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What does it mean to be Estrogen Dominant?

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You may have heard me talk about being estrogen dominant but I've realized not everyone knows what it means or why it's even important to know about it.  So here's the skuttlebutt on Estrogen Dominance: The first thing to know is that being estrogen dominant doesn't necessarily mean you have too much estrogen. You could be estrogen dominant even if you have a deficient or normal level of estrogen. How could that be? It's all about the balance.  No matter what your level of estrogen you need an adequate level of progesterone to create that balance.  So you could have normal levels of estrogen but be deficient in progesterone and therefore still be considered to have estrogen dominance. ESTROGEN DOMINANCE SYMPTOMS The symptoms and conditions associated with estrogen dominance are:
  • Acceleration of the aging process
  • Allergies, including asthma, hives, rashes, sinus congestion
  • Autoimmune disorders such as lupus erythematosis and thyroiditis, and possibly Sjoegren's disease
  • Breast cancer - to me this is reason enough to balance my hormones
  • Breast tenderness
  • Cervical dysplasia
  • Cold hands and feet as a symptom of thyroid dysfunction
  • Copper excess
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Depression with anxiety or agitation
  • Dry eyes
  • Early onset of menstruation
  • Endometrial (uterine) cancer
  • Fat gain, especially around the abdomen, hips and thighs
  • Fatigue
  • Fibrocystic breasts
  • Foggy thinking
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Hair Loss
  • Headaches
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Increased blood clotting (increasing risk of strokes)
  • Infertility
  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Magnesium deficiency
  • Memory loss
  • Mood swings
  • Osteoporosis
  • Polycystic ovaries
  • Premenopausal bone loss
  • PMS
  • Prostate cancer (men only)
  • Sluggish metabolism
  • Thyroid dysfunction mimicking hypothyroidism
  • Uterine cancer
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Water retention, bloating
  • Zinc deficiency
“Reprinted by permission from The Official Web Site of Dr. John R. Lee, M.D. (www.JohnLeeMD.com <http://www.johnleemd.com/
  Follow my blog to learn more as I continue the series on estrogen dominance:
  • Why it Matters & Why I'm Mad
  • Causes of Estrogen Dominance
  • Estrogen & Cortisol (stress)
  • Estrogen & Depression Connection
  • What are Xenoestrogens
  • Estrogen & Thyroid Connection
  • Estrogen 101 - Three Main Types of Estrogen
     

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