WOW is the word that comes to mind when thinking about our signature BOW Talks "Wine & Menopause" event on September 30, 2017. Women shared their experiences with menopause and how the crazy fluctuations of our hormones can wreak havoc. And this can begin in our 20s! I never even considered hormones being an issue until I was in my 40s. Levels can start to drop drastically in our mid 20s to early 30s. Most doctors wouldn't recommend getting hormone levels tested at that age.
Dr. Hope Engsberg, our keynote speaker, armed us all with information that many of us were never aware of. We left there considering how we have felt (not as optimized as we'd like) and how we want to feel going forward. Some of the information she provided us includes: Hormone imbalance can occur in men and women at any age. Hormones are the key to mental clarity, anxiety control, bone building, heart health, diabetes prevention, weight management and libido. And not all hormone therapies are created equal (Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) vs Synthetic). Did you know that estrogen alone has over 400 functions in the body? Just a few of those functions include controlling hot flashes, maintaining bone density, memory, reduces colon cancer risk, maintains collagen in your skin, and increases the supply of serotonin and dopamine. And testosterone protects your bones, brain, breasts, heart, and joints.
A disturbing thought is that within the next 10 years, Alzheimer's will surpass heart disease as the number one cause of death in women. How can we get ahead of this now?
We don't "have" to be moody all the time. We don't "have" to feel fatigued with a loss of zest for life. We don't "have" to become dried up shells of our former selves. We can do something about it and feel even better than we did in our 20s and 30s. The challenge for most of us is finding the right doctor. Many OB/GYNs are focused on delivering babies, which they should be, but they're not all focused on how to OPTIMIZE the hormonal state of women. General practitioners are trained to know a little about a lot of things. They may not be fully trained to specialize in understanding the nuances of hormonal balance. Sure, these doctors can treat your symptoms and they may think that once you fall within the wide range of what's considered to be "an okay level" - is it really the right level for you? Do they focus on OPTIMIZING you? That's what seems to be missing. Choosing the right doctor is key. If your current doctor tells you you're fine but you still don't feel fine, only you know what your body is truly telling you. You need to listen to your body and continue to search for the right answers and solutions. We're not a "one size fits all." We're each intricate and delicate creatures who require a very customized recipe that is created just for us. You deserve nothing less.