Why Low Cholesterol is Not Always The Answer

Why Low Cholesterol Isn't Always the Answer


Understanding the biology and physiology of estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone gives us insight on how critical they are to the optimal function of the body. When they are deficient, as in menopause, it’s preferable, whenever possible, to utilize pharmaceutical bioidentical hormones to restore the very same hormones which have been in your body since you went through puberty. Cholesterol, which some people regard as something “bad”, is actually the basic building block for all the hormones made by the ovaries and the adrenal glands. Care should be taken to not aggressively lower cholesterol to extremely low levels with cholesterol lowering drugs because it can cause marked disruption in production of these vital hormones.

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Premature Menopause: When The Change Comes Early

Studies show about eight of every 100 women of childbearing age – about 3.9 million women – go through natural menopause before the age of 40. Sometimes early menopause has a genetic basis and a 2006 study has attributed it to certain genes. In these families premature graying of the hair, sometimes as early as the 20s, is often seen. About 3.2 percent of women with premature ovarian failure also have Addison’s disease, an autoimmune disease of the adrenal glands. Addison’s disease is easily treated but it can be dangerous for women who don’t know they have it. If a genetic basis is suspected these women are well advised to consider having their families at an earlier age. If your periods stop and you suspect premature menopause, see an endocrinologist to confirm that it is truly menopause and not a temporary cessation from some other abnormality.

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