Hormone balance plays an important role in maintaining healthy breasts for women living in Minnesota. The hormones progesterone and estrogen both impact breast tissue. Estrogen is important for cell growth and breast development. Progesterone is a protective hormone and will help slow tissue growth. When estrogen and progesterone are in balance, breast tissue is likely to be healthy. When the two hormones are out of balance, symptoms often appear in Minneapolis women. Symptoms include: breast pain, cysts or lumps, fibrocystic changes, breast tenderness, change in breast size, or nipple discharge.
Low levels of progesterone can sometimes cause breast tenderness in women. Estrogen Dominance is a common occurrence and manifests when there is too much estrogen in the body in comparison to progesterone. Peri-menopausal is the term for the years leading up to menopause, which can begin as early as age 40. Progesterone levels drop quite sharply during peri-menopause while estrogen levels can often stay high. Estrogen Dominance is more likely to occur in peri-menopausal and post menopausal women. High levels of estrogen, especially Estrone and Estradiol can be detrimental to breast tissue. Long term Estrogen Dominance is a significant risk factor for breast cancer.
Vitamin D, a powerful antioxidant hormone, and the mineral Iodine play key roles in maintaining healthy breast tissue. If these nutrient and hormones are out of balance you may have an increased risk for breast health issues. While exams are a vital part of overall breast care, keeping your breasts healthy involves keeping hormones balanced and tissues healthy. As we age, our production of sex hormones changes naturally. However, with proper monitoring and treatment by One Stop Wellness Clinic, these changes do not have to have a negative effect on your body.
It is important to do breast exams and mammograms to check for abnormal cells. It is equally important to test your hormone levels to identify possible risk factors for breast cancer. As many as 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime so being proactive with breast health is a wise choice. Hormone testing and follow up with our practitioners at One Stop Wellness Center is crucial for determining you optimal treatment program.