You’re a 40 something year old women, and
well you visit your doctor for a check up. Maybe it’s because you feel awful or maybe
it’s just to be sure, nothing awful is brewing. Your doctor asks a few questions, gives you
a once over, takes your blood pressure and then orders blood work. Exactly what get’s
tested will vary, but odds are, they’ll check who is who in your blood, do a lipid
profile, take a squizz at your sugar levels i.e. they’ll do the BASICS. You dutifully
donate the vials of blood – then wait the response. Hopefully everything comes back
in the normal range, but what if it doesn’t ? Maybe your cholesterol level is a little
“high”. Or you appear to have inflammation. (The marker for this is C-reactive protein).
The numbers are PROBLEMATIC. Your heart sinks. Should you panic ? Well before you get your
knickers in a knot. What time of the month was it when you had the blood test done ? Odds
are NO ONE asked, but the answer to this question MATTERS. Researchers from the Eunice Kennedy
Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, have found, the hormone
roller coaster you ride every month, impacts other aspects of your biochemistry. Join us
for this episode of BETTER BODY CHEMISTRY as we find out, how this variability in YOUR
NUMBERS, is enough to lead to a misclassification of your health risk profile. Better Body Chemistry
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Remember small things can make a big difference to your health. Estrogen is the QUEEN BEE,
when it comes to the menstrual cycle, she flits around, usually on a monthly schedule,
but she does have to co-ordinate her presence with the big MAMMA hormone, progesterone.
Together these two powerful lady hormones, do what it takes, to BE pregnant. And this
includes and dialling up the level of insulin resistance and increasing the levels of cholesterol
UPWARD. The monthly rollercoaster ride, starts off slow. At the start of the ride, estrogen
levels are low. At this point, an egg princess awakens and estrogen chaperones the egg princess
on her journey to DESTINY. Estrogen levels rise, the chariot loops the loop, the princess
unbuckles the straps that hold her and she escapes the ovary. OVULATION, happens on day
14. Progesterone – the BIG MAMMA hormone, witnesses her escape and a flurry of activity
ensures…. WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A BABY ! Mmmmm more often than not, the ride turns out to
NOT be a jackpot ride. Estrogen returns to base, shortly after this progesterone follows.
Both estrogen and progesterone levels fall precipitously. Since there is no baby, there
is no need for all the body’s resources to be directed to building a baby. You can
see this, by looking at how cholesterol levels fluctuate across the menstrual cycle. Cholesterol
is the black line and estrogen is the pink line. When a baby is a possibility, cholesterol
levels are high, when that ship has sailed, the levels drop. Now, the drop in hormone
levels, also gives the uterus an opportunity to spring clean and this is when menses happens.
Of course, cleaning is hard work and messy, so the levels of inflammation rise, around
the time of menses. And then…………… it all begins again, estrogen picks up the
next egg, ready for the ride of her life. Your blood work will vary across the menstrual
cycle. Blame estrogen ! Depending on when the blood is drawn, cholesterol levels WILL
VARY. Granted the differences are NOT ENORMOUS, but they are big enough to influence your
doctor’s thinking. Especially since it is unlikely the timing of the blood draw, is
being factored into the decision making process. So when should you have blood tests ? Well,
there isn’t an ideal moment, every one of the biomarkers is fluctuating. What is “high”
or “low” is highly dependent on where you are in the cycle. What you need to aim
for is CONSISTENCY ! In an ideal world, you want to get your blood work done, at a specific
time of the month. Now, it can be a little tricky to work out exactly where you are in
the cycle, especially if you’re not as regular as clock work. Ask anyone trying to get pregnant.
That said, menses IS obvious. So if you’re going to have blood work done, doing it when
your get your periods, will ensure consistency. And as an added bonus, if cholesterol is the
number you’re focusing on…………. this will be the time it is at it’s lowest. The
other thing to remember about blood work, is always get a copy of the results and keep
it in a file. Knowing what is NORMAL for YOU and watching TRENDS in your numbers is really
helpful when you are working on creating BETTER BODY CHEMISTRY to optimize your health. Interested
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The advice is simple to follow and based on real science, not hype. Share this video with
your lady friends who are premenopausal – every women needs to know, her menstrual cycle impacts
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catch future episodes of BETTER BODY CHEMISTRY TV. Thank you so much for watching and I will
see you next time. Remember small things can make a big difference to your health.