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Old 07-21-2006, 10:15 PM   #1
Jerimiah Childress
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My mom has had ovarian cancer and as a result has had a complete hysterectomy. We were discussing hormones and weight loss and the accepted Idea that "everything kinda slows down" at menopause. She asked what hormones she could be missing and if there is any way to supplement that could boost her metabolism. She is 47-48 I forget which and has been cancer free for over 2 years now. After her surgery she has radically changed her diet, and now is vert healthy with her diet by American Diet standards, ie lots of fruits and veggies, lean meats, etc. but she does still eat grains although almost exclusively whole grains if that makes a difference. Fairly low activity level, but doesn't yet see crossfit or anything like it as a viable exercise program for her, but she does still smoke.(Hmmm there could be a connection, but try and tell your mom that, she wont listen to you any better than mine listens to me) Anyway back to my main question, what hormones are we looking at here and is there any thing outside of prescription she can do?
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Old 07-22-2006, 03:39 AM   #2
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Moving to Injuries (where the medical stuff lives).
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Old 07-22-2006, 10:34 AM   #3
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That sounds like my mom except for the good diet. I'm interested in what you find out. Hope your mom stays healthy!
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Old 07-22-2006, 05:31 PM   #4
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Other than the smoking and higher than desirable bodyfat % she is pretty well, though far from fit.
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Old 07-25-2006, 02:13 PM   #5
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She'll need the right balance of estrogen and progesterone.

Is progesterone available OTC in the US? There are phytoestrogens that are worth looking into.

Before taking either, she'll need blood tests to see where she stands.

Is she experiencing hot flashes?
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Old 07-25-2006, 02:34 PM   #6
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Not that she mentions, but I always remember her being hot temperatured.
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Old 07-25-2006, 03:01 PM   #7
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Is she experiencing any of the following (symptomatic of estrogen deficiency):

Drooping breasts
Face too hairy
Depressed
Constantly tired
Loss of libido

Signs of progesterone deficiency:
Breasts too large
Nervous/agitated
Anxiety
Sleep lightly/restlessly
Breasts swollen
Lower belly swollen
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