Important Information For Fitness Evaluations!
As of late, I have learned some fantastic new information which has been added to my Fitness Evaluation Presentation! Recently, I had the opportunity to mentor with one of the most well respected Doctors in the nation, Dr. Jeffry Life, former Chief Medical Officer of Cenegenics Medical Institute . Cenegenics and Dr. Life (who is also a former Body For Life contest winner in 1998) have been featured on “CNN, 20/20, and 60 Minutes.”
I will present to you very important information regarding Blood Testing, Testosterone and Estrogen, Blood Sugar, Glycemic Index, and Glycemic Load. Please consider retesting to learn this valuable information for your health. It is not just about “losing weight or looking good.” Your health is such a priceless asset…When is the last time you had your blood tested?
Is it time for your Fitness Evaluation? Are you wondering if you’ve making progress towards your fitness goals? Regular Fitness Evaluations are a vital part of reaching your goals. Are you are on the path to achieving your goals? What is working and what needs to be changed? If you haven’t had an evaluation for a while, or if it’s your time for your next test, contact Paul Rosenberg ASAP.
Enclosed below is a document that you can use to see the “Glycemic Index and Glycemic load” of an extensive list of foods. I hope you find this document useful. Please also take time to read a very informative article from Dr. Life.
Female Hormone Optimization
By Jeffry S. Life, M.D. Ph.D.
For Women Only: The Menopause and Life Beyond Program
What is Menopause?
Menopause refers to that time in every woman’s life when menstruation ceases completely. The ovaries’ decrease their output of estrogen and progesterone and women begin experiencing the effects of suboptimal levels of these hormones. In addition to signifying the end of a woman’s ability to have children, declines in these female hormones affect the entire endocrine system. This is a process that takes approximately 3 to 5 years to complete. The early phase or transitional phase is referred to as the climacteric, or peri-menopause. Menopause is considered complete when a woman has had no periods for a full year. Although timing varies from woman to woman, menopause is generally completed by the early 50’s.
In addition to diminished levels of estrogen and progesterone, testosterone (also produced in the ovaries) and growth hormone levels are also reduced during menopause. As the levels of all of these key hormones diminish, profound degenerative changes begin occurring with growth and metabolism that affect the breasts, vagina, bones, blood vessels, gastrointestinal tract, urinary tract, cardiovascular system, skin, and energy levels.
The Menopause and Beyond Evaluation
The Cenegenics Menopause and Beyond Program begins, like all of our programs, with an evaluation which includes the determination of blood levels of all the following key hormones:
- DHEA Sulfate
- FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone)
- IGF-1 (a measure of growth hormone)
- T-3, Free
- T-4, Free
- Testosterone, Total
- Testosterone, Free
- Testosterone, % Free
Traditional doctors tend to treat menopause rather than the person experiencing menopausal symptoms. Often, they don’t even bother determining hormone levels. They simply prescribe fixed dosages of artificial (non human) hormones like Premarin (made from horse urine). The fact is that every woman is different, and each woman will experience this time of her life in a different way. Therefore it is crucially important to take measurements before beginning any hormone program and then to follow blood levels periodically to make certain hormone levels are in the ideal range. This allows us to design a program specifically to fit you, rather than to treat some generalized concept of “menopause” which may not apply to you at all.
What effects can I expect from the Menopause and Beyond Program?
The reality is that the reduction of a woman’s hormonal output results in changes that can seriously affect her physical and mental states of health as well as her prospects for longevity. Here are some of the most common symptoms of menopause, and the kinds of changes that can be expected with the Menopause and Life Beyond Program.
The most common menopausal symptom is hot flashes-sudden sensations of intense heat. Many women break out with red blotches on the chest, back, and/or arms; sweat profusely; and also experience cold and shivering until their bodies readjust. Some women never experience hot flashes while others actually endure them for up to 30 minutes at a time. Hot flashes are generally considered to be a direct result of decreasing estrogen levels and can linger for years. Hormone modulation can prevent or at the very least, relieve much of the discomfort of hot flashes.
Vaginal/Urinary Tract Changes
As hormone levels decrease, the walls of the vagina become thinner, dryer, less elastic and more susceptible to infection. This condition can also make intercourse uncomfortable. Tissues in the urinary tract can also change with the decrease of hormonal levels. Some women experience incontinence. Some women become more susceptible to urinary tract infections. Restoring hormones to optimal levels can make the vaginal mucosa thicker, more moist, more elastic, and healthier.
Loss of Libido
Rarely discussed, the loss of sex drive is another by-product of the menopausal experience. Women generally have 1/10th to 1/20th of the testosterone levels that men have. The waning of a woman’s pre-menopausal level of testosterone can be a contributing factor to her loss of desire for sexual intercourse. Hormone modulation, including testosterone, can increase a woman’s sexual desire and enjoyment and help maintain normal body composition and energy.
For some women, menopause heralds a period of enormous freedom. For others, it is a roller coaster ride with emotional peaks and valleys; and for many, depression becomes an all-too-frequent companion. Though certainly such factors as lifestyle, alteration of family roles, changing social networks and “emptying the nest” play a large part in this, it is also safe to say that the loss of hormones contributes enormously to the emotional changes of post-menopausal women. Hormone modulation can stabilize hormone levels and prevent emotional peaks and valleys.
Osteoporosis is definitely not just a woman’s disease. (More men get it than prostate disease, according to Miriam Nelson, Ph.D., author of Strong Women, Strong Bones.) However, it is more common in women, and it is now estimated that one out of every two post-menopausal women will suffer some degree of osteoporosis. Those with a family history of osteoporosis and those who are thin and fair skinned seemed to be at the greatest risk, but osteoporosis is really a serious manifestation of estrogen deficiency. It is a gradual, yet debilitating, condition in which bones lose their density and become fragile, thin, and at great risk of fracture. Increasing bone density prior to menopause is the best strategy for the prevention of osteoporosis, but once menopause has occurred, the most effective therapy is hormone modulation. The National Institute on Aging states, “Remarkably, estrogen saves more bone tissue than even very large daily doses of calcium.” Hormone modulation and optimal nutrition with phytonutrients, supplementary calcium, and Vitamin D have been proven to be very successful therapies for preventing osteoporosis.
Heart disease is the number one killer of American women. It is responsible for over half of the deaths of women over age 50. After menopause, the incidence of cardiovascular disease increases. Smoking and a family history of heart disease increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, but low estrogen levels make the risk even higher. As a direct result of estrogen deficiency, LDL (“bad cholesterol”) increases and HDL (“good cholesterol”) decreases. Fat is then deposited on the inside walls of arteries eventually clogging them. Early recognition, lifestyle changes, and hormone modulation have been shown to be very effective in reducing the incidence and severity of cardiovascular disease in post-menopausal women. The Cenegenics® Menopause and Beyond Program Can Help!
How safe is hormone replacement therapy?
There has been recent controversy about the use of estrogen and progestin in healthy postmenopausal women. This controversy is a result of an article published in the July 17, 2002 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association that reported on the results of the Woman’s Health Initiative Trial. The results of this trial linked the use of Premarin and progestin to the development of health risks that, in the opinion of the authors, exceeded benefits.
Many authorities believe this study was poorly designed and has many flaws. One of the major concerns is that Premarin and Provera, the drugs used in the study, are not bio-identical forms of human estrogen and progestin. Premarin, in fact, is obtained from horse urine and contains nearly three-dozen horse estrogen compounds, only three of which are found in humans. Another concern is that during the course of the study, all subjects received the same dose of hormones with no consideration given to adjusting dosing based on blood levels. It is reasonable to conclude that many of the subjects had hormone levels that greatly exceeded normal physiologic ranges-ranges we would consider to be unsafe. Finally, we could also argue that there was a sex bias in the study. A similar study of men and testosterone replacement therapy based on the administration of non-bioidentical hormones (obtained from ground-up horse testicles for example) would be quickly dismissed and viewed with great suspicion by the medical community, but the same circumstance was allowed for thousands of women in the WHI study and recommendations are now being made based on this study.
We believe bio-identical estrogen and progestin replacement therapy that is performed in a controlled clinical setting where therapeutic levels are closely monitored and dosing is adjusted accordingly will dramatically improve a woman’s quality of life. While there are still contraindications for some women (e.g., those with history of breast disease and uterine cancer), many physicians now feel that the benefits far outweigh the risks. Estrogen and progestin replacement therapy:
- Reduces the risk of osteoporosis,
- Relieves hot flashes,
- Reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, and
- Improves mood and psychological well being.
The Life Center for Healthy Aging treats every patient as an individual. Whatever your personal menopausal “profile” you can be sure that your hormone modulation program will not be a “one-size-fits-all” approach; you will receive just the hormones you need and in the correct amounts