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Dr. Karen Leggett's Blog

Part 3: Androgen Dominance: What Do You Do First?

Part 3: Androgen Dominance: What Do You Do First?

In Parts 1 and 2 of Androgen Dominance, you discovered that many of us suffer with thinning scalp hair, weight gain that is centered in our abdomens and embarrassing mustaches! You also found out why this happens – that it is an imbalance between your level of Androgen hormones (Testosterone and DHEA) with your Estrogen and Progesterone.
 
Often the Testosterone and DHEA levels are actually totally normal levels. It’s just that the levels are high compared to the levels of Estrogen and Progesterone because as the ovaries stop producing Estrogen, Progesterone and Testosterone, the Adrenal glands kick in and make Testosterone and DHEA, but do NOT make Estrogen and Progesterone.

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Part 2: Are you Androgen Dominant?

Part 2: Are you Androgen Dominant?

In Part 1 of Androgen Dominance, you discovered that many of us end up with thinning scalp hair, pesky little black mustache hairs, and a growing belly we get disgusted with. These are all the masculine features of men as THEY age! They shouldn’t be associated with OUR aging! But, unfortunately, for many, they are!

A mustache, thinning scalp hair, and increased abdominal girth are the 3 most common signs that may mean you have an Androgen dominance - an imbalance between your Androgens (DHEA and Testosterone) to your Estrogen and Progesterone levels!

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Part 1: Did you know ANDROGEN DOMINANCE can "set-in" during Midlife?

Part 1: Did you know ANDROGEN DOMINANCE can

Did you know that in many women there is an ANDROGEN DOMINANCE that "sets-in" during Midlife?

Our main Androgens are DHEA and Testosterone - those wonderful strong hormones that are great for our energy levels and immune function. In fact, DHEA and Testosterone DECREASE the risk and flairs of Auto-immune diseases and Allergies! That's one of the reasons why men have much lower rates of these Autoimmune Disease and seem to have more physical endurance, (certainly not mental endurance), than us women. It's because they have higher levels of Androgens!

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Do you Feel Your Memory is Fading?

Do you Feel Your Memory is Fading?

Maybe feeling a bit foggy and forgetful?

This is a very common complaint as we enter our Midlife years because our hormones play a big role in brain function.

In just the same ways that Estrogen helps prevent heart disease, Estrogen also supports our brain function. By improving the stretchiness of our arteries, and decreasing the stickiness of our platelets, Estrogen helps keep our blood pressure controlled and prevent plaque and cholesterol from clogging up our arteries. Remember our artieries go everywhere. So plaque doesn't just form in our arteries around our heart, it forms everywhere - including the vessels in our brain. 

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10 Things you Need to do to Prevent Osteoporosis BEFORE Menopause

10 Things you Need to do to Prevent Osteoporosis BEFORE Menopause

Getting Strong and Powerful! Osteoporosis is a silent disease. Did you know that we lose bone mass during the 3 to 5 years before and after menopause FASTER than any other time in our lives? In fact, on average we lose 20% or MORE of our bone mass during these Peri-Menopausal years ...

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Pain Ages Us & Sets Everything Back! Hormone Replacement REDUCES PAIN.

Pain Ages Us & Sets Everything Back! Hormone Replacement REDUCES PAIN.

Pain is the real game changer. It’s sets everyone back. It also ages us! Pain can result in depression and it definitely inhibits are thinking, ability to focus and our enjoyment of life in general.
There are many different kinds of pain, and causes of pain. And there have been many research studies done showing how pain is directly related to our hormonal changes and fluctuations.

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What Causes Bloating during Menopause?

What Causes Bloating during Menopause?

Bloating is pretty common starting in midlife and there are really quite a number of reasons that can be causing it.

When it comes to hormones, bloating occurs because of lower Estrogen production. Estrogen has a job to do it the stomach and pancreas - just as it has jobs to do keeping your skin more elastic, hair smooth and shiny, bones strong, brain sharp, and heart vessels cleaner!

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Bioidentical Hormone Creams - IN A NUTSHELL

Bioidentical Hormone Creams - IN A NUTSHELL

IN A NUTSHELL: Here is a quick and simple GENERAL Version of All Three of our Bioidentical Hormone Creams for all those who don't want to test their hormones yet but KNOW you really need to get started!

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Midlife is Full of Many Unexpected Challenges

Midlife is Full of Many Unexpected Challenges

We all knew our children would grow up... but we never expected many of the other challenges of midlife!

The cost of living continues to increase despite working harder; our parents are aging and need more help, our home seems increasingly more disorganized, and our free time feels like it has dwindled to almost nothing. Everything seems just a bit harder than it once seemed. And we question "How Did I Once Do it All?"

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Why Choose an Organic Bio-identical Progesterone Cream?

Why Choose an Organic Bio-identical Progesterone Cream?

Progesterone cream is a wonderful product for women in peri-menopause and menopause, or even earlier as a therapy for estrogen dominance.  When people think of female hormones, estrogen is usually the first thing that comes to mind.  

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