Estrogen nurtures non reproductive tissue such as bone, skin, the brain, blood vessels and heart function. Before, menopause estrogen positively affected cholesterol metabolism and distribution by increasing plasma levels of high density lipoproteins (HDL cholesterol) and inhibiting low density lipoproteins (LDL cholesterol) from free radical damage.
Before menopause, estrogen also has a protective effect on blood vessels and helped regulate vascular endothelial activity, vascular smooth muscle cells and blood pressure. During the menopausal transition, the potent effect of declining estrogen in arteries is evident via hot flashes. A hot flash occurs when blood vessels close to the skin expand allowing for increased blood flow which generates a sensation of heat. Perspiration then occurs to cool the skin.
However, the menopausal transition results in significantly diminished estrogen production. Externally, the effects of diminished estrogen are visible as wrinkles, less skin elasticity, dry skin, thinning hair and at times weight gain. Thirty percent of skin collagen is lost within the first five years after menopause. Lost of collagen can also contribute to weaken blood vessels.
Internally, bone density, brain processes, cholesterol and blood sugar metabolism, vascular and cardiac cells also experience changes in function due to diminished estrogen. After the menopause transition, sympathetic adrenergic (go fast) tone tends to increase and parasympathetic (relax) tone decreases. Body and mind centering activities (calm abiding) help to increase parasympathetic (vagal) tone and blunt adrenergic over stimulation.
The content within this Katha-Soma health blog provides guidance for women to maintain healthy cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure. Reviewing the information provides is a healthy start for women to participate in cardiovascular wellness.
Maintaining well-being is not effortless one needs to participate in nurturing activities.
The arteries and heart will respond in kind.
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Omega 3 fatty acids help modulate sympathetic and parasympathetic tone.
Intake of oily fish such as albacore tuna and salmon (omega 3, EPA & DHA)
have significant beneficial effects on parameters influencing
heart rate variability (the variation in the interval between heart beats),
an increase in vagal tone, modulation of adrenergic mediated baroreceptor activity
and improved sinoatrial node function.
Dietary fish and Omega 3 fatty acid consumption and Heart Rate Variability in US Adults.
Circulation, Vol. 117, March 4, 2008, pp 1130-37
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