Empower Your Joints: Hormones & Joint Pain

Are you more susceptible to joint pain as you age?

Let's chat about something that might not seem like the most exciting topic at first glance: menopause, andropause, and how hormones and joint pain connected.

Yep, those phases of life that bring about changes in hormones and, well, a whole bunch of other stuff.

Men, there's something in here for you as well,  so don't hurry to leave 😀

When we hear 'menopause,' we often think of women experiencing hot flashes, mood swings, and all that jazz, along with night sweats, vaginal dryness, urinary changes, forgetfulness, and joint pain.

Of course, not every woman goes through the same symptoms, some will have a smooth ride, some wish their cycle never ended, and some are in between.

I remember when I was going through perimenopause and menopause, one day I woke up with curly hair. That lasted about 8-9 months, then all of a sudden it changed back to my wavy hair. But it never went back to my original hair. And the weight gain, overnight, I would gain, no kidding, 20lbs.

But hey, fellas, don't think you're off the hook just yet. Andropause, or 'male menopause,' is a real thing too, bringing its own set of symptoms like low libido, irritability, reduced muscle mass, and even enlarged breasts.

So, everyone's in this hormone rollercoaster together!

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What is the connection between hormones and joint pain?

Well, turns out, our hormones—specifically estrogen and testosterone—play a pretty significant role in keeping our joints happy. As we hit perimenopause and menopause, estrogen levels start to do a dance, and not always the smooth kind. Research suggests that this hormonal shift can contribute to osteoarthritis (OA) by messing with our joint tissues and increasing inflammation. And ladies, estrogen isn't just about reproductive stuff.

Estrogen has various protective effects: cardiovascular, brain, bone.

Some studies indicate that postmenopausal women have higher chance of cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases then regular cycling women. This is due to declining estrogen levels.

Declining estrogen levels can also affect the uptake and utilization of magnesium. Therefore, low magnesium can cause muscle aches and pain, muscle fatigue and cramps.

And guys, don't think you're off the hook either. Testosterone isn't just about muscles and machismo—it's also crucial for maintaining healthy cartilage and keeping inflammation at bay. So, when T-levels take a dip, joint pain might come knocking.

Men, according to this study there is a direct correlation between testosterone and joint pain.

Androgen hormones, including testosterone, have a protective effect on cartilage in the body. Bone growth and maintenance are significantly influenced by testosterone. When testosterone levels are low, you may be at greater risk of inflammation and joint pain.

But fear not! There are things you can do to give your joints some love.

Yes, these therapies may have some risks, and at the same time I know for some people going through HRT, Bioidentical hormone therapy, or compounded bioidentical hormone therapy makes a HUGE difference in the quality of their life and the lives of their loved ones.

Speaking from personal experience, I consider myself one of the lucky ones. I've had my own journey with menopausal symptoms. Hot flashes? Check. Sleep issues? You bet. And can't forget about crying over the silliest things. But guess what helped me out? A little herb called Chaste Tree. Seriously, after a month of taking it, my hot flashes were history. It might not work for everyone, but hey, it's worth a shot!

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I'm not saying it's going to have the same effect on everyone, but it doesn't hurt to try. Here's a great randomized double-blind study showing the comparison of Vitex with placebo in reducing menopausal symptoms. (If you are taking hormones or under the doctor's care, please consult your physician before starting any supplement protocol)

What other steps you can take to keep your joints healthy as you age?

Eat healthy, make sure to incorporate hydrolyzed collagen into your diet. Get your organic collagen here and save 15% every time you shop. 

Consume healthy fats, such as olive oil, avocado, raw nuts and seeds, fatty fish, etc.

Avoid sugar and simple carbohydrates

Engage in regular exercise, especially strength training to stimulate bone growth

Get adequate sleep. If you need help from time to time, here's my favorite sleep gel that supports all 4 stages of sleep. Use coupon code ANI20 to save 20% on your first order.

So, whether you're navigating the ups and downs of menopause or andropause, remember you're not alone, and there are things you can do to ease the journey.

PS: Check out this article where I talk about what tests are available to you, functional tests, that will give you the most accurate picture of you hormones.

About the author 

Ani Papazyan BS, CN, LMT, LE

As a Pain Resolution Practitioner, I empower individuals to conquer body pain, reclaim their lives, and embrace personalized wellness based on their unique genetic makeup, offering tailored solutions, self-help techniques, and transformative strategies.

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