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Suzanne Somers: Aging Should Be 'Aspirational'

By    |   Monday, 13 October 2014 12:50 PM

During "the greatest environmental assault in humanity," actress and healthy-living advocate Suzanne Somers says she has found a new way to age.

Aging is "decrepit, it's frail, it's usually plagued with Alzheimer's or heart disease or cancer or all three and then that inevitable last stop at the nursing home and I thought, no wonder no one wants to get old," she said Monday on Newsmax TV's "America’s Forum." "What if we could make aging aspirational?"

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Technology has figured out how to extend life, but few considered the quality of life in their later years, she noted.

"How do you keep your juice? Keep your edge? Keep your brain? Keep your bones? And how do you not end up in a nursing home? How do you not end up with these diseases? You have to start early."

In her new book, "I'm Too Young for This!: The Natural Hormone Solution to Enjoy Perimenopause,” Somers addresses a comprehensive way to approach aging, beginning with awareness of hormone levels declining as early as age 30 for some women and men.

"Women lose 90 percent of our hormones over a two year period so it's so in our face and it's so terrible because a human being is a bunch of chemicals interacting with one another," she said.

"When I first started losing hormones, not realizing that that was what was wrong, it was three years of I couldn't sleep. I'd be dog tired because I hadn't slept the night before and the night before and the week before and the month before and the year before. I get into bed dog tired, I sleep immediately for about 15 minutes and then I'd wake up drenched and then I – just exhausted and then I'd be up for three hours and then the whole thing would start over again and I was averaging three to five hours of sleep a night, if I was really lucky.

"If you're not sleeping that's a game changer. Sleep is when everything, all the repair work happens in your body so if I was your age, if I knew then what I know now I would verse myself in this, I would learn what the language of these symptoms are."

She refers to the "seven dwarves" manifested by low hormones: Itchy, bitchy, sleep, sweaty, bloated, forgetful and all dried up.

Women lost 90 percent of their hormones over a two-year period she said, while it takes men about nine years to "drain completely."

The good news, she said, is "it's all fixable."

"I'm in my 60s'. I sleep eight hours every night without drugs. I have a sex drive which is one of things when you lose your minor hormones, your sex hormones, guess what? You lose your sex drive so when you get everything balanced again you get your sex drive back, your hair gets thick and more lustrous. Older women get stringy hair, I'm not getting stringy hair because my hormones are replaced, your nails get strong."

There is nothing linking bioidentical hormones to an increased cancer risk, according to Somers.

"There has never been one reported case of cancer with bioidentical hormones and those people who say there's not enough research or studies do not know what they're talking about," she said.

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