This is for all women that feel like you have spent most of your entire lives taking care of everybody but yourself.
The average women from the United States can expect to live approximately 79 years. That really is not enough time to do all the things we want to do.
Of course that does not mean you will have 79 years of health and wellness that only means you may live to be 79.
In 1972 our expected life span was 69 years old. It seems we are getting better at living longer. We believe this is because woman have taken the time to educate themselves and have begun to practice preventative medicine.
We no longer just “take whatever prescription that is handed out.” We now question what it is for and what the side effects are. We practice taking responsibility for our health and welfare yet we have a long time way to go and a short time to get there.
Our bodies are built to last much longer than we are expected to live IF we take care of them inside and out. If I were to live out my life expectancy, I would wish it be an active quality of life. I would not want to spend the end of my life or any of my life in a hospital or nursing home. I cannot imagine many of us would.
As we get older, usually around age 40, sometimes 35 our bodies start to decrease hormone production. Why, because our body determines we are most likely beyond our child bearing years and at that point seems to think we are ready to throw in the towel and just wait to grow old and die.
As our hormones decline we start to have all sorts of new ailments. When we go to the Doctor, we end up leaving with 2 or 3 prescriptions that may or may not make us feel better although we rarely ever find out the root cause of why we went to the Doctor in the first place. The new prescriptions are usually those most advertised and always have multiple side effects so we end up getting another prescription to reverse the side effects of the first one. Pretty soon we look like our Grandmother may have with 15 bottles of pills in our medicine cabinet and hardly able to afford the prescriptions and guess what? We really don’t feel any better. At times, we just stop feeling at all.
Somebody said, “Getting older is not for sissies.” I tend to agree but believe if we take control of our lives, pay attention to our bodies, and make a few simple lifestyle changes we can be dancing the dance of life far past the 79 years and stay out of the nursing home.
I recently heard a woman (we will call her Sue, not her real name) say, “I don’t need hormones I am only 35 and I have never had a hot flash in my life, my periods are always regular.” In the next sentence Sue began speaking of a new onset of symptoms “feeling blue for no reason, mental confusion, anxiety, irritation, weight gain around the middle, the list goes on.
Guess what? You do not have to be in Menopause to need your hormones evaluated and balance. Sue ended up going to her Doctor to let him know about all these new problems she was noticing and got a prescription for anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medication, and a prescription for a weight loss medication. I ask you, did this really help Sue?
Sue eventually had a blood spot and saliva testing which concluded that she had too much estrogen and not enough progesterone and that her testosterone (yes, ladies we have it too, just not as much) was very low. Sue started taking bio-identical hormones that were prescribed by a Doctor and compounded by a Pharmacy for her. The medication came in a cream and the Compounding Pharmacy made customized it to meet her individual needs. After all, we are not all the same so one pill in one dose does not work for all of us. We need it to be individualized and customized for our specific needs.
Within 2 weeks Sue noticed her “foggy brain and mental confusion were starting to clear”. Within a month her family noticed she was not irritable and anxious for no reason. As for the depression, well that went away within 6 weeks and when Sue realized she lost 8 pounds needless to say, she felt like her energetic self once again.
Sue had her saliva testing and blood spot test at month 3 and the Doctor tweaked the individualized hormone dose a bit based on the current lab studies. The compounding Pharmacy made the customized prescription, had it delivered to Sue’s door and one year later, she still feels great and believes she will not be needing the once prescribed long list of anti-depressants, anti-anxiety, and weight loss medications ever again. Congratulations Sue!!!
We encourage you to get your hormones tested. Do not wait until they are in such decline that you are no longer protecting your body’s vital organs. Do this for yourself and do this for the ones you love.
Facts Women need to know provided by the American Heart Association
- 1 in 5 females in the U.S. have some form of heart disease.
- A woman dies from heart disease every 34 seconds.
- African-American and Mexican-American women have higher heart disease and stroke risk factors than white women of comparable socioeconomic status.
- The prevalence of high blood pressure in minority women in the U.S. is among the highest in the world. Coronary heart disease rates in women after menopause are 2-3 times those of women the same age before menopause.
- Heart disease claims more women’s lives than the next 8 causes of deaths combined . . . including breast cancer.
- Most women begin to develop heart disease at a very young age.
- Over 35% of American women are overweight.
- Over 25% of American women smoke.
- Heart disease is the # 1 killer of American women.
- 1 in every 3 women dies of heart disease.
- Nearly two-thirds of American women who die suddenly of a heart attack had no prior symptoms.
- Americans can lower their risk of heart disease by as much as 82% just by leading a healthy lifestyle.
Facts about estrogen and cardiovascular disease:
Physicians now know that estrogen helps protect women against heart disease, which is critical as more American women die of heart disease than any other disease. When a woman’s body is producing estrogen, her risk of having a heart attack is much lower than a man’s. However, by the time a woman is 65 years old, her risk of heart attack equals a man’s because she no longer produces estrogen.
How does estrogen protect against heart disease?
There are several ways that estrogen protects the body from heart disease. First, it reduces the body’s total cholesterol level by regulating the amount of cholesterol produced by the liver. This, in turn, raises the high-density lipoprotein (HDL) level, commonly referred to as the “good” cholesterol, and lowers the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) level, or “bad” cholesterol. (The LDL is the cholesterol that builds up in the arteries, increasing the risk of heart attack, while HDL helps to prevent blockage from occurring in the arteries.) Several clinical studies over the past 15 years have shown that women who use estrogen after menopause significantly reduce their risk of developing and dying from heart disease. A 1991 study showed that estrogen replacement reduced the risk of death from cardiovascular disease by almost 50 percent, with actual overall deaths reduced by 40 percent. Some researchers believe this is because of estrogen’s ability to maintain HDL and LDL levels at healthier, premenopausal levels. In most cases, this protection lasts for as long as the woman is taking estrogen.
Facts about estrogen and stroke:
Today, there is growing evidence that estrogen replacement therapy may decrease the incidence of stroke, another deadly disease that affects many elderly women. Most strokes are caused by the same type of arterial disease that causes heart attacks. One study showed that estrogen replacement therapy decreased the incidence of stroke by 30 to 40 percent in postmenopausal women. Further research in this area continues.
Facts about estrogen and Alzheimer’s disease:
Estrogen is important to the building and maintenance of nerve networks in the brain from early on in life. Several studies are now pointing to the fact that estrogen may offer protection against Alzheimer’s disease in postmenopausal women. One study conducted on almost 90,000 postmenopausal women found that those taking estrogen had a significantly longer life and by the time of their deaths, the women on estrogen had a 40 percent lower incidence of Alzheimer’s disease. In another related study, estrogen was also associated with a significantly decreased occurrence of the disease. In addition, those women who did develop Alzheimer’s disease and were on estrogen replacement therapy seemed to have a milder form of the disease. Additional studies are being conducted to determine just what the protective nature of estrogen is in its relationship with Alzheimer’s disease.
Facts about estrogen and osteoporosis:
Women are four times more likely to develop osteoporosis than men. Estrogen deficiency is one significant cause of accelerated bone loss in women during and after menopause, and is the major cause of bone fractures in postmenopausal women.
How does menopause affect osteoporosis?
Bone mass reduction accelerates during menopause – demonstrating a clear relationship between the level of estrogen in a woman’s body and the speed at which osteoporosis develops. After menopause, a woman’s risk for osteoporosis is greatly increased. The sudden loss of estrogen leads to bone loss of between 2 and 5 percent for at least five to ten years after menopause.
Bone loss generally begins after age 35. It is important for women of all ages to build bone mass with weight-bearing exercises such as walking, running, and lifting weights. Physicians also recommend diets rich in calcium and vitamin D. In addition, it is generally recommended that women take in at least 1,000 mg of calcium before menopause and 1,500 mg after menopause.
Estrogen replacement therapy and non-hormonal medications may help prevent osteoporosis, although these medications cannot reverse bone loss once it has occurred.