Estrogen is the Primary female sex hormone. It is responsible for the development and regulation of the female reproductive system and secondary sex characteristics.
Estrogen plays a critically important physiological role in the maintenance of pregnancy and in fetal viability.
Estrogen acts as a regulator of muscle energy metabolism and muscle cell viability. Menopause leads to the cessation of ovarian estrogen production concurrent to the deterioration of muscle function.
Menopause, is the time in most women’s lives when menstrual periods stops permanently.
Menopause and Lack of Estrogen – Effects on the body
- Lack of estrogen may play a role in the development of anxiety & memory problems according to a new study.
- Areas of the brain that are involved in mood, behavior and cognition have a high concentration of proteins that bind to estrogen.
- Menopause is associated with severity of disc degeneration in the lumbar spine.
- Available evidence strongly supports the involvement of estrogen deficiency in disc degeneration, as well as the benefits of hormone therapy (HT) on the total lumbar disc height in post menopausal women.
- Estrogen deprivation leads to the death of dopamine cells in the brain, a finding by Yale research. “Without estrogen, more than 30% of all the dopamine neurons disappeared in a major area of the brain that produces the neurotransmitter , dopamine.” Redmond said,”The results of the study shed light on why men, who have less estrogen in their bodies & more androgen to antagonize it,are more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease than pre-menopausal women, and why post menopausal women are more likely then to develop the disease.
- Urinary tract infections are among the most common diseases affecting over half of all women at some point in life & repeatedly in 25% of these. Menopausal women have an increased risk of recurrent urinary tarct infections, which has been associated with low estrogen levels.
- Estrogen stimulates the production of the body’s own antibiotic & strengthens the cells in the urinary tract. According to the study published in the journal Science Translation Medicine, show that estrogen supplements may help menopausal women to ward off recurrent UTI.
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