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[00:00:00.270] – Sam Ridgeway
And other things about women that I as a man and most of the other men can’t possibly relate to or pretty much talk about, so we’re going to get into that. But from now. We have three different streaming services. We have one, two to Facebook, we have one to YouTube. So all the questions need to be consolidated into one area because you can ask questions live and we’ll get to those. But the area that needs to be consolidated to is it’s live like a Viking forward chat.
[00:00:31.830] – Sam Ridgeway
So again, can live like a Viking forward chat and then all of your questions, no matter what your YouTube or Facebook, will all come into one area. So first, I’d like to start off with Kristen. Give your a little background on yourself and maybe your credentials. Just tell everybody who you are.
[00:00:47.240] – Kristen Letendre
Well, my name is Kristen. I am a physician assistant. After I finished school, I did a surgical residency for a year and then they hired me after that and I worked there for a couple of years.
[00:01:00.530] – Kristen Letendre
Then I went into internal medicine for a few years, and then I was in a different hormone clinic for three years. And I’ve been with Viking for about a year.
[00:01:11.840] – Sam Ridgeway
How do you like Viking, Kristen?
[00:01:13.490] – Kristen Letendre
I love Viking. Excellent.
[00:01:15.560] – Sam Ridgeway
I like that. Okay, so so today is going to be all about women going to dedicate the whole entire thing to women. So let’s just get started, because I know there are a lot of women out there that have questions about hormone therapy. So first, what I’d like to do is I’d like to talk about a woman’s normal menstrual cycle and then about the changes that are bound to happen with age.
[00:01:36.250] – Kristen Letendre
OK, so a normal menstrual cycle, everything starts in the brain in the pituitary. You have your FSH and your LH they’re basically like the commanding officers and they help with you can’t really see it, but it stimulates follicular growth and ovulation. Those two hormones. So you have your female cycle, a normal cycle. You have your follicular phase and your luteal phase. Follicular phase is day one to 14. And then the luteal phase is fourteen to twenty eight.
[00:02:10.660] – Kristen Letendre
Right before on day 14, you get that LH surge, which is the commanding officer to increase Estragon. That’s when we all go nuts for a little bit with the cravings, the moods, the anxiety, all of that, then your estrogen will slowly start to go down, your progesterone comes up and once you get your period, the progesterone is high and the estrogen is released. And that’s why even though you are menstruating, your calmer, progesterone is the feel good hormone.
[00:02:40.960] – Kristen Letendre
Now, if you are if you wanted to get your hormones checked while you were still menstruating, the best time would be mid luteal phase – days nineteen to twenty one, because that’s when your estrogen and progesterone are kind of both elevated. So that’s what you want to see. If you’re postmenopausal, it doesn’t matter.
[00:03:00.550] – Kristen Letendre
So what else do I want to tell you? All right. So I’m a very humour me for a second, Sam. I’m a very visual person. So basically women. This is what happens in the beginning of the cycle, the estrogen goes up, you feel like your breasts are sensitive, you’re bloated, all of this, then once the fashion goes down and the progesterone is increased, you deflate. So you feel calmer.
[00:03:32.180] – Kristen Letendre
When you’re in the perimenopausal phase, which can be up to 15 years before menopause, so even in your late 30s, most people are like, oh no, if you’re not in your 40s, it’s forty five, you’re still too early. That’s not true. You can start having these symptoms and feel horrible very early.
[00:03:47.060] – Kristen Letendre
So this. Is awesome. This is where I am, and this is basically mini monsoon’s before the tornado, so. You’re going up, you’re going down, you’re going not to high up, you’re going down, you’re all over the place. You have estrogen surges, progesterone drops a little bit. You might have breakthru bleeding. It’s just a mess.
[00:04:17.360] – Kristen Letendre
And then once you hit menopause, estrogen and progestin both drops.
[00:04:21.110] – Kristen Letendre
So you’re basically like flatlined. When you replace your hormones, you have a nice balance, stream. So that’s probably the best place to be through all the scenarios.
[00:04:37.730] – Sam Ridgeway
OK, so those are the symptoms of some of the hormonal imbalances in women in those symptoms, if you just had to like lay them out, if someone said, OK, what are the symptoms that I would have? Just bullet point one, two, three. What would those be
[00:04:51.320] – Sam Ridgeway
that you know, you’ve got a hormonal imbalance, right?
[00:04:54.440] – Kristen Letendre
Well, perimenopause, which is, like I said, could be as early as like thirty five. That’s when your body basically is in an inflammatory state.
So you can feel fatigued, bloated, you have extra fat on your hips, your abdomen, your thighs, metabolism slows, you get joint pains. That’s like the start of it. Everything’s just inflamed. And then you can also join this phase at anything. But during this phase, you can also have estrogen dominance. I actually suffer from that. And that is horrific. That’s when you have too much estrogen in your body. You get fibres that you can get fibrocystic breast fibroid tumors on your uterus.
[00:05:35.270] – Kristen Letendre
Your PMS is worse. The water retention is horrible. You feel like you’re carrying around a sack of potatoes. Your mood is just all over the place. So you have heavy bleeding, bloating, you have all these exaggerated symptoms. And then when you get menopause, usually get more on the hot flashes, the vaginal dryness, mood swings, brittle hair. Also with menopause, which many people don’t correlate, you can have atrophic vaginitis and urinary symptoms because what happens is when your hormones are off, they basically the lining is thin and they lose their elasticity.
[00:06:14.270] – Kristen Letendre
So you can have incontinence, you can get more urinary infections, you can have vaginal dryness, painful sex. So all of those it’s everything. And estrogen and progesterone are everywhere. They’re not just, you know, in your ovaries. You have them in your skin, your heart, your liver. That’s why everything’s affected. Your cholesterol, your women get very itchy when they go through the changes because all these hormones are everywhere.
[00:06:43.880] – Sam Ridgeway
So how long can this last like I mean, I know that’s probably different with different people. That’s the way most things are. But is there a time frame that the medical community says this is what you’d be looking at as a standard, normal time frame to get through that until you’re on the other side?
[00:06:59.750] – Kristen Letendre
Well, they usually say if you up to a year, a year without a menstrual cycle, that’s when you are postmenopausal. And that’s definitely when you should be on the hormones. But a lot of people say that you should start going even before that. So you avoid all these symptoms.
[00:07:16.970] – Sam Ridgeway
OK, well, we talked about estrogen and progestin. So what could balancing hormones do for the average woman and get them straightened out from all of these issues we just discussed?
[00:07:30.800] – Kristen Letendre
Well, that’s the thing.
[00:07:32.510] – Kristen Letendre
A lot of people get nervous with this, but I don’t understand why, because you can put yourself at greater risk of other issues just by being unbalanced, like estrogen, progesterone. They’re both produced, synthesized in ovaries, also in other areas of the body. But like I was saying before, if you have estrogen dominance, your uterus can become thick and go through changes, you can get uterine cancer if same thing with the breast. You can have changes, increase the cells they change and you can get breast cancer if you have this estrogen dominance, which a lot of women suffer from.
[00:08:10.330] – Kristen Letendre
So if you balance it, you’re reducing your inflamation. Heart disease, cholesterol, osteoporosis, reducing your risk of cancer, improving your sex drive. All of this is happening.
[00:08:20.650] – Sam Ridgeway
So I it honestly, that’s my wife going on it. She couldn’t sleep. She was throwing the covers off, back, on, off. I mean, we’re talking the sheets were drenched, I mean hot with the hot flashes and sweats, everything. We got her on hormone replacement therapy through Viking and that all went away, started sleeping, didn’t have any more hot.
[00:08:42.190] – Sam Ridgeway
I mean, the whole thing just went away, did less of the symptoms. They went away.
[00:08:47.920] – Kristen Letendre
Usually you have the hot flashes when the estrogen is too high or your progesterone is too low, either one. So, yeah, you balanced the hormones out and alleviate the problem.
[00:08:58.240] – Sam Ridgeway
OK, so, hey, if we get questions to come in, I want to I kind of throw them a Robin says I have Christianities, a consult, and I’m grateful. I use an aromatase inhibitor for of Chrisann Nettle, Root and Tomcat. Ali, what are your thoughts?
[00:09:11.410] – Kristen Letendre
So what should you. I suppose the thing is, what could you use in aromatase inhibitor? Is that something else that you can.
[00:09:19.870] – Kristen Letendre
Yeah. If you are concerned that your oestrogen is going to high from the testosterone conversion or you just have estrogen dominance, you can use Chrisann is good. They even say zinc helps to manage the Estragon. Men are on anastrozole. Women can use it. But I always go the natural route, if you can. What else?
[00:09:44.110] – Kristen Letendre
Progesterone could also actually combat that. A lot of women, especially the estrogen dominant, they’ll be on the progesterone pill at night and then maybe they’ll take a progesterone cream in the morning if they have an excess amount of estrogen. So, yeah, absolutely.
[00:09:57.580] – Sam Ridgeway
OK, so what if you have let’s just say you have a hysterectomy. Would you still need testosterone, estrogen and progestone replacement?
[00:10:06.730] – Kristen Letendre
Yes, because just because your uterus is taken out so you don’t have to worry about uterine cancer. Like I said before, there are receptors everywhere and you don’t want to have unopposed estrogen because that is where the issues come in. And going back to estrogen, there’s basically three estrogens. There’s E 1, E2, E4. Now, before menopause, the ratio is usually E1 and E1 converts to E2, E1 is the one is the one you have to worry about.
[00:10:35.020] – Kristen Letendre
E two is very good for your heart and brain health and E three also. So before menopause, the ratio is E1 – 10 percent, E2 – 10 percent and E 3, 80 percent. Menopause, you have e one at 80 percent, which is not good, and then you have your E two and E three levels drop. So that’s why some women need a biest cream. And that’s usually usually there’s all different doses because everyone’s different. It’s usually E2 20 percent e three, 80 percent.
[00:11:08.310] – Sam Ridgeway
And like I said, there’s different versions. So that’s that’s another issue. Again, you have to balance the genes in your body.
[00:11:16.980] – Sam Ridgeway
OK, well, you know, another thing that is kind of crazy. First of all, I want to come back and I want to say for the people who just joined to consolidate all of the questions in one spot, this is the place you go. So LiveLikeaViking.com/chat. So LiveLikeaViking.com/chat. So that you put your questions in there. And we will ask Kristen as they as they come through. But one thing that we a lot of women don’t realize is the role that testosterone plays because it’s all often thought of just a man’s hormone.
[00:11:48.540] – Sam Ridgeway
And it’s not very important in women. But but it really is. So what are some of the symptoms that might indicate that a woman might need testosterone replacement? Well, first of all, women do have testosterone in their bodies. That’s that from the testosterone. They do the aromatization to Estragon. It’s part of their makeup. So, yes, it’s a lower dose, but they do need it and it tends to drop with age, just like the other hormones you basically have.
[00:12:16.800] – Kristen Letendre
You have female androgen deficiency syndrome, which is considered when you have low testosterone levels and you’re having symptoms of the fatigue, the decreased motivation, weight gain, metabolism issues, low self-esteem, nipple and clitoris, not sensitive anymore, but then you also have relative androgen deficiency.
[00:12:42.600] – Kristen Letendre
Now that is where you can have normal testosterone levels, but you still have symptoms. And the biggest one for women is if their libido is very low. So you can still treat that by getting rid of their symptoms depending on what dose they need. So it’s still treatable. It still should be treated because who wants to have no libido? I don’t.
[00:13:03.850] – Sam Ridgeway
So maybe we just had a couple more questions. Come in.Divana has my mother’s experience short term memory loss, 82 years old.
[00:13:11.490] – Kristen Letendre
I want to avoid this, if at all possible. How does this concern the use of HRT? So I guess the question is, is there a way for that kind of thing where you get to that age is to help that at all? Or is that just an entirely different subject?
[00:13:26.550] – Kristen Letendre
No, it absolutely helps that it’s been shown to help Alzheimer’s disease, because, again, just like I said, you have hormone receptors in your brain. So when those start to decrease, you’re going to have brain abnormalities, whatever way they are. A lot of a lot of women complain of brain fog or difficulty concentrating or they’ll walk into a room done this many times. I don’t know what the heck. I’m in there for 10 minutes. And then as it progresses, you could have Alzheimer’s symptoms.
[00:13:52.950] – Kristen Letendre
So absolutely balancing that will help that.
[00:13:55.610] – Sam Ridgeway
OK, so let’s get back to the conversation at hand. And what if a woman’s testosterone level is normal but she’s still having symptoms?
[00:14:03.780] – Kristen Letendre
Well, then you would give her again, there’s no rule book and I can’t stand. That’s what I love about Viking. I can’t stand when they just slap on the average dose of everything. And that’s it. Everyone is different. Everyone has their own Rubik’s Cube, like I tell my patients. So you have to I always believe in so with less because it’s much less of a mess. You give a little bit, they’re going to feel better because you’re giving them something if they’re lacking and follow up, see how they feel.
[00:14:32.070] – Kristen Letendre
It’s much easier to increase the dose if they need it to alleviate their symptoms. Like you were saying, if they if the levels are normal but they’re still having symptoms rather than overshoot it, they feel great for about two weeks, then they feel like crap because their estrogen is too high. Testosterone is too much for their body, whatever the case may be. And then it takes you a long time to go back down and alleviate those symptoms.
[00:14:55.660] – Sam Ridgeway
OK, so what are some of the signs of an imbalance while you’re on HRT, and if so, if you experience those, how do you correct them?
[00:15:03.280] – Kristen Letendre
The two biggest things for women initially to be aware of is if you have excess, really excess, oily skin or very bad acne, those are usually signs that might be starting to get a little too much for you.
[00:15:16.630] – Kristen Letendre
Then if you have some hair loss, excess body hair, a lot of women say, oh, I’m having way too much facial hair. That’s a sign your clitoris is going to get more sensitive. That’s what you want. But if it’s a little bit swollen and your libido is really through the roof, you’re going to back it down a little bit. So those are the things to look out for.
[00:15:40.060] – Sam Ridgeway
I don’t know if the husband is going to agree with you, but what I got. All right. OK, so a lot of people have heard about SHBG, but why don’t you just discuss why that’s so important with balancing hormones?
[00:15:53.620] – Kristen Letendre
It’s very important, and that is one of the things that makes us all different. It’s a protein produced by the liver and it bonds tightly to estradial, BHT and testosterone. And everyone has a different number based on your metabolism, your genetics, your your body make up. A lot of women on birth control pills have a very high SHBG and it’s a sex hormone binding globulin. And what that does is it’s, like I said, binds to the other hormones.
[00:16:27.040] – Kristen Letendre
So another reason, if you check someone’s testosterone level and it’s normal, but their total testosterone, but they’re feeling horrible, you check SHBG and see if that’s very high. It’s holding on to that testosterone so they don’t have access to that testosterone. So that’s something that needs to be addressed. Same thing. If the SHBG is very low, it’s not holding on to any estrogen. So you might feel what you want it to. So you might feel like your estrogen, even though within a normal range is double or triple the amount.
[00:16:58.600] – Kristen Letendre
So it’s a very important test to to look at. And it helps to give us a better picture of what’s going on in the body.
[00:17:06.170] – Sam Ridgeway
All right, good. And then, you know, here’s one of the issues that we have at Viki. We go when we get a man in and he’s feeling the Low T symptoms, we get him all set up, get him going and 100 miles an hour. The guy’s feeling amazing. But the problem is his wife is still where she was or where he was before.
[00:17:26.090] – Sam Ridgeway
So we it’s like it’s an imbalance in the relationship. He’s like ready to go. Is libidos up. He’s feeling great, like an alpha male sexually. He’s going crazy, but his wife is.
[00:17:36.800] – Sam Ridgeway
So the question really is, is it important or recommended that if your spouse or significant other is on hormone replacement therapy, that you at least look at it if you’re not feeling your best?
[00:17:52.180] – Kristen Letendre
Of course, and it’s not even just sexually, you know, hormone replacement makes your your body great in so many ways, mentally, physically and psychologically besides sexually. So if your significant other is balanced and you are not balanced, your compatibility is going to be off. They’re going to have more energy. They’re not going to be as fatigued. They are going to be in a better mood. They’re going to be very sexual. And they’re you are feeling fatigued, not confident, maybe can’t get weight off, don’t want to do anything and definitely not into sex.
[00:18:30.820] – Kristen Letendre
So how is that working? That’s definitely going to cause a problem. And why would you want to feel like that?
[00:18:36.470] – Sam Ridgeway
[00:18:37.570] – Sam Ridgeway
You know, that’s what I’ve often said to my wife. It’s you know, I’m 53. She’s 51. And this is the time of your life where hopefully the kids are out of the house or they’re at least self-sufficient and they get to go around, do their own thing. You hopefully have done well for yourself to have a couple extra dollars in your bank account.
[00:18:54.580] – Sam Ridgeway
And now it’s kind of time for you to to regroup, you know, to to get past all the kids in the soccer, the baseball and all those things that happen all your life. And now you guys are at a time where almost empty nesters, you know, at that 50 years old, and then all of a sudden comes on all of these hormonal imbalances to where you both have low libido, you both have low energy, you both have gained the weight and all that stuff.
[00:19:17.200] – Sam Ridgeway
And it becomes like you don’t even get to enjoy that time of your life that you really should be enjoying this, your freedom. Now you get to like get a second lease on life. So it’s so important, I think, for both of those people to check their hormones, get back into that. If you’re not feeling a hundred percent, you should just. Get that checked out, because you don’t have to live like that as a man or woman, so why don’t you talk about maybe some other factors that are just important to maintaining healthy and balanced hormone levels?
[00:19:49.310] – Kristen Letendre
Yeah, and I just to add to that, I just want to say, you know, it’s not a quick fix. I tell all my patients I’m not going to lie to you. It’s a trial and error. There is no one dose fits all. I don’t know how your body’s going to react. Another thing I wanted to mention, Sam, is stress. Stress is a huge factor when it comes to balancing your hormones because the stress hormones like cortisol and epinephrine, when you’re stressed, they go up to handle the stress of the physical, emotional stress, whatever it is.
[00:20:20.330] – Kristen Letendre
When they do that, your sex hormones go down. It’s an inverse relationship. So that’s why especially what I want to stress on your body, like anorexics, if they’re ovulating, they’re stressed that they’re probably going to bring their level down. First responders, police officers, military, they’re eating a sandwich one day and one minute and running after someone with a gun the next minute. So they’re constantly on this up and down and they’re burning through it and they usually have lower levels.
[00:20:52.130] – Kristen Letendre
So but besides all that, it takes a little bit all these factors you talking about your SHBG, if your estrogen dominant, you know, it’s not going to be a quick fix. And believe me, like I mean, this is why you started this. We truly want to help people. So, I mean, I think I get more excited when I when I alter the protocols and then they come back and talk, oh, my God, yeah.
[00:21:12.830] – Kristen Letendre
I feel so much better on my. Yes. You know, like I get excited for you because when you hit that sweet spot, it’s great. But it does take a little bit of time. And what drives me insane is some of these people that will just, you know, if you’re depressed, you’re complaining of these symptoms. I’m tired. I have weight gain. They will throw you a diet pill. They will throw you on an anti depressants.
[00:21:37.760] – Kristen Letendre
Oh, my joints hurt. They’ll give you NSAIDs that eventually you’re going to kill your liver. So what do they do? A visual person.
[00:21:46.250] – Kristen Letendre
But they just put a Band-Aid over the problem, not just balance the hormones. Same thing with if patients complain of, oh, I’m having hair loss or I’m having breast sensitivity. Oh, let’s increase your Anastrozole. Oh, let’s give you Propecia. Yes, some people might need that, but make sure the hormones are balanced first before you just start adding more medication when the simple thing could be just to balance them out and then the symptoms go away.
[00:22:17.480] – Kristen Letendre
So anyway, getting back to your question. Yes, besides balancing hormones, that’s only one part of the equation. You need to exercise. You need to eat right. You need to sleep well and try to relieve stress. And all of those things get better. When your hormones are balanced, you have more motivation, your metabolism improves, your sleep improves.
[00:22:39.350] – Kristen Letendre
So, again, you know,
[00:22:41.360] – Sam Ridgeway
I’ve heard irritability is a big one, too, because some of the men that have come to us and then we get the women on hormone replacement therapy, one of the common things that I hear is there’s less irritability, getting short, you know, like with with people. It’s women for the women. Yeah, the men. Let’s say their wives are like it’s like even keeled now, like, there’s not this up and down in this, you know, snapping at things are so it it’s just really level.
[00:23:10.790] – Kristen Letendre
Sam, I told you, I’m in the perimenopausal, you know, MONSOON’S So Haley has experienced the brunt of this. You never know what, Kristen, you’re going to get on the phone. It depends, you know, where I am. How is it going that month? So it’s a mess.
[00:23:25.550] – Sam Ridgeway
OK, so let’s say a woman says, you know what, I’ve got these things. I got the hot flashes, I’ve got the brain fog and the weight gain. I’ve got all of these things. What is it that I do about it? Like what I mean with Viking, you’re obviously come to Viking Alternative because Viking can help. You were well versed at this in a lot of people, a lot of clinics out there. Homer Cliffs overlook women.
[00:23:46.130] – Sam Ridgeway
They focus on men because women are a lot more there’s a lot more parts to women. The men are pretty easy, but a lot of clinics shy away from women because they’re complicated. But at Viking, we don’t. At Viking, we help people, women all the time. So what would be the process? I come in, I go to Viking, I’ll turn off dot com. I fill out a new patient form, I schedule consultation.
[00:24:06.290] – Sam Ridgeway
I get those labs with the labs. What is it that I’m going to be looking for in addition to just the standard panel? Is it SHBG? Am I going to do testosterone estrogen? What are some of those components that you as a provider would want to see? Are those labs well, besides your regular?
[00:24:22.460] – Kristen Letendre
Because I would like to see your CBC, CMP, see what’s going on there, lipids, because they’re all related. Yes, I would definitely total testosterone for a woman. I definitely would get an SHBG because like I said, so many women have high SHBG. Which is the problem right there. So you’re looking at a testosterone level that’s normal and they’re having symptoms, the reason is SBGH is so high. So that’s what I would get. And you can also get a progesterone level because an FSH and LH will show us where they are in their cycle.
[00:24:55.560] – Sam Ridgeway
And you can also kind of I can we can get you a lab req to LabCorp with all the appropriate. Parts that you want on it, right, I mean, we can we can get that done for you. So you do that, then they get into the consultation and then I mean, I’m not expecting to go through an entire consultation, but what are some of the things you might look for during that consultation to kind of guide you to the right way?
[00:25:14.880] – Sam Ridgeway
Is it you ask about the symptoms? Do you does she basically just tell you how she’s feeling? And from that, you can make a determination as to an individualized protocol for her because it is individualized, right?
[00:25:28.110] – Sam Ridgeway
With you. It’s not just stamp, stamp, stamp. This is what you get. So what kind of questions? Just a few. Like so you got a guide, someone. What could they expect when they call you up on the phone in a consultation?
[00:25:39.000] – Kristen Letendre
Well, I always get a full history, any kind of medical problems, because that plays a role, too. If you have you know, I had a woman that had – didn’t know it – and was hypothyroid and she was complaining that you couldn’t lose weight and she was looking for something to lose weight. I said, well, your thyroid off, so you need to fix that first. And then if you’re still having trouble with the weight, we can discuss something else.
[00:26:03.870] – Sam Ridgeway
So we can fix thyroid as well
[00:26:09.780] – Kristen Letendre
yes, we can. They should have an endocrine evaluation just because it is the thyroid. But yes, we do have supplementation for that also. And then you really do have to get a good history on how they’re feeling, exactly what symptoms they’re having. You know, are they having the symptoms of the estrogen dominance or are they having really poor sleep, which could be a progesterone issue? It’s when I was in medicine, the doctor always told me and I will never forget it.
[00:26:36.300] – Kristen Letendre
He’s like, listen to the patient. They’ll give you the diagnosis and they’ll tell you what’s wrong. And that’s what we do. We don’t rush people off the phone. We’re not people mill of patients. You have to listen to them and think, well, do I think they have more estrogen? Do I think they’re really deficient and progesterone? And I mean, obviously, the testosterone is they’re having the sexual issues. That’s usually the case. So and then you basically, like I said, trial and error.
[00:27:04.350] – Kristen Letendre
Try to see how it feels to follow up.
[00:27:08.150] – Sam Ridgeway
Now, are there any age restrictions or anything? I mean, what could I be 30 in this? You know, I need to look into this. I mean, is this more about symptoms that you’re experiencing rather than age? Because a lot of people like I’m 30, I can’t possibly be having any a hormone imbalance or, you know, I’m 80. I’m too are 70. I’m too far gone to have anybody work with me.
[00:27:29.630] – Sam Ridgeway
Are there any exclusionary age groups or is everybody that comes could they be helped? By hormone replacement.
[00:27:39.510] – Kristen Letendre
No, there’s really no I mean, I just said before, you can as early as like thirty five, you could start going through this perimenopause. I mean, there are exceptions to every rule. I don’t know if people in their 20s would women in their 20s would really need it. But once you hit your thirties, if you have any symptoms, it’s definitely a possibility.
[00:27:57.260] – Kristen Letendre
And absolutely, when you’re older, the older you get, your hormones aren’t coming back. You know, they’re not coming back. So if they’re gone they are gone and you’re just going to keep feeling worse, you should. Replace them before you get that old, because then you have a risk of having these highs and lows of whatever hormones you have causing issues, so you should be balanced before you get to your 80s and then continue it, OK?
[00:28:20.280] – Sam Ridgeway
Are there any medical. Type of things that you might have that would exclude you from looking into hormone replacement therapy, I mean cholesterol, some high blood pressure, I mean, cause a lot of people think, oh, I’ve got high blood pressure, I’ve got high cholesterol, you know, I’m not going to qualify for somebody to look at me and make this evaluation. Is there anything that is exclusionary in this hormone therapy thing? They come to us, we’re like, we can’t help you.
[00:28:46.430] – Sam Ridgeway
What would some of those things be?
[00:28:48.280] – Kristen Letendre
No, I don’t think there’s exclusions. I mean, if a woman has a history of breast cancer, I always like them to discuss it with their gynecologist, the oncologist, and see if they’re OK with it. And if you have high cholesterol, high blood pressure. Hormone replacement can actually help with that for all the reasons we said it lowers your cholesterol, it could lower your women, especially the lower your LDL, it’s your metabolism, the metabolism, which helps itself.
[00:29:20.930] – Kristen Letendre
But. You should have if you have those issues that are really uncontrolled, you should have a medical consult first. But is that a contra indication? No.
[00:29:32.420] – Sam Ridgeway
- All right, well, I mean, I think I’ve covered we’ve covered everything that we possibly could cover. I mean, we have to do like kind of an overview, because this is a really detailed subject and there’s no way you can fit into, what, 30 minutes, everything that you could possibly know.
[00:29:47.390] – Sam Ridgeway
But I think we’ve done and you’ve done an exceptional job of giving that overview and letting people know if these are the symptoms that you’re having, that hormone replacement therapy is something that you might want to look into. So is there anything else that you’d like to. ADD or. Are we good?
[00:30:06.530] – Kristen Letendre
I, I just think it’s and truly believe in it, it’s. Balancing yourself is really the key on every level to healthy living, and that’s what we do at Viking and we truly care about each patient.
[00:30:19.960] – Sam Ridgeway
Oh, there’s one question. I just came in to talk to you about health care. I do. We take insurance. That’s one of the questions that came through. And the answer is we don’t take insurance, but only because insurance companies are a pain. To work with , they frequently say this is an elective thing that you’re doing, it’s not necessary unless your values are so whacked out that so we are a self pay kind of thing.
[00:30:44.220] – Sam Ridgeway
But what Viking does is we actually price things at a price point to where most people can afford it even without insurance. So that’s why we shop some more says. I mean, just testimonials. So my health care system won’t even check my testosterone. Thank you, Vikki, for being there. This is Anna from Jersey. I’m on your protocol. You guys are game changers. So grateful for your company. Amazing what your website is. Another one that came through from Arvi Sealants, Viking alternative,com.
[00:31:12.470] – Kristen Letendre
So Viking, Vikingalternative.com. And then somebody else. Corra says, fantastic presentation, Kristen.
[00:31:21.980] – Kristen Letendre
Oh, thank you, Corra. OK, so I will just leave it there. I want to make this to lengthy. I want people to get the information they need, but not drag it out. So, Kristen, I sincerely appreciate this. I think we should do this again. And as we get questions coming in, we’ll bring up topics on women. So women ask questions, send an email to info@VikingAlternative.com, ask those questions and Kristen and I will be back and we’ll get those answered real time while you guys can actually ask those questions for us.
[00:31:47.630] – Sam Ridgeway
And someone else says, Kristen, you’re rocking this and wowza was they think you’re great.
[00:31:54.560] – Sam Ridgeway
So Kristen is one of them. There is another one, if you like to talk to women. Right, that you can speak to at Viking. But that doesn’t exclude the men that we have as our men on our medical staff because they’re extremely well versed with women’s protocols, too. So you can basically anybody you get it, Viking is going to be absolutely stellar. So, again, Kristen, I appreciate it. Thank you so much. And I think that’s a wrap.
[00:32:18.650] – Kristen Letendre
All right. Have a good night.
[00:32:20.810] – Sam Ridgeway
All right, thanks.
QUESTONS – FROM LIVELIKEAVIKING.COM/CHAT
[14 Jan 21 19:52:34]
Gina: Thank you!
[14 Jan 21 19:42:51]
Miklos Major DNP, NP-BC: Excellent Presentation
[14 Jan 21 19:40:28]
Miklos Major DNP, NP-BC: hay to talk with you about that
[14 Jan 21 19:40:07]
Miklos Major DNP, NP-BC: Nandralone is effective for polyarticular joint pain from arthropathy. However, there are contraindications to the utilization of Nandralone. Each person must be individually evaluated . We would be h
[14 Jan 21 19:38:52]
Miklos Major DNP, NP-BC: Hormone Optimization and Growth Hormone Secretagogues are important considerations for skin, hair and nails. Need to speak with the medical staff. we would love to help you.
[14 Jan 21 19:37:46]
Gina: [br]Will Decca help with the pain of my developing arthritis in my hands? Of not what will?
[14 Jan 21 19:37:14]
Gina: In the video you talk about cosmetic benefits of stabilizing hormones. What about add ons? What’s the best add ons for skin, hair and nails? I’ve heard of metformin and glutathione. Are those good?
[14 Jan 21 19:36:52]
Gina: Can a 70 year old woman needing a cain from muscle wasting develop enough strength to not need it anymore?
[14 Jan 21 19:32:04]
QUESTION: Kelly Ridgeway[br]Omg! Kristen you are rocking this- wowza! And you’re cracking me up! All SOOOO TRUE!!!
[14 Jan 21 19:31:24]
QUESTION: Cora Thaxton[br]Fantastic presentation Kristen…great questions Sam!
[14 Jan 21 19:31:06]
QUESTION: RV Seal[br]What’s your website???
[14 Jan 21 19:30:50]
QUESTION: Anna DeLuccia[br]Hola 👋 this is Anna from Jersey! I am on your protocol! You guys are game changers! So grateful for your company! Amazing![br]
[14 Jan 21 19:30:34]
QUESTION: Lori DeMucha[br]My Healthcare system wouldn’t even check my Testosterone levels. Thank you for being there for me Viking Team.[br]
[14 Jan 21 19:26:00]
Miklos Major DNP, NP-BC: Yes. Testosterone is prescribed for Women
[14 Jan 21 19:21:39]
Divina: I have an appointment tomorrow. I want to make sure my appointment is with Kristin. How can I do that? I have questions about my lab work. I want to work with a woman. I’m 62.
[14 Jan 21 19:12:12]
QUESTION: Athanatos[br]Do y’all prescribe testosterone for women?
[14 Jan 21 19:12:06]
Divina: My mother is experiencing short term memory loss at 82 yrs old. I want to avoid this if at all possible. How does this concern work into using HRT?
[14 Jan 21 19:09:12]
Robin: I have Kristin as consultant and am grateful ! I use aromatase inhibitors of chrysin, nettle root and tong Kat Ali, what r u thoughts?