Updated: Dec 31, 2019
Approximately 25% of women can start to experience hot flashes well before the onset of menopause. Moreover, some women can continue to experience hot flashes for 15 years or more after their last menstrual period.
Previously it was suspected that hot flashes were common amongst all women undergoing menopause. However, recent research is starting to indicate that perhaps disproportionately occurring hot flashes may be indicative of cardiovascular disease. Therefore, if you find yourself battling hot flashes often it may be time to undergo a cardiovascular screening.
Some women do find help with supplementing with bio-identical hormones (BHRT), however, it does not come without it’s own set of risks- especially breast and ovarian cancers.
Thankfully hot flashes can be addressed using a Naturopathic approach, which addresses estrogen imbalances through diet and supplementation. And if you needed more evidence that diet can be impactful, consider this- Japanese women are less likely to experience hot flashes than their North American female counterparts. Granted there may be a genetic difference or perhaps a cultural reporting bias, but Japanese women also report lower incidence of osteoporosis, heart disease and breast cancer. Keep in mind the major difference between these cultures is the standard American diet.
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