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Menopause Awareness Month

Menopause Awareness Month

September is Menopause Awareness Month and our goal at MenoChat is to educate as many women as possible about menopause.   Our hope is for women to stop suffering needlessly due to inaccurate information regarding menopausal symptoms and hormone therapy. How many women have gone to their medical providers and asked to get their hormones checked and leave without any information. Many women in their late 20’s and 30’s may complain to their medical provider about feeling hot flashes to be told it is all in their head because they are too young for menopausal symptoms. You are not alone if you have experienced any one of these problems.   What exactly is menopause? Menopause occurs around the age of 51 when a women has complete cessation of her menses for one year. Anyone over the age of 40 can go through menopause. Prior to menopause is perimenopause when women can suffer from symptoms 10-15 years prior to menopause. This means if a women were to go through a natural menopause at the age of 40, she could start feeling the symptoms by age 25.   First, it is important to know, menopause does not require medical treatment. Once a woman reaches menopause her hormone levels decrease drastically leading to at least 34 different symptoms. The hormone estrogen has over 400 different functions in the body and once decreases may cause several symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, foggy brain, vaginal dryness, and so much more! Eighty percent of menopausal women will suffer from hot flashes and 40% will have night sweats. Not all women will suffer from...
Heart Reasons to get your Omega Vitamin Level Checked

Heart Reasons to get your Omega Vitamin Level Checked

Are you afraid of breast cancer? If so, you are not alone. As a practitioner of hormone therapy, I get asked this question often. The problem is heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. One in every 4 females will die due to heart disease. Of most concern is almost two-thirds (64%) of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms. The unfortunate part of this is that only 54% of women recognize that heart disease is their number 1 killer. Even if you have no symptoms, you may still be at risk for heart disease. In the 1970’s a pair of Danish researchers went on an expedition to the northwest coast of Greenland to study the Inuit population. The researchers drew blood from 130 natives and found the Inuits had lower levels of lipids such as cholesterol and triglycerides, yet a higher proportion of omega-3 fatty acids, which are common in cold-water fish. They concluded that eating plenty of fish protected this group from heart disease. Since that time many research articles have turned up evidence that omega-3s may help lower triglycerides, prevent irregular heart rhythms, and reduce inflammation. Long-term studies such as the Nurses’ Health Study in 2001 & 2002, found among women, higher consumption of fish and omega-3 fatty acids was associated with a lower risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), particularly CHD deaths, and stroke. The U.S. Physicians Health Study found fish consumption greater than once per month was associated with a reduced risk of sudden cardiac death by 52% compared to those who...
Tired of Thin, Sagging Skin?  Learn How Hormones Can Change Your Skin

Tired of Thin, Sagging Skin? Learn How Hormones Can Change Your Skin

Have you noticed the older you get your skin has started to sag in your face? Now you notice more wrinkles and are not too happy about this? Or have you noticed a lack of glow to your skin? If so, bio-identical hormones may help. Remember, menopause means no menses for one year. After menopause your ovaries are no longer providing estrogen to your body like it was when you were having a period. Estrogen receptors are located on your skin. Therefore, a low estrogen level decreases the elastin and collagen production in your skin. Estrogen can help increase the blood supply to your skin and improve the elastic fibers. Low estrogen levels decrease the collagen production in your skin. Collagen is needed for a plumper and fuller appearance. Collage is responsible for the skin strength and elasticity. Collagen can even play a role in weight management! Sorry folks! But with menopause, there is a decrease of estrogen, causing a decrease of collagen, increasing your risk for wrinkles. Another function of estrogen is to increase the water content of your skin by increasing the production of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a large sugar molecule that is rich in collagen. Hyaluronic acid decreases when estrogen decreases. Hyaluronic acid makes your skin look soft and contributes to your skin’s thickness. Other hormones that contribute to wrinkles are low levels of testosterone, which also decreases after menopause. Low testosterone can cause sagging skin, whereas high testosterone can cause acne. Hormonal balancing is important to stay looking younger. If you are interested in testing your hormone levels then contact us at menopausechats.com....

Public Toilet Seat Cleanliness – Should I Sit or Squat?

Do you Sit on the Toilet or Squat? Get educated about your health in relation to the porcelain throne in this Video Blog!   Dr Christy Blanco is a doctorally prepared women’s health nurse practitioner and a health practitioner diplomate by the American Board of Anti-Aging Health Practitioners.  She practices in Santa Teresa and Las Cruces, New Mexico, but can also be reached using Telehealth.  If you are interested in a telehealth session then we look forward to hearing from you.  You may contact Dr Blanco at...
7 Ways Natural Ways to Help your Thyroid Naturally

7 Ways Natural Ways to Help your Thyroid Naturally

Are you thinking you may have a thyroid problem? Having trouble losing weight, feeling tired?  Well there are some lifestyle choices you can make to help your thyroid. The thyroid gland controls metabolism, therefore a healthy thyroid is important to feel one’s best.  About 80% of the thyroid hormone produced in the body is thyroxine (T4) and 20% is triiodothyronine (T3).  T3 is an active hormone and about four times more powerful than T4.  T4 is a prohormone and through a process converts to T3. There are many factors, which decrease the conversion of T4 to T3, decreasing the active hormone and its effects.  The decreased effects can cause the same symptoms of a thyroid problem. Inflammation.  Inflammation is the cause of thyroiditis.  Look to the gut when it comes to decreasing inflammation.  A good probiotic can help maintain beneficial bacteria.  Increase healthy fats, such as coconut oil, grass-fed animal sources, and extra virgin olive oil.  Look into hidden food allergies or intolerance to certain foods.  Some of the biggest food intolerances are dairy, eggs, soy, nuts, and some meat.  Eliminate refined sugars from your diet and include natural sugars, such as fresh fruit, raw honey or maple syrup.   Infections.  Yeast infections or a Candida overgrowth have been shown to produce many of the same symptoms of thyroid disease.  The good news is you can naturally work on treating your Candida problem by a low carbohydrate diet and adding acidophilus to inhibit the growth of yeast.   Smoking.   Smoking influences thyroid functions through several different mechanisms.  Quitting smoking can help one’s thyroid significantly.   Mental and physical stress. ...
Behind MenoChat [Part 2]

Behind MenoChat [Part 2]

My Journey to Bio-­identical Hormones [continued…] I went to Google to find education about what exactly are bio-­‐identical hormones and realized I was not obtaining the adequate explanation to learn. I set out to get educated and I looked for a conference where I could learn about bio-­‐identical hormones. I found one and went with bad thoughts in mind.   I wanted to be certain I would hear about evidence based practice and if I am not hearing about research, I will speak up.  I will call the speakers out on their lack of evidence.  Instead, I was blown away by what I was learning.  Bio-­‐identical hormones are not bad, in fact I had been prescribing bio-­‐identical hormones and did not know it. I did not even have a basic understanding and here I was bashing bio-­‐identical hormones like the rest of the community. My purpose in life is to empower women through education in a manner where women are able to understand.  I met Suzanne Somers a few years ago. I do not know all of her teachings and who knows, I may not even agree with 100% of what she may say.  But what I do know is she took a lot of negative press from the medical community.  I credit her for being a voice for women and not letting anyone keep her mouth shut.  If it were not for Suzanne Somers, I would not be here today.  I thanked her for being strong enough to get out there and put her reputation on the line.  It is because of her that I changed how I...