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Many people do not realize the connection between hormones and between hormones and diet.  There are definite links between having balanced hormones and diet. Many people have gotten into some very bad habits that caused their diets to go off kilter. An imbalance between estrogen and progesterone, especially estrogen dominance, can occur at any age. The other issue with respect to hormone balance is the fact that cortisol is the balancing hormone for insulin.
Back in the 1990s, people developed a fear of ingesting fat.  As a result, they turned to low-fat foods, in addition to things such as refined carbohydrates and simple sugars.

Alicia Stanton, MD functional medicine physician, and author or Hormone Harmony™ and she shed light on the issues related to insulin and cortisol. It is tragic to see children develop insulin resistance or Type 2 diabetes, which is traditionally known as adult-onset diabetes. This trend caused a major problem; and, it actually created a situation in which their bodies had to use a lot of insulin to balance all the sugar they were putting into their bloodstreams.
In addition, these children probably have a genetic predisposition to diabetes, in addition to a poor diet. It eventually got to the point where their bodies weren’t listening to the insulin and in fact became insulin resistant.  This is an ongoing problem. This is a medical issue because belly fat has different enzymes in it that unbalance the hormones.

Belly fat takes testosterone and converts it to extra estrogen, creating a big problem for both men and women. Women with too much extra estrogen can have breast tenderness, heavy bleeding, uterine fibroids, and other problems.

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