The typical narrative around hot flushes is that they last for 3-5 years around the last menstrual period, that every woman follows the same pattern, and that they are all about the decline in oestrogen hence replacing oestrogen - whether synthetic, bio-identical or plant based - is key to reducing their frequency. So let’s bust these myths.
Rushing Woman Syndrome is a phrase coined by Dr Libby Weaver and it speaks to the phenomenon that is modern woman: a woman in a mad rush to do everything, and be all things to all people. The woman who is wired but tired, who has the perception that there is not enough time in the day, combined with a never-ending to do list.
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that occur together, including
increased blood pressure
high blood sugar
excess body fat around the waist, and
abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels.
Having just one of these conditions doesn't mean you have metabolic syndrome but as you develop more of these conditions, your risk of complications such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease, rises higher and higher.
Research shows that the more carbohydrates you eat, the more likely you are to have metabolic syndrome:
for every 5% intake of energy from carbohydrates, the increase in the risk of metabolic syndrome goes up by 2.6%.
White matter hyperintesities are areas of the brain where damage has occurred to the neurons. These areas are associated with peri/menopausal hot flushes because the brain is starved of energy and is cannibalising itself for energy.
White matter hyperintesities are also associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s but recent research shows that exercise can help to reduce the risks of decreasing brain function:
Hot flushes and night sweats are the most well known symptoms in peri/menopause, but the most common ones are anxiety, depression and brain fog. So many women who are looking for help get prescribed anti-depressants, despite the fact that:
"Menopause guidelines are very clear that antidepressants should not be given first line for low mood associated with the menopause because there is no evidence that they will help."
The reason why anti-depressants don't help is because these medications target neurotransmitters like serotonin. But the loss of brain function that is associated with peri/menopause is not a neurotransmitter problem, it's an energy problem.