Why You're at Risk for Thyroid Disease After 40

Peri-menopause - the 5-10 years leading up to menopause - is a common time to be diagnosed with a thyroid condition.

In this article, I’d like to address these questions:

• Why then?

• Why more in women?

• What can be done?

Peri-menopause may begin in your late 30s or early or mid 40s.  You may notice that your PMS is worse. You may have spotting between periods. Over time, your periods will likely get more dramatic, with missed periods and heavy periods.  

Other symptoms may be popping up too, like anxiety, brain fog and weight gain. You may be thinking, “these sound like thyroid symptoms,” and you could be right!

But before we explore the thyroid connection, let’s cover what is normally happening during peri-menopause.

What is Peri-menopause?

Peri-menopause is, in short, the opposite of puberty. In puberty your ovaries are waking up to start your reproductive years. Your brain and ovaries are learning to work together to coordinate a monthly cycle, and often the first few reproductive years are hormonally unstable.

In peri-menopause, the brain-ovary relationship is starting to shut down. The ovaries are closing up shop, but the brain keeps knocking at the door, trying to get the shopkeeper working again.   

The sex hormone that needs to rise sufficiently in the first half of the month is estrogen. It is produced by the ovaries as they also grow eggs. If you produce enough estrogen and release an egg, you’ll ovulate.  And if that egg is healthy and hearty, you’ll produce a good amount of progesterone in the second half of your cycle. (The egg sac, or corpus luteum, makes progesterone after ovulation.)

 

How Your Thyroid Could Be Impacted in Peri-menopause

 

Even though both estrogen and progesterone are declining in peri-menopause, progesterone declines more dramatically in this stage. This leads to a condition called ‘estrogen dominance.’

Too much estrogen can prevent the thyroid hormone from getting to where it needs to go and can prevent it from converting to its active form. For some women, their thyroid symptoms are simply a result of this high estrogen interfering with thyroid hormone activity.  We’ll talk about how to address estrogen dominance shortly.  

Another thing estrogen effects is the immune system. Estrogen is associated with stimulating the TH2 branch of the immune system (1).  TH2 is short for T Helper cell type 2, a lymphocyte (immune cell). TH2 is part of the adaptive immune system, which mounts a specific attack against pathogens.+  Adaptive immunity is usually a good thing, but it can also lead to autoimmunity if the antigen activity is directed towards itself.

As estrogen is the dominant sex hormone in women, this helps to explain why autoimmunity and thyroid disease is more common in women.  

As we age, we also experience decreased immunity, and a tendency towards TH2 response.  

“In the aged, however, naive cells are less likely to become effectors. In those that do, there is a documented shift towards a Th2 cytokine response.

The elderly have impaired ability to achieve immunization but much higher levels of circulating autoantibodies, (due to the lack of naive effectors) impaired response to viral infections, increased risk of bacterial infections, and increased risk of both neoplastic and autoimmune disease.” (3)

However, there is hope and action we can take to keep estrogen in check!

What To Do

1. Improve Gut Health

If you’ve studied the thyroid, you know that gut health is key to prevent an autoimmune response and to convert thyroid hormone effectively.  Did you know it’s also important to clear estrogen dominance?  One way your gut helps clear estrogen is through the estrobolome, “the aggregate of enteric bacterial genes whose products are capable of metabolizing estrogens.” (4)

You can be friendly to your gut by avoiding:

• Genetically modified foods (GMO) - These kill off friendly bacteria

• Sugars - These feed troublesome bacteria

• Unnecessary antibiotic use - This kills everything, with bacterial imbalance often resulting in its wake

You can be friendly to your gut by including:

• Small amounts of fermented foods like sauerkraut or kimchi

• A wide variety of fibers from salad greens, fresh spices, berries, etc.

• A long period from an early dinner to breakfast - lets your gut bacteria grow in peace!

2. Boost Progesterone

Progesterone helps keep estrogen in check, so boost it by giving your body ingredients to make hormones.

• Hemp Oil - I’ve been very impressed with how 1 T of hemp oil a day helps my own peri-menopausal hormones

• Borage Oil - This oil, usually in pill form, has gamma linoleic acid (GLA) to spark hormone production

• Maca- This adaptogenic root herb helps boosts hormone production and can benefit your energy levels and sex drive

 

3.  Help Out Your Immune System

If aberrant immunity could be a problem in your case, add some components that can balance your TH2 activity:

• Fish Oil- Fish oil has a balancing effect on the immune system and decreases inflammation. (5)  Quality matters with fish oil, so do research to find a good brand.

• Vitamin D- Vitamin D deficiency is found at higher levels in people with autoimmune thyroid disease.  (6) Talk to your doctor about getting your vitamin D tested and restoring it to a level around 60-80 NG/DL through sunshine and vitamin D3 supplementation.

Learn more about the thyroid at perimenopause from experts like Dana Trentini, Dr. Tom O’Bryan and Heather Dubé at the free, online Hormone Balance After 40 Summit!  

The summit happens live June 5-11, 2017, but recordings will live on after the live summit.

Register here.

You’ll hear 30+ experts on the topics like: 

• Boosting your Metabolism

• Reclaiming your Sex Drive

• Restoring Mental Clarity.  

The best part is that it’s all free and you can attend online from any computer or smartphone.  Register here for your own Hormone Balance After 40!

Contributed by Bridgit Danner, LAc, FDNP, founder of Women’s Wellness Collaborative

References:

1. http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/ben/cdtia/2004/00000003/00000001/art00010

2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adaptive_immune_system#T_lymphocytes

3. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/775536_2

4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3264051/

5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4246012/

6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4012880/

Hormone Balance After 40 Part 2 with Dr. Ronda Nelson

We're back for part 2 of the interview with Dr. Ronda Nelson about hormone balance after 40 and dealing with some of the symptoms that can come as result of your hormones changing with age.

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Hormone Balance After 40 Summit

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Here's what you'll hear: 

Min 02:15 The transition from perimenopause to menopause

Min 05:30 Hot flushes & night sweats and when they start showing up

Min 07:00 Why we need to support the ovaries

Min 10:05 Taking care of the adrenals before perimenopause

Min 13:35 Night sweats

Min 16:10 Caring for the hypothalamus

Min 19:00 Benefits of Black cohosh & Sage

Min 20:50 Insomnia & Dr. Nelson's tips to help with sleep

Min 33:10 Irritated bladder problems & dealing with them

Min 39:45 Loss of integrity in the skin & Dr. Nelson’s remedies

 

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Hormone Balance After 40 Part 1 with Dr. Ronda Nelson

Dr. Ronda Nelson is a functional nutritionist who works with thyroid, endocrine and digestive issues. She’s our guest this week and we're talking about hormones and menopause.

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Hormone Balance After 40 Summit

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Hear 32 expert lectures on improving metabolism, balancing moods, increasing sex drive and more! And if you want to OWN the material, the summit sales package is on sale now for $79 pre-summit, $97 during the summit, and rising to $129 after the summit.  The package includes notes of each talk too and over $800 in bonuses! Please click here to learn more...

Here's what you'll hear: 

Min 02:00 Introduction to Dr. Ronda Nelson & her practice

Min 06:45 Dr. Ronda healing her daughter's cancer

Min 11:40 Root causes & generational risks

Min 13:50 Lifestyle factors while entering menopause

Min 17:20 Supporting the adrenal glands

Min 18:10 Weight gain and adrenal dysfunction

Min 25:45 Estrogen (E2, E1 & E3)

Min 28:50 Forgetfulness in perimenopausal women

Min 32:50 Tribulus herb & how it works

Min 35:15 Vaginal dryness and Dr. Ronda's recommended remedies

Min 41:00 Bio-identical hormones & their effects

Min 47:40 Lab tests for hormone overdose & taking a woman out of bio-identical hormones

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Natural Birth Control with Victoria Zimmerman

Victoria Zimmerman is our guest this week and on this episode we'll talk about running an online business, the art of minimalism and natural birth control.

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Hormone Balance After 40 Summit

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Hear 32 expert lectures on improving metabolism, balancing moods, increasing sex drive and more! And if you want to OWN the material, the summit sales package is on sale now for $79 pre-summit, $97 during the summit, and rising to $129 after the summit.  The package includes notes of each talk too and over $800 in bonuses!  Please click here to learn more...

Here's what you'll hear: 

Min 01:30 Introduction to Victoria Zimmerman & birth control

Min 07:20 Transitioning to online business

Min 10:00 Enjoying travel & living a minimalist life

Min 16:15 Getting off the birth control pill & its related fears

Min 22:25 FAM Fertility Method & how to use it

Min 24:40 Charting & natural birth control

Min 32:00 Side effects of the birth control methods

Min 33:50 Victoria's recommended apps & devices

Min 37:45 Victoria's courses and services

Please click here to listen to a previous episode I did with Andrea Thorpe about the effects of long-term use of birth control.

Victoria’s Recommended Devices & Apps: 

Daysy

Kindara app

Clue app

Victoria’s Courses: 

Chart Your Cycle

Ditch the Pill

Menstrual Coaching

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Perfect Periods Program

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The Right Way to Lose Weight with Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman

Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman is an author and has been a pioneer in the field of nutrition and functional health for many years. She is the author of the new book "The New Fat Flush Plan" which is our focus today.

Click here to download an mp3 of "The Right Way to Lose Weight with Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman".

Moving Into Menopause: Hormone Balance After 40 Summit

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Hear 32 expert lectures on improving metabolism, balancing moods, increasing sex drive and more! And if you want to OWN the material, the summit sales package is on sale now for $79 pre-summit, $97 during the summit, and rising to $129 after the summit.  The package includes notes of each talk too and over $800 in bonuses!  Please click here to learn more...

You can also take our peri-menopause quiz here to help you identify your own symptoms and what could be going on for you. You’ll also get some articles on balancing hormones and once the summit starts you'll be automatically added.

Here's what you'll hear: 

Min 01:50 Introduction to Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman

Min 02:30 The Lamp Post story

Min 04:30 Hidden weight gain factors and their effects

Min 09:00 Ways to enhance estrogen metabolism

Min 10:00 How the liver helps in losing weight

Min 12:30 The connection between thyroid health and liver gall bladder

Min 13:00 Effects of a removed gall bladder & the supplement to take

Min 18:50 Cellulite & the lymph system

Min 20:05 Connection between fluoride, tea, and lymphatic system

Min 21:10 Tea, chocolate & caffeine

Min 24:20 Dr. Ann Louise's personal experience with weight

Min 28:15 Dr. Ann's book & how to get it

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Dr. Ann Louise's Resources: 

The New Fat Flush Plan 

Guess What Came to Dinner - Ground breaking parasite/weight loss connection

Super Nutrition For Women - Guide to combat PMS, alleviate yeast infections, lose weight, and strengthen your immune system.

Before The Change - Taking Charge of Your Perimenopause

Bile Builder supplement - Healthy bile and gallbladder support formula

Moving Into Menopause: Hormone Balance After 40 Summit

Take our peri-menopause quiz here to help you identify your own symptoms and what could be going on for you. You’ll also get some articles on balancing hormones and once the summit starts you'll be automatically added.

Spark Case Review

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Chronic Viral Infections with Dr. Tim Jackson

Dr. Tim Jackson works virtually with clients all over the world and is on the show today to talk about chronic viral infections and mold.

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Here's what you'll hear: 

Min 01:55 Introduction to Dr. Tim Jackson

Min 04:20 How often Dr. Jackson sees chronic viral infections in patients

Min 06:05 Immunoglobulins (IgA, IgD, IgE, IgG & IgM)

Min 09:30 Other pathogens - systemic candida, Brucella, mycoplasma bacteria

Min 11:20 How viruses become chronic

Min 14:50 Testing for viruses

Min 16:25 Causes and signs of chronic virus infection

Min 19:45 Dr. Jackson's approach to new clients & his treatment approach

Min 26:35 Percentage of patients' cases with high viral load

Min 32:30 Tests Dr. Jackson recommends for mold toxicity -

To learn more about Dr. Tim Jackson, you can find him on his website and follow him on Facebook .

               

Dr. Jackson’s Resources: 

Free eBook “Beyond Green Allopathy”

Mycometrics - a microbiology services laboratory

Spark Case Review

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Bridgit Danner, Founder of Women's Wellness Collaborative

Parasites: A Hidden Root Cause with Dr. Todd Watts

Dr. Todd Watts is a functional medicine chiropractor from Idaho and in this guest we’re talking about parasitic infections. 

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Here's what you'll hear: 

Min 01:20 Introduction to Dr. Todd Watts

Min 03:40 Dr. Watts working on his own case

Min 05:10 Why most of Dr. Todd's patients are women

Min 06:45 How often female patients have parasitic infection

Min 10:50 Testing for parasites

Min 15:25 The connection between Epstein barr and Lyme

Min 19:25 Responses to parasite treatments

Min 22:40 Stress, exposure to chemicals & electromagnetic frequency

Min 25:30 Dr. Todd Watt's healing process & the 5R's of cellular healing

Min 33:00 Parasitic infection and systemic inflammation

To learn more about Dr. Todd Watts and his practice, visit his website here and follow him on social media:

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Spark Case Review 

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Bridgit Danner, Founder of Women's Wellness Collaborative