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Type A and Menopause


QUESTION

I'm a Type A and I have been following your dietary guidelines with wonderful results. I've recently stopped using hormone replacement therapy & I wondered if you could make recommendations for type A menopausal women. In addition to following the dietary program, what should we do to relieve symptoms such as hot flashes & to protect ourselves from bone loss & cardiovascular problems? Are supplements like Dong Quai & Evening Oil of Primrose ok for type A's. Can you make other suggestions??


ANSWER

Dong quai and primrose oil are generally fine for type As in menopause (or headed there!). If estrogen stimulation is needed (i. e if there is a history of bone loss or dementia, etc.) I advocate types A and AB talk to their physicians about using the fraction "estriol" (2-8mgs) in preference to the other more potent fractions found in the convention ERT Premarin. Though I was blasted initially in the town I practice in (Greenwich CT) for advocating this alternative, all the GYNS now prescribe it themselves! The herb "Black Cohosh," Cimicifuga racemosa, can also help with hot flashes.




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