Estrogen has multiple positive effects on every organ system in the body from head to toe, allowing women to maintain their cognitive skills, ability to sleep, controlling hot flashes/night sweats, muscular strength, bladder function, libido, emotional evenness, migraine prophylaxis, GI tract motility and function as well as helping control hair loss from our head, excess hair to upper lip/chin and even our metabolism to help us maintain our weight. However, a small percentage of women have a higher amount of an estrogen metabolite or byproduct in their urine that shows they are at higher risk for estrogen-related cancers. There is now a test available through our office that will help measure this risk; that along with your blood levels of Estradiol, Progesterone and Testosterone help us balance your female/male balance and keep all of your organ systems at their best.
There are also dietary modifications that patients can easily incorporate into their daily routine that exert favorable effects on estrogen metabolism and reduce cancer risk. Cruciferous vegetables and indole-3-carbinol or diindolymethane (DIM) as well as omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and lignans in foods such as flaxseed exert favorable effects on estrogen metabolism.