1 hr 5 min

314: Flourishing in Perimenopause and Menopause Using Lifestyle Medicine with Dr. Nitu Bajekal I AM HUMAN

    • Nutrition

In this episode of I AM HUMAN, we learn more about perimenopause and menopause from experienced OB/GYN Dr. Nitu Bajekal. She describes typical symptoms and timelines and what we can do with our diet and lifestyle habits and behaviors to reduce symptoms and support our health and longevity. We also discuss indications for HRT/MHT and who to seek help from. This is an excellent and information-packed episode for people that will be or are going through this transition.

Listen in as Dr. Bajekal shares some of the common and more unusual symptoms of menopause, discussing the importance of recognizing and respecting the varied experiences women may face. From the potential benefits of hormone replacement therapy to the role primary care providers play in the management of symptoms, we cover all bases to ensure you are equipped with the information you need. We delve into the power of the six pillars of lifestyle medicine that can bolster health during menopause, discussing strategies for sleep, stress management, social connections, and more, all while maintaining a keen focus on the holistic nature of well-being.

Dr. Nitu Bajekal, MD, is a Senior Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in the UK with over 35 years of experience. Specializing in Lifestyle Medicine, PCOS, and menopause, she's also a skilled surgeon. A Fellow of the Royal College and recipient of the Indian President’s Gold Medal, she's one of the UK’s first board-certified Lifestyle Medicine Physicians. Dr. Bajekal is dedicated to health advocacy, offering credible medical and lifestyle guidance. She co-authored acclaimed books like "Living PCOS Free" and "Finding Me in Menopause," reflecting her commitment to empowering individuals. Passionate about a vegan lifestyle, she integrates her beliefs into her work and life. 

Discussion points: 
(00:00) Dr. Nitu Bajekal reframes menopause as an opportunity for renewal and growth. She encourages women to view this life stage positively, dispelling fears and advocating for self-education on the changes to come. (06:37) Definitions of menopause and perimenopause, discussing the symptoms, onset, and the importance of recognizing this natural transition.  (10:15) Varied experiences women can have with perimenopause and menopause, from minimal symptoms to more severe manifestations.  (18:24) Unusual symptoms of perimenopause, such as joint pain and heightened sensitivities. The importance of not trivializing these changes and the need for proper diagnosis and management.  (23:17) The wide range of menopausal symptoms and the necessity for healthcare providers to take women's experiences seriously.  (26:19) Insights from the book, "Finding Me in Menopause," which addresses Dr. Nitu’s personal journey through menopause. She emphasizes how it can be a time of self-discovery and empowerment for many women. (34:08) Educating yourself and women in general, easing symptoms, and the six lifestyle pillars, including the critical roles of sleep, nutrition, exercise, and social networks during menopause.  (49:42) Benefits of soy and its role in preventing certain cancers, including prostate, bowel, and colon cancer. The doctors tackle common misconceptions about soy and estrogen, and the benefits of eating beans every day. (57:08) Who is a candidate, and when, for Hormone Therapy? (1:01:49) Final questions - success, goals, dreams, what we wish people knew Please subscribe, and reach out to us with your comments, questions, and feedback 
Disclaimer: The information on this podcast is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace careful evaluation and treatment. If you have concerns about your health or well-being, please consult a healthcare professional.

The I AM HUMAN podcast explores topics such as plant-based nutrition, lifestyle medicine, personal development, and spirituality to promote health, well-being, longevity, and joy and help you craft your best life yet. Subscr

In this episode of I AM HUMAN, we learn more about perimenopause and menopause from experienced OB/GYN Dr. Nitu Bajekal. She describes typical symptoms and timelines and what we can do with our diet and lifestyle habits and behaviors to reduce symptoms and support our health and longevity. We also discuss indications for HRT/MHT and who to seek help from. This is an excellent and information-packed episode for people that will be or are going through this transition.

Listen in as Dr. Bajekal shares some of the common and more unusual symptoms of menopause, discussing the importance of recognizing and respecting the varied experiences women may face. From the potential benefits of hormone replacement therapy to the role primary care providers play in the management of symptoms, we cover all bases to ensure you are equipped with the information you need. We delve into the power of the six pillars of lifestyle medicine that can bolster health during menopause, discussing strategies for sleep, stress management, social connections, and more, all while maintaining a keen focus on the holistic nature of well-being.

Dr. Nitu Bajekal, MD, is a Senior Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in the UK with over 35 years of experience. Specializing in Lifestyle Medicine, PCOS, and menopause, she's also a skilled surgeon. A Fellow of the Royal College and recipient of the Indian President’s Gold Medal, she's one of the UK’s first board-certified Lifestyle Medicine Physicians. Dr. Bajekal is dedicated to health advocacy, offering credible medical and lifestyle guidance. She co-authored acclaimed books like "Living PCOS Free" and "Finding Me in Menopause," reflecting her commitment to empowering individuals. Passionate about a vegan lifestyle, she integrates her beliefs into her work and life. 

Discussion points: 
(00:00) Dr. Nitu Bajekal reframes menopause as an opportunity for renewal and growth. She encourages women to view this life stage positively, dispelling fears and advocating for self-education on the changes to come. (06:37) Definitions of menopause and perimenopause, discussing the symptoms, onset, and the importance of recognizing this natural transition.  (10:15) Varied experiences women can have with perimenopause and menopause, from minimal symptoms to more severe manifestations.  (18:24) Unusual symptoms of perimenopause, such as joint pain and heightened sensitivities. The importance of not trivializing these changes and the need for proper diagnosis and management.  (23:17) The wide range of menopausal symptoms and the necessity for healthcare providers to take women's experiences seriously.  (26:19) Insights from the book, "Finding Me in Menopause," which addresses Dr. Nitu’s personal journey through menopause. She emphasizes how it can be a time of self-discovery and empowerment for many women. (34:08) Educating yourself and women in general, easing symptoms, and the six lifestyle pillars, including the critical roles of sleep, nutrition, exercise, and social networks during menopause.  (49:42) Benefits of soy and its role in preventing certain cancers, including prostate, bowel, and colon cancer. The doctors tackle common misconceptions about soy and estrogen, and the benefits of eating beans every day. (57:08) Who is a candidate, and when, for Hormone Therapy? (1:01:49) Final questions - success, goals, dreams, what we wish people knew Please subscribe, and reach out to us with your comments, questions, and feedback 
Disclaimer: The information on this podcast is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace careful evaluation and treatment. If you have concerns about your health or well-being, please consult a healthcare professional.

The I AM HUMAN podcast explores topics such as plant-based nutrition, lifestyle medicine, personal development, and spirituality to promote health, well-being, longevity, and joy and help you craft your best life yet. Subscr

1 hr 5 min