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The Link Between Hormones and Bone Health
29 May 2019

The Link Between Hormones and Bone Health

May is Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month. Osteoporosis is a loss of bone density that can occur as we age. It is responsible for over a million broken bones each year, and is a major cause of fractures, back pain, spinal problems and loss of independence. Hip fractures are the #1 cause of nursing home admissions and none of us want that! Ten million Americans...

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What You Need to Know About Alopecia in Women
22 May 2019

What You Need to Know About Alopecia in Women

by Jill Grunewald I get a lot of questions like:  “How do I know this is alopecia?” “I don’t have an official diagnosis—is it still alopecia?” “I have diffuse hair loss—could it be alopecia and will your program help me?”  “I have female pattern baldness—is this alopecia?” It’s all “alopecia” because the medical term for hair loss (any pattern—total, patchy or diffuse) is “alopecia.” But...

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How Hormones Affect Women’s Bodies in Ways You Didn’t Realize
14 May 2019

How Hormones Affect Women’s Bodies in Ways You Didn’t Realize

We typically don’t realize how our hormones affect our bodies until some sort of imbalance occurs. When there’s a hormonal imbalance, it means there’s either too much or too little of a specific hormone in the bloodstream. This affects the body greatly as hormones regulate most of our major bodily processes such as your metabolism, sleep cycle, heart rate, sexual function, mood, and so much...

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Are You Afraid of Hormone Therapy?
19 Apr 2017

Are You Afraid of Hormone Therapy?

There’s good news on the horizon for the millions of women who are suffering with hormonal symptoms but afraid to take HRT. It’s been a long time coming…but the recommendations about what to use and how to use it (relative to estrogen therapy) are about to change. The North American Menopause Society is updating the guidelines for hormone replacement therapy (HRT) that were last published...

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The Truth About Estrogen and Breast Cancer Risk
15 Oct 2015

The Truth About Estrogen and Breast Cancer Risk

Almost 15 years after sensationalized studies were published; hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is still getting a bad rap. In 2002, all hell broke loose when the Women’s Health Initiative Study was published. This very large trial was designed to study the possible health benefits of estrogen. Women were given either estrogen alone if they’d had a hysterectomy or a combination of medroxyprogesterone (Provera®) and synthetic...

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27 Feb 2014

The Truth about Women, Hormones and Heart Disease

Did you know? Heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the United States? That a woman suffers a heart attack every 90 seconds in this country? Many of these could be prevented with simple lifestyle changes? Women in midlife (particularly after menopause) are more at risk for developing heart disease partly because their bodies produce less estrogen. Women who go through early menopause...

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03 Oct 2013

4 Sneaky Ways Your Body may be Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Work

As many women enter perimenopause or approach menopause, they find themselves experiencing unexplained weight gain — especially around the waist and hips — despite their best attempts to diet. And suddenly, the usual weight loss tool box in empty. Weight gain in the abdomen is one of the most common complaints of perimenopausal women. Yet most women have been told that an extra 10–20 pounds...

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26 Sep 2013

What to do When Your Adrenal Glands are ready to Surrender

Every day, a wide range of physical and psychological stressors — a demanding job, raising a family, relationship dynamics, lack of sleep, financial pressures, suboptimal nutrition, dieting, unresolved emotional distress — signal your adrenal glands to produce stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol). This is helpful up to a point (because it helps us get our to-do lists done), but when our adrenal glands are required...

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19 Sep 2013

Gotta Go, Gotta Go, Gotta Go RIGHT NOW!

If you’re a woman who’s entered perimenopause, you may be noticing that trips to the bathroom are becoming more frequent and less in your control. This can be annoying and embarrassing, especially if you don’t make it quite in time! What’s the connection between menopause and that “gotta go right now” feeling? During perimenopause and menopause, the level of estrogen, which helps to keep the...

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29 Aug 2013

The Power of Progesterone

It’s time to talk about progesterone. This magical hormone is Snow White to the 7 Dwarves of menopause (Itchy, Bitchy, Bloaty, Sleepy, Sweaty, Forgetful and Psycho). She keeps them cool, calm and collected. Despite her role as Best Supporting Actress, she’s probably the most ignored of the bioidentical hormones. So what’s progesterone?  It is the hormone that a woman’s ovaries produce in the second half...

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