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Estrogen is a powerful female hormone that protects women from many health risks. In menopause, estrogen levels decline and its protective qualities decline as well. At the same time, a lifetime of bad habits may begin to catch up with us, and our genetic predispositions to disease begin to surface. All this leads to a plethora of symptoms, some temporary, some chronic and some life-threatening.

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Menopause Answer Book

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Overview

Estrogen is a powerful female hormone that protects women from many health risks. In menopause, estrogen levels decline and its protective qualities decline as well. At the same time, a lifetime of bad habits may begin to catch up with us, and our genetic predispositions to disease begin to surface. All this leads to a plethora of symptoms, some temporary, some chronic and some life-threatening.

The Menopause Answer Book allows women to carefully assess their own symptoms and then seek out the information and treatments that will be tailored to their own specific needs:
-- Find out if you're at risk for diseases associated with menopause
-- Develop your Menopause Action Plan
-- Assess the pros and cons of Hormone Replacement Therapy
-- Find out what tests to request from your doctor
-- Find out how to get the attention and treatment that you need
-- Learn about important lifestyle changes to make right now

Women dealing with menopause and perimenopause are bombarded with information but often have a hard time figuring out what applies to them and how to choose between conflicting advice. The Menopause Answer Book is the must-have companion to the top-selling menopause books, which are informational but don't help women tailor their treatment.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402234767
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Series: Answer Book
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 257,305
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Marsha Lynn Speller, M.D., is a psychiatrist living in Delaware. The Menopause Answer Book is her first book.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Part I-How Hormones Work
Chapter 1 Getting Personal
Chapter 2 In the Beginning
Chapter 3 The Normal Menstrual Cycle
Chapter 4 The Power of Estrogen
Chapter 5 The Effect of Estrogen on the Body's Organs
Chapter 6 Estrogen Withdrawal Symptoms
Chapter 7 Postpartum Blues and PMS

Part II-The Individual is the Context
Chapter 8 Your Medical History
Chapter 9 Laboratory Tests and Screening Examinations
Chapter 10 Recommended Tests and Screenings-By the Decade
Chapter 11 Early History Counts.
Part III-How's Your Health?
Chapter 12 Disease Risk Assessment
Chapter 13 Obesity
Chapter 14 Heart Disease, Hypertension, and Cholesterol
Chapter 15 Urogenital Dysfunction
Chapter 16 Osteopenia and Osteoporosis
Chapter 17 Thyroid Disease
Chapter 18 Diabetes.
Chapter 19 Osteoarthritis
Chapter 20 Cancer
Chapter 21 Alzheimer's Disease
Chapter 22 Stress and Depression
Part IV-To Be or Not To Be on HRT
Chapter 23 First Thoughts
Chapter 24 Is It Safe For Me?
Chapter 25 Recent Research Findings and Controversies
Chapter 26 What Products Are Out There?
Chapter 27 Your Initial Evaluation and Follow-Up for HRT
Chapter 28 A First Look at Alternatives to HRT

Part V-Alternatives
Chapter 29 What is Meant by "Alternatives"?
Chapter 30 Smoking
Chapter 31 Alcohol, Soda, and Caffeine
Chapter 32 Vitamin and Mineral Supplements.
Chapter 33 Food Basics: Protein, Carbs, Fats, Fiber, and Water
Chapter 34 Phytoestrogens
Chapter 35 Weight Gain and Muscle Loss
Chapter 36 Dieting and Exercise
Chapter 37 A Reference Guide to Improving Your Health
Chapter 38 The SANE Approach to Developing Your MAP

Part VI-The MAP
Chapter 39 Completing the Menopause Action Plan
Chapter 40 Part I-My Current Symptoms
Chapter 41 Part II-My Medical History
Chapter 42 Part III-My Disease Risks
Chapter 43 Part IV-My HRT Assessment
Chapter 44 Part V-My Lifestyle

Afterword
Resources
Index
About the Author
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