Ben Greenfield Life: Episode 196: BHRT and Menopause Management with Karen Martel

In this episode, Ben Greenfield takes a deep dive into the world of women's hormones with hormone expert Karen Martel. Karen shares her personal journey of experiencing hormone imbalances in her 30s and how she overcame them through holistic practices. She also discusses the rise and fall of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and the importance of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) as a safer option. They cover topics such as when women typically need HRT, testing protocols for hormone metabolization, and the differences between oral and transdermal progesterone, their effects on sleep, and anxiolytic benefits. Karen highlights the role of estradiol in reducing Alzheimer's and dementia risk, improving skin health, and protecting the brain, emphasizing the transdermal application. She also mentions the minimal systemic impact of small amounts of synthetic estrogens used in face moisturizers and the broader issue of synthetic estrogens in men's hormones. Furthermore, they discuss DHEA benefits for cortisol issues, the use of peptides in HRT, and the importance of managing perimenopause and menopause. Karen also warns about the dangers of using DIM without proper testing and offers lifestyle practices and biohacking technologies for managing menopause, including weight management strategies, stress management, and recommendations for cardiovascular and bone health.

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