Confused about the risks and benefits of estrogen? Join the club.
Many women are suffering from menopausal symptoms and are worried about the safety of estrogen yet do not realize that timing is key. My new book called The Estrogen Window will give you new insight into the estrogen story and the facts you need to make important decisions. This book details the window of opportunity to safely take estrogen in order to prevent or lower your risk of breast cancer, heart disease, and dementia. In addition, a study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM) added type 2 diabetes to the list.
We already know that starting estrogen shortly after menopause begins to lower the risk of plaque forming in women’s arteries, which lowers the risk of heart disease. This JCEM study showed that women, who began estradiol within 6 years of menopause had a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than women, who began estradiol treatment 10 years or more after the onset of menopause. The reason for this is because in early postmenopause the hormone estradiol helps insulin act more efficiently within one week of taking it. Unfortunately by 10 years post menopause, insulin’s efficiency is diminished and it actually worsens insulin’s ability to transport blood sugar into cells to be used for energy.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) right now there are 29 million people in the United States who have diabetes and 1 in 4 who are unaware that they are diabetic. As you are nearing menopause, talk with your doctor about getting a Hemoglobin A1C (HgA1c) test. If you have prediabetes or diabetes, it may be another reason to consider estrogen as you enter into menopause.
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