Are Menopause and Hypothyroidism Connected?
In the United States, over 20% of the women going through the menopause are suffering from hypothyroidism, a lethargic thyroid. It is important for women to appreciate the consequences of the menopause on their thyroid. With the increasing in age, more and more women are being affected by hypothyroidism.
Menopause and hypothyroidism have common symptoms
Yes they both share common symptoms, such as depression, reduced energy levels and failing memory, among others. Many times these symptoms are assumed to be because of the menopause, which often leads to a delay in diagnosis and treatment of hypothyroidism.
Generally the hormones in a women’s body are delicately balanced and a hormonal imbalance can occur during pregnancy, perimenopause and menopause.
During the time leading up to menopause, the regular menstrual cycles can begin to become irregular. This can be because of the highs and lows in estrogens and progesterone.
Hypothyroidism, which is seven times more likely to occur in women than in men, also occurs because of a hormonal imbalance. Some doctors believe that estrogens dominance (ie an excess of estrogen coupled with low progesterone) characteristically occurs in early Perimenopause.
They believe that controlling estrogen dominance prevents difficulties in Perimenopause, including hypothyroidism. In actual fact, estrogen is required to be counterbalanced with progesterone to avoid hypothyroidism.
A healthy diet
There are many different treatments for hypothyroidism, synthetic and natural, a lot of women do not believe in using synthetic hormones for treating their condition.
But there is good news… FINALLY!
The Natural Thyroid Diet. The 4-Week Plan To Living Well, Living Vibrantly is the ultimate guide to treating hypothyroidism naturally. (Just click the link to read about it)
Many today relieve their symptoms with nutrition, exercise, stress-relieving methods and recognised natural treatments.
Good nutrition is the basis of a proper hormonal balance and should should consists of:
– Multivitamins and/or minerals
– Essential fatty acids
– Calcium and/or magnesium
These essential nutrients, can supplement a healthy eating plan, support the body’s endocrine, immune and other vital systems.