Estrogen dominance is a hormone imbalance that affects younger and older women, alike. Young girls are entering puberty as young as age seven, young women in their twenties are experiencing perimenopause, women in their 30s and 40s are reaching menopause – all due to hormone imbalances related to unfortunate medical choices, environment

A recent study presented at the North American Menopause Society Annual Meeting in October demonstrates that estrogen and progesterone use started close to menopause can improve menopausal symptoms, mood, and heart disease. This is in stark contrast to the Women’s Health Initiative that showed estrogen use increased heart disease, stroke, breast cancer,

This is a topic that causes a great deal of confusion.  I wish I could answer this question with a simple yes or no, but like many things in medicine, the answer is much more complex than this.  Unfortunately, the medical community often wants the answer to be easy, so you get

Much as many of you hate to admit it, broccoli IS actually good for you. A study recently presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, looked at 4886 Chinese women with a history of breast cancer and their intake of cruciferous vegetables. The study found that cruciferous

The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) issued the following revised position statement, which is in favor of hormone therapy for women in menopause: http://www.menopause.org/psht12.pdf This may seem like an earth shattering statement based on new information, but I feel this is a long overdue statement.  The practice of Hormone Therapy was essentially

Weight gain and menopause seem to go together.  Many of my female patients describe rapid weight gain as they approached and entered menopause.  I hear them say,”I don’t know what happened.  I eat the same and exercise same, but I don’t dress the same because I can’t fit into my clothes any

Mood disorders are among the most common complaints I see in my anti-aging practice. The most common symptoms are anxiety and depression. However common associated symptoms are fatigue, insomnia, difficulty concentrating and memory problems. One of the challenges I always face in treating a new patient is tackling numerous symptoms in just

Osteoporosis is an insidious disease.  You cannot feel it as it gradually approaches.  One day, your doctor orders a bone density test for you, and you find out that your bones have lost density and you have osteoporosis.  I see many women and even some men in this situation and they are

A patient of mine brought to my attention, a series of articles that appear in the “Ask Amy” advice column that appears in the Chicago Tribune.  A male follower of “Ask Amy” wrote in to ask her about “Sexless Marriages”.  He referred to previous “Ask Amy” articles where she blamed a lack

There are many symptoms associated with menopause, but the symptom that epitomizes menopause is the Hot Flash.  About 85% of women will experience Hot Flashes as they approach and enter menopause. Some women will have intense, frequent Hot Flashes, while others have mild, infrequent Hot Flashes.   Often, Hot Flashes decrease in frequency

Osteoporosis is defined as a thinning and weakening of bone tissue.  The statistics regarding osteoporosis and the health problems associated with it are staggering, and it’s one of the most concerning issues facing woman as they enter menopause.  Although previously considered a disease that only affects women, osteoporosis has also been recognized

As I have discussed in other thyroid articles, diagnosing an underactive thyroid (Hypothyroidism) involves a comprehensive review of a patient’s medical history, symptoms, and tests results.  Once the diagnosis is made or suspected, treatment can be initiated.  However, a complete understanding of thyroid function is necessary to implement effective treatment. So, before

I have been writing quite a few articles on hormone therapy lately and have mentioned bio-identical hormones in many of those articles. I realized that I have never offered an explanation of what a bio-identical hormone is. Bio-identical hormones have been getting a great deal of attention in the media lately, so

There are many ways to take hormone therapy, and the form of hormone therapy prescribed may depend on several variables, such as effectiveness, safety, and patient preferences. The form of hormone therapy that gets the most attention is hormone creams. Most patients have heard about creams and are excited to use this

I have taken care of breast cancer patients as a surgeon for over 25 years. It is a devastating diagnosis because of the severity of the treatments and because it affects so many young women. As I treat women with hormonal imbalance now, I have a different understanding of the importance of

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