Menopause is a time that many women begin to feel tired, moody and depressed. In addition, some women find they experience health problems such as weight gain, anxiety and increased cholesterol levels. In the past, women were treated with synthetic hormones to control these unpleasant and troubling symptoms. However, these drugs were found to dramatically increase the risk of health conditions such as heart attack and stroke. Since this information came to light, doctors have developed hormones that are closer to the natural hormones women produce. This type of therapy is called bioidentical hormone therapy and it has been found to help reduce the effects of menopause.
Benefits Of Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
Unlike synthetic hormones, the benefits of bioidentical hormone therapy far outweigh the risks. Some of the primary benefits women receive by taking these hormones include:
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Increased Sex Drive
Higher Quality Sleep
Fewer Hot Flashes
Higher Bone Density
Lower Cholesterol Levels
How Bioidentical Hormones Can Reduce Cholesterol Levels
Women who experience a rise in cholesterol levels during menopause, are often found to be deficient in the hormone estrogen. When women enter menopause, estrogen levels start to drop and that continues throughout menopause. Once bioidentical hormone therapy is introduced, many women find their cholesterol levels begin to fall once their estrogen levels are within normal limits. In addition to better cholesterol readings most women find they have fewer hot flashes, mood swings and weight gain. Not only are these things good for cholesterol levels, but they also reduce the risk of heart attack, diabetes and stroke.
In addition to hormone replacement therapy, there are other things women can do to keep cholesterol levels low. Eating a well-balanced diet that includes whole grains, lean protein, high quality fat, vegetables and healthy carbohydrates will also help cholesterol levels. Participating in exercise most days of the week and reducing stress levels will also help. Women who use a multi-faceted approach to overall health and wellness typically have the best results with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.