Hormonal problems are pervasive in medical practice. Hot flashes, menstrual pain, fertility issues, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and many other conditions are driven to a great extent by hormonal issues—hormone levels that are too high, too low, or shifting too much.
Surprisingly, studies show that hormones can be altered by simple diet changes, often leading to life-changing benefits. This session will help clinicians put these findings to work and provide the evidence base clinicians need.
A case in point: As many as 80% of postmenopausal women in North America have hot flashes. A growing understanding of how foods alter hormone function has led to clinical trials putting simple diet interventions to the test, yielding remarkable relief for many women. Menopause is also a time when other health concerns arise, include the risk of heart disease, breast cancer, diabetes, and persistent weight challenges. Food choices influence each of these.
Nutrition research is giving clinicians new insights into the role of diet in other hormone-related conditions, notably dysmenorrhea and breast cancer, both of which are influenced by estrogens in many cases. Thyroid hormone and insulin function are also affected by diet choices.
This session will empower clinicians and their patients with new tools for altering hormones naturally and improving health.
- Summarize research findings on how diet changes influence vasomotor symptoms of menopause.
- Describe the role of the gut microbiome in isoflavone metabolism.
- List simple methods for helping patients improve their diets.