part of the growing body of evidence showing that patients who are obese generally fare worse with cancer –- in this case, younger women with breast cancer,” Clifford Hudis, president of the cancer doctors’ group, said in a statement. “With some two-thirds of our nation’s adult population now obese or overweight, there’s simply no avoiding obesity as a complicating factor in cancer care.”

Breast cancer is the most diagnosed cancer among U.S. women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Two-thirds of all breast tumors are fed by estrogen, according to the National Institutes of Health. More than 230,000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and 40,000 will die.

Study Results

The study’s results showed no association between weight and death in post-menopausal women with estrogen receptor-positive disease, a surprise finding because obesity increases blood estrogen levels in older women, said lead study author Hongchao Pan.

“This is exactly the opposite of what we expected,” Pan, a senior research fellow at the University of Oxford in the U.K., said in a telephone interview. “We know the effect is definite and real. We don’t know the mechanisms that underlie the association at the moment.”

Researchers in the study looked at 80,000 women in 70 clinical trials. Of those, 20,000 were pre-menopausal with ER-positive disease, 40,000 had ER-positive disease and were post-menopausal and 20,000 were pre-menopausal with ER-negative disease.

They found that both overweight and obese pre-menopausal women had a higher risk of dying from ER-positive breast cancer compared with women who were normal weight.