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Menopause and Andropause

Yes, there are answers to these challenges. Possibly the most important thing to know is that menopause brings with it increased inflammation, along with increased awareness of imbalances that may have started long before menopause. Basic attention to our health – getting exercise and good sleep, not overworking, finding joy and meaning, friendship, avoiding sugar and balancing our diet – all become even more important at this point in our lives.  Hot flashes, insomnia, depression, weight gain, vaginal dryness, and loss of libido – oh my!  Some of these issues are readily addressed and others are more challenging.

I'm a woman, I'm 52 and I feel like I'm falling apart!

Virginia Shapiro

Men, too, can experience gradual decline in testosterone and vitality – sexual and otherwise.

Guys, the big thing for you to know is that you should make testosterone until the end of your life. Unlike women, whose sex hormones diminish abruptly with menopause, men’s sex hormones taper off gradually, but should continue until old age. The main goal is to prevent converting testosterone to estrogen. This is important for your sexual health as well as preventing prostate cancer. How do you do this? Avoid refined sugars. Keep your blood sugar balanced. Get regular sleep and exercise. Eat lots of cruciferous vegetables (in the cabbage family). There is more to the story than this….but it’s a start!

Virginia Shapiro
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