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#63: Eating for The Menopause with Dr Hannah Short

05 Aug 2020

My guest today is Dr Hannah Short, a GP and women’s health specialist who has personal experience of surgical POI (primary ovarian insufficiency), having undergone a total hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of the womb, fallopian tubes and both ovaries) at the age of just 35. 

She now sees patients from across the  POI spectrum and uses  a combination approach of  both HRT medication and nutrition  and lifestyle changes. An ambassador for the Daisy Network, Hannah has big  aspirations to  improve Menopausal awareness and  care across the country.

Hannah has a keen interest in the role of plant-based nutrition in female hormonal health, in particular the association between the gut microbiome and oestrogen metabolism. In 2018, Hannah completed the eCornell Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition and has undertaken further training in lifestyle medicine with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

 

On the show today we talk about:

  • Hannah’s personal story - Endometriosis and surgically induced menopause and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
  • Defining the Menopause and Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (POI)
  • What is normally meant to happen in the menopause 
  • The pathophysiology behind the commonest symptoms
  • How the menopause  effects chronic conditions
  • The gut microbiome and oestrogen metabolism
  • “Oestrogen dominance”
  • How a plant based diet can help lessen menopausal and menstrual symptoms
  • The impact of inflammation on the menopause
  • HRT and the different types - body vs bio - identical and their uses
  • Soy and the menopause
  • Supplements and the menopause

 

All other social media links are noted here below.

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SUMMARY

"45% of women in the UK or in the Western world die of heart disease and yet it doesnt really remain on peoples radar that much.  Everyone is still very fearful of cancer, and Im not downplaying the cancer, but even women who unfortunately have breast cancer are more likely to die of heart disease"

Dr Hannah Short

 
I really hope that you enjoyed the podcast with Dr Hannah Short - what an incredible person and a massive patient advocate and one of the most empathic doctors that Ive had the pleasure of talking to on the podcast.  What a super guest and Im sure you will agree, a fascinating conversation with Dr Hannah.
Womens health and the Menopause has been one of the most frequently requested topics for the podcast so I do hope that you enjoyed this and please do share it with anyone that you think might find it useful.
We talked through a number of information points and resources during our conversation, and Ive noted these below here for your reference.
 
Food related links
Tempeh piccata recipe   
Websites
The Daisy Network
The International Society for Premenstrual Disorders
Endometriosis UK
See Her Thrive
 
Articles/Factsheets
https://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2015/apr/01/lets-talk-menopause-because-we-are-failing-13-million-women  
https://www.vogue.co.uk/beauty/article/early-menopause  
https://www.menopausedoctor.co.uk/menopause/top-lifestyle-tips-for-a-healthy-menopause-fact-sheet#
https://drhannahshort.co.uk/plant-based-nutrition/
https://thebms.org.uk/publications/tools-for-clinicians/induced-menopause-in-women-with-endometriosis/
Body identical versus bio-identical hormones?
Microbiome and the menopause
Complimentary medicine and the menopause
https://www.mymenopausalvagina.co.uk/

GUEST: Dr Hannah Short

Dr Hannah Short is an NHS GP and an accredited Specialist in Menopause & Premenstrual Disorders, recognised by the British Menopause Society (BMS), The International Association for Premenstrual Disorders (IAPMD) and The National Association for Premenstrual Syndrome (NAPS). Hannah has a keen interest in the role of plant-based nutrition in female hormonal health, in particular the association between the gut microbiome and oestrogen metabolism. In 2018, Hannah completed the eCornell Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition and has undertaken further training in lifestyle medicine with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). She is a member of the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine. Hannah is based in Newmarket, Suffolk, and Ely, Cambridgeshire.

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