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Peripheral neuropathy and menopause

Posted Jun 2nd, 2018 in Naturopathic Medicine, News, Tips

Peripheral neuropathy and menopause

Is there an association between peripheral neuropathy and menopause?

A question that waited many years to be answered, and not yet cleared out except recently. In a research done at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College during 2011-2013 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5296423/   A cross-sectional study done on postmenopausal women who suffered from peripheral neuropathy ( 30 women) were compared to another 30 women who had menopause but did not have neuropathy. Those women who had neuropathy showed a statistically significant lower nerve conduction velocity as compared to those without neuropathy. Furthermore, those women with neuropathy demonstrated significantly lower Estrogen and Progesterone hormone levels.

What do these findings mean for the treatment of this disease?

These findings can open the door for the possibility of treatment of postmenopausal women who have neuropathy using a bioidentical hormone therapy (plant-based preparations that can support the hormone status of women, and at the same time do not cause the side effects of synthetic Estrogens or Progesterone)

Can Naturopathic doctors prescribe bioidentical hormones?

The short answer to this question is yes, provided that they have the pharmaceutical prescription rights (in Ontario)

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