Thursday, February 17, 2011

High Estrogen Levels Can Be Dangerous

The symptoms of perimenopause can be extremely uncomfortable. Hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings can bring havoc into the lives of everyone, especially the woman dealing with them. The idea of taking a pill to stop all of these problems seems heavenly.
It also sounds to good to be true, and there is some evidence to support that theory. Large amounts of estrogen in your body can do a lot of harm. Some of this information is still being studied, but preliminary and animal studies have been done, and some have had larger, human studies done.
Autoimmune Disorders: An autoimmune disorder is basically your immune system attacking a healthy part of your body as if it were a foreign object. There are several, including a disease called myasthenia gravis. Studies in mice show strong support for the theory that this disease is caused by increased estrogen levels.
Cancer: One of the main reasons herbalists are very careful with herbs or foods that contain this hormone is that it can cause reproductive tract cancers. Prescription HRT medications can also cause this side effect. If you have a relative who has suffered from any of these cancers, it is even more important that you avoid these products.
Heart Disease: The American Heart Association recommends that women avoid HRT in any form. The studies were something of a surprise in this area, but there have been enough of them performed to show a strong link between it and heart disease in women.
Now that you can see the problems that can result from these products, it's a good idea to tell you what to look for in both food and testosterone supplements so that you don't inadvertently increase the levels in your body. Some of them may be surprising to you.
All of the herbs for "female problems" contain at least some phytoestrogen. Black cohosh, blue cohosh, chaste berry, hops, motherwort, soy and wild yams are a few that you may want to ask about before taking them. Of these, soy and blue cohosh are the most dangerous.
Believe it or not, your body may be overproducing its own hormone levels. This is especially true if you are overweight. Another source is stress. That depletes progesterone output, which makes the reaction to estrogen stronger.
If you consume a lot of these products or you are concerned about the possible harm they could do to your body, talk to your doctor about it. If you are considering HRT, mention these concerns, as well. As more studies come out, there may be other options available.

1 comment:

  1. its true that hrt associate with some risk factor but natural hormone replacement has zero percent of risk its effective.