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Are you experiencing hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, or trouble falling asleep? Did you know they could be symptoms of menopause?

Dr. Aleem Kanji is a hormone specialist that will take the time to understand your concerns and evaluate and manage symptoms of menopause, so you can feel your best.

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Your Hormone Health Can’t Wait Longer

You are experiencing hot flashes and trouble falling asleep.

You are busy balancing your work, family, and trying to find time for your health.

You should not have to experience seeing a doctor who doesn’t have the time to understand your concerns and goals.

Dr. Aleem Kanji is the endocrinologist and weight loss specialist that removed the interference of insurance to take the time to understand your concerns and goals.

Avoid suffering in silence from the symptoms of menopause.

Imagine: Leaving your consultation with a game plan. Hot flashes are improving. Less heat at night and sleeping better.

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What is Menopause?

Menopause is a natural transition experienced by women as they age, marked by the end of menstrual cycles and an increased risk for health issues. Menopause is formally defined by the absence of a menstrual period for 12 months.

It’s important to keep informed about potential changes in your body during this stage of life so that you can adjust accordingly throughout its duration.

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What Causes Menopause?

Menopause results from the depletion of ovarian follicles. As a woman ages, the number of ovarian follicles decline, leading to a decrease in the production of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. The decrease in estrogen, particularly estradiol, can result in symptoms of menopause (listed below).

In addition to natural aging, other factors can contribute to the onset of menopause, such as medical treatments that damage the ovaries (such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy), surgical removal of the ovaries (oophorectomy), or certain autoimmune disorders or genetic conditions that cause premature ovarian failure.

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Symptoms of Menopause

  • Irregular or absent periods
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Mood changes
  • Brain fog
  • Weight gain
  • Thinning hair
  • Vaginal dryness

Treatment Options for Menopause

Treatment options for women experiencing symptoms of menopause include:

  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT): The use of estrogen and sometimes progesterone to replace the deficient hormones. The safety and benefits/risks of HRT will be assessed for your personal situation and discussed by Dr. Kanji.

  • Non-hormone medications: Certain medications, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), can be used to treat hot flashes and certain other symptoms associated with menopause.

  • Lifestyle changes: Changes that can help with symptoms of menopause include incorporating soybeans in the diet, identifying and avoiding triggers that cause hot flashes, dressing in layers of clothing, staying hydrated, and regular exercise.

  • It’s important to talk to your endocrinologist to determine the best treatment options. The effectiveness and safety of different treatments can vary depending on your individual circumstances and medical history.

Frequently Asked Questions about Menopause

What is the average age of menopause?
The average age of menopause in the United States is about 51 years old.

When does the transition to menopause occur?
The transition to menopause begins on average 4 years before menopause.

What is the best diet for women in menopause?
Though there isn’t one particular best diet for menopause, there are several dietary components that can optimize a diet for a woman in menopause, including:

  1. Calcium: Menopause increases the risk of osteoporosis, which is a decrease in bone mass resulting in weak bones. Calcium, in combination with vitamin D, has been shown to reduce bone loss in postmenopausal women.

  2. Fruits and vegetables: In this meta-analysis, a higher consumption of fruits and vegetables was associated with a lower risk of death (mortality).

  3. Protein: Evidence suggests an increased requirement for protein as we age. The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for protein is 0.8g/kg body weight.

  4. Soy: Some studies suggest that soy products can reduce the frequency of hot flashes. Soy and certain other plant-based products contain isoflavones, which can be thought of as a plant estrogen. These are converted in the body to a molecule that acts on the estrogen receptors.

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Meet Aleem Kanji, M.D.

Aleem was born in Chicago and moved to Houston at a young age. He was raised in Houston and the suburb of Sugar Land. After graduating high school, Aleem attended Houston Baptist University where he completed a double major in Biology and Business. He ventured to west Texas where he earned his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

He returned to his hometown of Houston where he completed 3 years of internal medicine residency at the highly ranked Baylor College of Medicine. Aleem pursued his passion for endocrinology by completing a 2-year fellowship in adult endocrinology at Baylor College of Medicine, which included training at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Texas Children’s Hospital.

He is board-certified in:

  1. Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism
  2. Obesity Medicine
  3. Internal Medicine

In addition to working with patients and improving their experience, Aleem enjoys spending time with his family, being a girl dad, reading, listening to podcasts, and playing basketball.

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