Perimenopause and Menopause West Linn OR

During perimenopause and menopause, however, the ovaries' activity decreases, and estrogen and progesterone cycles become more erratic—generating plenty of physical and emotional turbulence. Many women turn to synthetic hormones for relief.

Gregory P Garcia, MD
(503) 215-2110
3236 Sabane Lane
West Linn, OR
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Santo Tomas, Fac Of Med And Surg, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1992

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Melinda Ann Lee, MD
(503) 692-4843
6489 SW Borland Rd
Tualatin, OR
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Francisco, Sch Of Med, San Francisco Ca 94143
Graduation Year: 1979

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Anthony Arthur Ohotto, MD
(503) 652-6612
13021 SE River Rd
Portland, OR
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1994

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Peter Richard Rega
(503) 652-2880
9800 Se Sunnyside Rd
Clackamas, OR
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Shirin Ruth Sukumar, MD
(541) 994-9191
618 SW Colony Dr
Portland, OR
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Christian Med Coll, Dr M G R Med Univ, Vellore, Tn, India
Graduation Year: 1995
Hospital
Hospital: Samaritan North Lincoln Hosp, Lincoln City, Or
Group Practice: Lincoln City Medical Ctr

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Kenneth V Brummel Smith, MD
(503) 513-8500
10150 SE 32nd Ave
Portland, OR
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Southern Ca Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90033
Graduation Year: 1975

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Shari Ann Sanders
(503) 885-7361
19185 Sw 90th Ave
Tualatin, OR
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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David James Vandelindt, MD
(503) 571-3456
9800 SE Sunnyside Rd
Clackamas, OR
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 1994

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Richard M Olson
(503) 571-7503
10180 Se Sunnyside Rd
Clackamas, OR
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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M Hester Fieldhouse, MD
Portland, OR
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Or Hlth Sci Univ Sch Of Med, Portland Or 97201
Graduation Year: 1965

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Healing Foods - Balancing Act

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By Gabriele Kushi, BFA, MEA

“The most creative force in the world is the postmenopausal woman with zest,” said cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead. Indeed, many women describe the years following menopause as a renaissance—a time when identity strengthens, goals crystallize, and the spirit reawakens.

Of course, to those in the throes of that transition, the promise of wise womanhood does little to alleviate the pangs of getting there: the hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, low libido, mental fogginess, and the numerous other insults associated with the “change.” These perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms vary in intensity from person to person and can last one to five years.

The culprits behind much of menopausal malaise? Fluctuating levels of estrogen and progesterone hormones. Your ovaries produce estrogen at the highest levels one to two weeks into the menstrual cycle, while the egg-carrying follicle develops. After the egg is released, the vacant follicle becomes a corpus luteum and begins secreting progesterone. These hormones play important roles in regulating temperature, metabolism, mood, bone formation, and other physiological processes.

During perimenopause and menopause, however, the ovaries’ activity decreases, and estrogen and progesterone cycles become more erratic—generating plenty of physical and emotional turbulence. Many women turn to synthetic hormones for relief. But while hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may be called for in some circumstances, it can trigger side effects such as headaches, breast tenderness, and weight gain and, more seriously, raise the risk of certain diseases. A landmark study by the Women’s Health Initiative in 2002 examined more than 16,000 postmenopausal women. The researchers found that those who’d taken synthetic estrogen plus progestin for five years had a 26 percent higher risk of breast cancer, 41 percent higher risk of stroke, and a 29 percent higher risk of heart attack compared to women who had taken a placebo. The massive study overturned the acceptance of (HRT) as the first choice for women’s menopausal health.

Natural methods for cooling the menopausal fires, consequently, make a whole lot of sense. A good place to start is with the foods you eat. A healthy diet helps balance hormones and improve well-being. A not-so-healthy one, on the other hand, can aggravate an already off-balanced system. To make navigating all this easier, we’ve put together a list of foods—five to shun and five to embrace during or even well before menopause. After all, estrogen production in the ovaries starts to fluctuate when you’re in your mid-30s, long before your periods end. So adopting healthy, whole-foods habits early on will help prevent the hormonal roller coaster later in life and allow you to more fully embrace the gifts menopause brings.

Five Triggers

• Sugar and refined carbohydrates.

Author: Gabriele Kushi

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