Yes, that is true, provided the adrenals and pituatary are in good working order. I also heard that some diseases and medical conditions put stress on the adrenals and then they may not function like they should.
My allergist said that my adrenals are under stress because of constant stress from all kinds of allergies. Also any kind of ongoing stress could affect the adrenals.
I guess treating the body to eliminate stress of all kinds would boost the adrenals and pituatary to work the most for us.
Yep....fat does produce estrogen...that is why I still hurt from the endo a year after my Hyst...I am significantly overweight and my body fat is producing enough estrogen to keep me hurting...it is much better--but there is still significant pain...its a bummer!
It's not all fat on the body. It's the omentum, which is the girdle of fat over the abdomen. In menopause even thin women end up with a bit of a tummy because it's the body's way of keeping a little bit coming.
The adrenal glands make precursor hormones. So, if you are under stress, or your adrenal gland isn't functioning well, then they convert into stress hormones and you don't have the ovarian hormones. If you are calm, then, the low level of hormones go into the form that's most needed.
I think that's one reason why a bout of the flu or more emotional stress can bring on hot flashes.
And yes, BMI is an important concern, but it's not true that all "fluffy" women have an easy time without hormones either. For one thing, the levels are much lower.
Thanks a lot that is useful and interesting. I have always had more fat round my abdomen than anywhere - I have small hips and no waist ; my waist measurement is much bigger than my hips, so maybe I am making lots of estrogen myself.
I know that "apple" shaped women, rather than "pear" shaped are more are risk of heart disease. .