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Suzanne Somers: What Every Woman Needs to Know About Perimenopause

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Suzanne Somers: What Every Woman Needs to Know About Perimenopause
Actress and health advocate Suzanne Somers has a message for younger women: Don’t wait until menopause before taking steps to boost your health and vitality with natural hormone therapy.
 
In an interview with Newsmax TV’s “America’s Forum,” Somers says there is a “new way to age,” but it requires women — and men — to recognize that hormone deficiencies promote the aging process and should be addressed early. It’s particularly important for women experiencing the first signs of perimenopause — the stage in a woman’s life just before she enters menopause.
 
“That’s essentially what all my books are about — how do you age well?” she says. “I looked at the present paradigm of aging, and it’s not something any of us look forward to. It’s 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.”
 
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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.
 
She says her research for the book was driven by a key question: “What if we could make aging aspirational?”
 
The former “Three’s Company” star notes that advances in medical technology are allowing Americans to live longer than ever before. But little of that scientific research has focused on improving quality of life as we grow older by supplementing natural hormones that are depleted with age.
 
“I realized for the last 20 years that I have been restoring what I have lost in the aging process with natural bio-identical hormones … so technology is great, technology has figured out how to extend life, we’re all going to live 90, 100, the futurists say 110, 120,” she says. “But nobody has thought about quality of life in that second half. And so what I write about is quality of life.

“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? And you have to start early if you have to start early and that’s why I talk about perimenopause.”
Somers notes that 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.”
 
Taking bio-identical hormones — especially testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, and DHE (dihydroergotamine) — balance out the body’s hormones, which boosts overall health and wellbeing, keeps weight down and energy levels up, she says.

“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,” she says. “I get into bed dog tired, I sleep immediately for about 15 minutes and then I'd wake up drenched and … 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.”
 
Somers adds that it’s critical for younger women — and men, too — to be aware of the symptoms of hormone deficiency, including fatigue, weight gain, and poor sleep.

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

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