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Debunking The Top 10 Menopause Myths (Part 2 of 2) | Deon Hall-Garriques

THIS BLOG IS PART 2 OF 2 AND WILL COVER THE REMAINING 5 OF THE TOP 10 COMMON MENOPAUSE MYTHS. PART 1 OF 2 COVERED THE FIRST 5 MYTHS. CLICK HERE IS THE LINK TO READ PART 1 OF 2




Myth No. 6 - Menopausal women should avoid soy 


Soy continues to be a very controversial food. Some people see no problems with soy, particularly the fermented forms, while others are totally against all forms of soy because they believe that the estrogen in soy is bad. Here is the deal, there is no conclusive evidence to suggest that it is harmful or beneficial to menopausal women. I suggest that you work with your medical practitioner to determine the best course of action that is right for you as there is not one size fits all when it comes to soy.   


Myth No. 7 - You no longer produce hormones after menopause. 


The truth is your body still produces hormones, but there is a shift in the types and quantities produced. For example, as you approach menopause, estrogen production in the ovaries diminishes (decline in reproduction), and the production shifts to the adrenals.


Myth No. 8 - If you have a partial or total hysterectomy, you will not experience any menopause symptoms.




You are very likely to experience menopause symptoms soon after a partial (removal of the uterus only) or total (removal of the uterus, cervix, ovaries, and fallopian tubes) hysterectomy because there is a drastic shift in hormonal 

Balance.


Myth No. 9 - You are bound for Osteoporosis

As your estrogen levels decrease during menopause, you can have bone loss. However, if you have high bone density before you begin menopause, your chance of osteoporosis is reduced. 


That means, entering menopause with a diet that is calcium-rich foods and beverages and have a practice some form of strength training exercises you have a head start. 


Additionally, studies show that women who use hormone therapy can increase bone mass and improve bone structure. In addition to talking to your healthcare provider, start with wholesome nutrition including calcium-rich foods, supplements, frequent movement including strength training exercises.




Myth No. 10 - Hormone Therapy is your only treatment option


Research shows that behavioral and lifestyle changes provide relief and improvement to many women struggling with menopausal symptoms. 


A 2019 study in Climacteric found that practicing mindfulness may be especially helpful for menopausal women struggling with irritability, anxiety, and depression. 


Another 2019 study shows that women whose diets were fruit- and veggie-heavy experienced fewer menopausal symptoms

According to Dr. Ross, “Yoga, meditation, acupuncture, and herbal remedies such as passion-flower extract, black cohosh, and red clover are all healthy hormone alternatives for mild symptoms.” “And so is ditching harmful habits, like smoking, inactivity, and excessive alcohol and caffeine consumption.”



Source: National Institute on Aging (NIA), Healthcentral.com 


In Good Health,


Deon

DISCLAIMER: This information is not intended to provide medical advice. The purpose is to provide education and a broader understanding to my readers. Always seek the advice of your qualified healthcare provider before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. I do not recommend or prescribe, or recommend changing dosage or discontinuing, any prescription medications or pharmaceutical drugs.


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