What do hormones have to do with rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic inflammatory condition that affects 2-3 million Americans? A lot, says Dr. David Seignious… And women bear the brunt, going through pregnancies and menopause. Women with rheumatoid arthritis often go into remission during pregnancy, unfortunately, menopause puts them at higher risk of the inflammatory autoimmune disease. The common link? Fluctuating levels of the hormone estrogen, which dramatically increases when a woman is pregnant and decline after her periods cease. In fact, twice as many women than men suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and one big reason may be their hormones, according to top rheumatologists.
Interestingly enough, doctors find there’s definite improvement in the condition of RA during pregnancy – to the point where women who required significant therapy before their pregnancy are OK with limited or no therapy during pregnancy. –
Unfortunately, within the first couple of months after the pregnancy, probably 90% of women have a serious flare up and have to go back on their medication.
Dr. Seignious suggests balancing the whole body using bio-identical hormones and an anti-inflammatory diet, is the best way to effectively and naturally treat Rheumatoid arthritis in women.
While Rheumatoid arthritis affects women of all ages, it seems to be more prevalent in women 40-50 years old. That is yet another piece of evidence that suggests there’s a connection between hormones and RA. The hormonal milieu of a woman going through menopause is when rheumatoid arthritis happens. Some data suggests that women who go into early menopause have a higher risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis than women with later menopause onset.
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