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Bone Health and Cholesterol in Hypothalamic Amenorrhea

Bone Health and Cholesterol in Hypothalamic Amenorrhea

Today, let's delve into a crucial yet often overlooked connection: the intersection of bone health and cholesterol, particularly in the context of Hypothalamic Amenorrhea (HA). If you've explored my previous discussions on cholesterol and bone health separately, you're in for a holistic revelation.


Estrogen and bone health


Central to bone health amidst Hypothalamic Amenorrhea (HA) discourse is the pivotal role of estrogen. It's common knowledge that diminished estrogen levels heighten bone fragility and reduce bone mineral density. Moreover, in Hypothalamic Amenorrhea (HA), low estrogen levels correlate with elevated MAT (marrow adipose tissue), exacerbating the decline in bone density and strength.


Acknowledging Progesterone's Influence


While estrogen steals the spotlight in bone health discussions, let's not sideline progesterone's significant contributions. Research indicates a synergistic dance between estrogen and progesterone within the female physiology. Progesterone, alongside estrogen, fosters peak bone mineral density. Studies showcase progesterone's prowess in bolstering osteoblast numbers and maturation (the cells that form new bones and grow and heal existing bones), particularly evident during the luteal phase. Hence, progesterone deficiency is implicated in reduced bone formation, emphasizing the interplay of these hormones in maintaining bone health.


Unraveling the Cholesterol Conundrum


Where does cholesterol factor into this narrative? Well, osteoblasts, the architects of bone formation and remodeling, rely on cholesterol for sustenance and functionality. Cholesterol emerges as a critical component for osteoblast survival and bone mineralization. Furthermore, it facilitates the maturation of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal cells (MSCs). However, akin to other hormones, cholesterol operates within a range for optimal functionality. Excessive cholesterol levels can perturb bone metabolism, escalating resorption while diminishing formation, as evidenced in human and rodent studies.


Bone Health and Cholesterol in Hypothalamic Amenorrhea


Bone Health and Cholesterol in Hypothalamic Amenorrhea can be confusing. If you find yourself in the confluence of Hypothalamic Amenorrhea, osteoporosis/osteopenia, and high cholesterol, you may feel perplexed by the interplay of these factors. Perhaps you've diligently avoided cholesterol-rich foods and embraced rigorous exercise regimes, yet high cholesterol persists. Consider this: could chronic dieting and energy restriction, culminating in Hypothalamic Amenorrhea, underpin both your low estrogen levels and elevated cholesterol? Could your aversion to cholesterol-laden animal products inadvertently exacerbate bone health woes?


Rather than fixating on cholesterol avoidance, which you've already explored, let's address the root cause: hormonal imbalance, manifesting as low estrogen and progesterone. Restoring ovulation, healing of Hypothalamic Amenorrhea, emerges as the linchpin in rectifying both cholesterol levels and bone health. And how do you recover from of Hypothalamic Amenorrhea? Well certainly not by avoiding food! Don’t be afraid of animal-derived products!



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