i. Menopause Is Not a Disease...It's time to stop and consider why our medical establishment is turning every biological event - even something as NATURAL as menopause -into a condition in need of drug treatments. The menopause transition and post menopause itself is a NATURAL LIFE CHANGE , not a disease state or a disorder -- Dr. Neal D. Barnard, M.D.
ii. " Menopause is not a disease. It is a NATURAL life process which happens to 100 per cent of women at some stage of their lives, usually about 51 years of age. The truth is that any process related to women’s reproductive organs, including menstruation, birth and menopause, have always been seen by medical experts as needing to be fixed or improved upon. ...Men can also go through a hard time in their 50s but doctors do not blame a male menopause...". --' Dr. Jacqueline Jones, MD.
Biology of Menopause. "Natural or physiological menopause occurs as a part of a woman's NORMAL AGING process. It is the result of the eventual depletion of almost all of the oocytes and ovarian follicles in the ovaries(about 500,000 at birth).
The average woman in robust health at her life peak enjoys a CONTINUAL EQUILIBRIUM between her two major hormones -- oestrogen and progesterone. No spurts, no decline, always agreeing with themselves. But as she advances in age this humming hormonal relationship begins to blunt out, leading to PROGRESSIVE IMBALANCE, NOT DECLINE AS WAS BELIEVED FOR YEARS. It is this enduring unnatural fluctuation in the secretion of oestrogen and progesterone -- NEVER THEIR DECLINE AT ALL -- that take away the physical advantages that they have been offering to that woman all through her productive years. This also opens the door for menopause "symptoms".
A SHORT, INCONVENIENCING TRANSITION:“ "...the transition itself has a variable degree of effects, and it can, in fact, be a difficult time of life. Hot flashes can be so strong that they raise the body temperature by many degrees in a very short period of time; this extreme temperature differential can cause the sufferer to feel weak and break out in heavy sweating. Despite the discomfort to the woman, hot flashes are not considered harmful by physicians. though vaginal atrophy and skin drying will continue after the menopause transition years are over; however, many effects that are caused by the extreme fluctuations in hormone levels (for example hot flashes and mood changes) usually disappear or improve significantly once the perimenopause transition is completely over .
AGE for Onset of Menopause:
Even though the process, or the course of peri-menopause or menopause can be difficult to predict, the age of onset is somewhat predictable: women will often, but not always, start these transitions (perimenopause and menopause) about the same time as their mother.
Progression of Menopause. (i)Premature menopause: menopause before the age of 40. Often referred to as premature ovarian failure. (ii)Pre menopause: Pre-menopause is the years leading up to the last period, when the levels of reproductive hormones are already becoming lower and more erratic, and the effects of hormone withdrawal may be present.
(iii)Perimenopause Peri-menopause aka the menopause transition
Peri-menopause is the menopause transition years. This transition can last for four to eight years. The official date is determined retroactively, once 12 months have passed after the last appearance of menstrual blood. (iv)Post-menopause The term post-menopause is applied to women who have not experienced a menstrual bleed for a minimum of 12 months, assuming that they do still have a uterus, and are not pregnant or lactating.
Common symptoms of Menopause. During peri-menopause, estrogen levels average about 20-30% HIGHER THAN during pre menopause, often with wide fluctuations in levels. These fluctuations cause many of the physical changes during peri-menopause as well as menopause. Some of these changes are hot flashes, night sweats, difficulty sleeping, vaginal dryness or atrophy, incontinence, osteoporosis, and heart disease. The "flash" sensation occurs as the body temperature soars upward, reaching a peak very rapidly. The "hot" sensation is not the initial temperature rise; rather, it is a reaction to the slowness of the body's return to a more normal temperature range. All the various possible peri menopause effects are caused by an overall drop, as well as dramatic but erratic fluctuations, in the absolute levels and relative levels of estrogens and progesterone”
Insulin Resistance and Menopause. “Hot flashes and night sweats appear to be linked to higher serum glucose levels and indicators of insulin resistance,....women as they transition into menopause add insulin resistance to the other cardiovascular risk factors.... Because insulin is one of the major hormones, it’s also impossible for your body to balance its “minor” hormones (estrogen, progesterone and testosterone among them) until your insulin metabolism is balanced first. To put it simply, if you have hot flashes and you are insulin resistant, it’s going to be nearly impossible to cure the hot flashes without first healing the insulin resistance. The good news is that you can heal insulin resistance with diet and targeted natural products. ..."
"WRONG" DRUG TREATMENTS for Menopause. Dangers of Hormone Replacement Therapy(HRT)
" Why do so many women use hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to cope with the menopause, particularly when it might damage their health? Recent research, published in the British Journal of Cancer, showed that the combined oestrogen/progestogen version of HRT almost trebled the risk of developing breast cancer. The authors concluded that the risk of developing breast cancer increases with duration of taking combined HRT..." Dr. Jacqueline Jones, MD
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1. Role of Diet and Natural products. Why is this important? “Controlling your menopausal client’s insulin levels is one of the most powerful anti-aging strategies you can possibly implement! Insulin resistance rises in menopausal women when they eat a diet high in carbs and processed foods — pasta, breads and snack foods made with white flour.. Insulin resistance results in the body storing calories as fat, and this can occur even when they are dieting” Why is that so? This is because of the fluctuation in your hormones. Your body’s hormones have a direct impact on your appetite, metabolism, and fat storage. How does that work out? Now, see:
This "insulin resistance" changes how our bodies handle the foods we eat. For example, if you ate 1,000 calories before menopause, you would burn 700 of them and store around 300. After menopause, your body will store 700 and burn only 300! This is a big difference, and the result is weight gain! Luckily, the insulin resistance associated with hormonal changes during menopause is easily treatable with the right diet and lifestyle program. An insulin-sensitizing program that is composed of an adequate protein, controlled carbohydrate meal plan can treat the problems associated with menopause. (See "Sikamoretree Treatment Approach, Menopause")
...2. Role of Exercise:
Exercise becomes particularly important as a woman ages. Regular exercise benefits the heart and bones, helps regulate weight, and can be a mood enhancer, creating a better sense of well-being... Regular exercise of 30 minutes or more per day, 3–5 times a week is beneficial for regulating metabolic function and hormonal balance... will also encourage proper sleeping habits, help alleviate blood chemistry surges, and promote a thriving, well - balanced body.""
.."Many women manage hot flashes by dressing in ways that dissipate heat quickly (natural fabrics, loose clothing, easily removable layers of lightweight garments) as well as mechanical means which help the body to remove excess heat, such as fans, drinking ice water, and staying in cool room..."...
a " Menopause is not a disease; it's a NATURAL stage in a woman's life...Menopause is a change. Not “the” change, but “a” change —and your body, in the midst of that change, is in a process of flux for a few years'". -- Dr. Susan Love, MD, PhD, author of " Menopause & Hormone Book".
b. "After working with thousands of women who have gone through this process, as well as experiencing it myself, I can say with great assurance that menopause is an exciting developmental stage — one that, when participated in consciously, holds enormous promise for TRANSFORMING and HEALING our bodies, minds, and spirits at the deepest levels.". Dr. Christiane Northrup, MD, from her great book, "The Wisdom of Menopause".