My simplistic understanding is that estrogen stimulates the production of oxytocin. Oxytocin is what makes us feel and act nurturing or “maternal.” During menopause, our estrogen drops, we produce less oxytocin, and we start feeling less maternal. As this article in an old Atlantic called “The Bitch is Back” (amazing title, which the author must have borrowed from the Elton John song) says “Are menopausal women mad, bad, and dangerous? Yes—but they’re really just returning to normal.” And by “normal,” she means a “selfish, non-nurturing, non-bonding type of person everyone else is.” Another article I read says “And if a woman’s testosterone levels stay high as her oxytocin levels fall, then she will suddenly get a real sense of purpose, drive and focus.”
I just had my blood work done, and here’s what the doctor said “Your testosterone level is low and your "free" testosterone or what is available in the blood stream for use is not even detectable. No wonder you feel off.”
No wonder! I want a real sense of purpose, drive and focus, so I’m considering taking testosterone. The potential benefits include more energy and increased muscle mass. The risks include facial hair, male-pattern balding, and deepened voice. This could get interesting. 😂
In addition to low T, my blood work revealed that I also have high C (high cholesterol). Not high enough to require medication, but high enough to require a lifestyle change. No more butter, steak, triple cream cheese, bacon, or any of my other favorite foods. Sob!
Apparently cholesterol can usually be lowered through diet, but not always. I won’t know for 6 months whether the dietary changes are helping or not.
When I got my results, I definitely felt sorry for myself for a few minutes, but then I realized I’ve eaten absolutely everything that I wanted for almost 50 years. So, if I have to eat quinoa for the next 50 years, that’s okay. I’ve had a good run of eating like a queen. Now it’s time to eat like a peasant.
Do you have high cholesterol? If so, have you had any luck lowering it? How did you do it?
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