The science of menopause: Beyond myths

On this episode of Wellness Curated, Anshu Bahanda strips away myths and brings scientific insights to the forefront of this significant life stage. This episode is dedicated to understanding the hormonal and physiological changes that mark the transition into menopause. It provides a factual, science-based exploration into a topic that affects half the population at some point in their lives.

Featuring expert insights from Dr Isabelle Bond, a renowned endocrinologist, UK-based osteopath Katrine Cakuls, nutritional therapist Shakiba Rangoonwala,  and general practitioner Dr Sepp Fegerl, this episode offers an in-depth understanding of the biological processes that define perimenopause and menopause. From the gradual reduction of oestrogen and progesterone by the ovaries to the consequential rise in FSH levels, we navigate the science behind why these changes occur and their impact on the body and mind.

Listeners will gain a comprehensive understanding of how decreased oestrogen levels influence various bodily functions, including mood regulation, cognitive performance, and physical health. Dr Bond sheds light on the effects of hormonal fluctuations on emotional well-being, highlighting the interconnectedness of oestrogen with neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, and GABA, and their collective role in maintaining mental health.

The episode also explores the causes behind menopause-related weight gain, sleep disturbances, and changes in sexual desire. Anshu presents evidence-based strategies for managing these symptoms, emphasising lifestyle adjustments, stress management techniques, and the potential role of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). By focusing on the science of menopause, she aims to empower listeners with knowledge, dispelling fears and encouraging a proactive approach to health during this natural life phase.

Link to the Menopause article: https://wellnesscurated.life/newsletter-august-2023/ 

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