A client recently advised me that she had stopped taking her progesterone because her Ob-gyn had advised her she did not need progesterone. The reasoning by her provider was that since she had a hysterectomy she was not at risk for uterine cancer. Her provider was trained in medical school that progesterone protects against uterine cancer so in this respect, she was correct.
However, the provider did not learn that progesterone has up to 195 different functions in the female body, only one of which is protecting against uterine cancer. Progesterone reduces the risk of breast cancer, helps protect against dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, insulin resistance and bone loss. It helps improve the quality of sleep and mood. For pre-menopausal women, it is a primary treatment for PMS, infertility, miscarriages, and post-partum depression. “Estrogen dominance, ” which means sufficient estradiol but not enough progesterone, is a leading cause of weight gain.
In this instance, the client had continued on her estradiol and other hormones recommended by our providers but had discontinued her progesterone. She gained weight. She had become “estrogen dominant” by not taking the progesterone with her estradiol.
A healthy thyroid can mean healthy cholesterol levels.
For years, we have advised clients that treating hypothyroidism (low thyroid function) can have a beneficial effect on cholesterol, particularly the “bad” cholesterol, LDL. A recent study has shown that when hypothyroidism was corrected in patients with hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol), 61.8% of the patients no longer had hyperlipidemia. This research study is consistent with our clinical experiences.
Hypothyroidism is associated with an increased risk of heart disease. This is in part due to high levels of low-density lipoproteins (LDL). Subclinical hypothyroidism (commonly treated in the Natural Bio Health clinics and generally missed by conventional medicine) can result in an increase in cholesterol levels. When thyroid hormones drop, the liver no longer functions properly and produces excess cholesterol, fatty acids and triglycerides. One author states: “hypothyroidism is the second leading cause of high cholesterol, after diet.” Gene Smith, M.S., Complementary Prescriptions Journal.
Low estradiol in menopause. Menopausal women become hyperglycemic (high cholesterol) and insulin resistant in great part because of low levels of estradiol which occur with menopause (or surgical menopause). To prevent/treat insulin resistance and high cholesterol, women need estradiol. These are two of the many reasons (400 in all) why menopausal women should be taking estradiol.
Birth control pills and statin drugs. Both birth control pills and statin drugs can cause hyperglycemia. Statins have a warning required by the FDA that statins can cause hyperglycemia.
Disclaimer: There is no single scholarly article from which this information was taken. Nevertheless, the information was gleaned from several sources and is believed to be factually correct.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]