Long distance running

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    Stasi

    Hi Julie-

    Thank you so much for sharing your situation. As a long distance runner myself I can appreciate your goal to complete a full marathon. That is awesome. As a dietitian and exercise physiologist I do think there is still the possibility that you could return to running with or without HRT. Generally speaking HRT does not alleviate menopause related weight gain, but it may help with joint pain. That being said the following lifestyle related strategies may be helpful in getting you back to your training:

    • Focus on increasing anti-inflammatory nutrients. This article, 'Joint pain and menopause: please pass the blueberries' has more info. 
    • Incorporate resistance training into your overall training plan. 
    • Allow time for recovery from workouts (maybe more than you have in the past) and include foam rolling, massage, mobility training or other modalities to enhance muscle and joint recovery.
    • Try Gennev's Vitality, a supplement formulated for specifically for women in peri and post menopause with nutrients that can support joint health and energy metabolism. 

    Working with one of Gennev's dietitians to get holistic support in getting you back to training is another great option to consider. Take a look at the different plans we offer and feel free to reach out with any questions. 

     

    Stasi Kasianchuk MS, RDN, CSSD, CSCS, EP-C
    Gennev Director of Health Coaching

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  • rdunsmoorsu

    Julie,

    This is Dr Rebecca, HRT can help with some of the joint pain we see with onset of menopause. It doesn't really help with weight loss, though it can halt to redistribution of weight that we see. At your age we might actually recommend a higher dose of hormone, such as a birth control pill, as sometimes the ovaries will "reawaken" and you still need contraception, but you'll also feel better with a higher level at this age.

    I want to make sure you have seen an OBGYN or endocrinologist familiar with ovarian failure. At 39 if you truly have POF it is worth taking HRT in order to protect your bones and CV system from early aging, at least until the more regular age of menopause. It is also good to have an evaluation to see if you have another cause for early loss of menses. 

    Stasi and her crew are a great resource for maximizing you health and exercise during menopause!

     

    All the best,

    Dr. Rebecca

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  • Julie

    Thank you so much, Stasi!

    Really appreciate your input, especially about anti-inflammatory nutrients! I am dreading osteoporosis, but there is also an inflammation component. It is encouraging to hear that I could still probably do some personal records in running!

    I will definitely consider consulting with dieticians. Many thanks again!

    Julie

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  • Stasi

    Happy to help, Julie. We would love to support you. Also, make sure to check out Dr. Rebecca's response as well.

    All the best,

    Stasi Kasianchuk MS, RDN, CSSD, CSCS, EP-C
    Gennev Director of Health Coaching

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