Longevity Series: Berberine - Activate AMPK + Metabolic Health - In Field With Person Doing Yoga

How Berberine Might Trick Your Body Into a ‘Fasting’ State

How Berberine Might Trick Your Body Into a ‘Fasting’ State

Longevity Series: Berberine - Activate AMPK + Metabolic Health - In Field With Person Doing Yoga

Berberine is a natural compound (phytogenous alkaloid) sourced from various plants including the berberis shrub and goldenseal. Used medicinally for thousands of years in China and South Asia, berberine is gaining attention for its impressive metabolic health benefits such as slashing waist circumference and reducing blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure levels.

barberries - berberine fruit

How Berberine works

Berberine also touts another significant metabolic-regulating health benefit, its ability to mimic fasting. How? By boosting AMPK (AMP-activated protein kinase) production. This enzyme is a metabolic master switch that signals whether fat will be stored or burned and assists the body in burning stored fat as fuel.

Activating AMPK in this fashion is similar to the mechanism of action of fasting which happens by limiting cellular energy when food is not being consumed. The body is tricked into a fasting state. Other fasting-related benefits of berberine include:

  • Improved insulin sensitivity
  • Reduced inflammation levels
  • Weight management
  • Improved cardiovascular health
  • Cell rejuvenation and flushing of cellular waste (autogaphy)

Longevity series

Dr. Warner’s Berberine HCI supplement is sourced from the bark of Berberis aristata. It is part of her exclusive Longevity Series which was launched with the goal of reducing oxidative stress and promoting optimal aging.  The Longevity series combines products that work synergistically to slow aging naturally while also addressing our customer’s top concerns such as weight loss and brain health. All interventions, including medications, supplements, and surgery, will work best if combined with a healthy lifestyle.

This carefully curated line also includes:

Resveratrol
A powerful anti-inflammatory supplement that sustains metabolic health at the cellular level and combats oxidative stress. It supports DNA repair and insulin sensitivity. Reduces neuroinflammation that leads to age-related brain-related conditions.

NMN
NAD+ is one of the body’s most important molecules and plays a crucial role in regulating many biological processes. As we age, our levels get depleted leading to impaired DNA repair, aging, and lagging metabolic health.

NMN is a precursor molecule to NAD + and restores optimal levels in the body thus combating aging processes at a cellular level. When levels are ideal, metabolic health and muscle strength improve, DNA repair occurs and cell damage is reduced. Enjoy optimal aging naturally.

Dr. Meredith Warner Baton Rouge Orthopedic Surgeon
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation
older adults using yoga exercise balls

Easy Bodyweight Exercises to Reduce Joint Pain

Easy Bodyweight Exercises to Reduce Joint Pain

older adults using yoga exercise balls

 When you suffer from joint pain or stiffness caused by osteoarthritis or other inflammatory conditions, exercise often feels too burdensome.  However, staying active while managing joint pain is important to help ease discomfort and enhance overall well-being.  Exercise and activity are proven ways to reduce the pain of deteriorating joints.  Stronger muscles around joints are needed to lessen pain associated with them.

 

Exercise also helps promote synovial fluid circulation, a lubricating fluid inside joints that helps keep them flexible. This fluid acts as a cushion for joints and thickens in colder temperatures making joints feel stiffer in the autumn and winter. 

 

Bodyweight exercises are a low-impact way to keep moving and get your heart pumping, boost circulation, and nourish the synovial membrane. This gentle movement routine also flushes cellular waste from the body and offers many other health benefits.

Bodyweight Exercises

No special equipment or gym membership is needed to perform these exercises which use your body weight as resistance. It’s a reliable, easy way to strengthen your muscles and manage joint pain in as little as 10 minutes daily. 

Other benefits include:

  • Pain reduction
  • Improved balance
  • Increased flexibility and endurance
  • Minimize joint stress while exercising
  • Stabilize the muscles surrounding the joints

Here are 5 simple bodyweight exercises to promote joint health, tame inflammation, and facilitate a more active and pain-free lifestyle. Perform two sets of 8-12 reps up to two times daily.  It goes without saying that you should check with your treating physician prior to starting any exercise routine. Start with a few of these exercises and remember to do some gentle stretches or a brisk walk as a warm-up.

Wall Push-Up

With your hands shoulder-width apart, press your body against the wall and do a push-up. This gentle exercise strengthens the chest, shoulders, and arms without straining the joints.

Calf Raises

Stand on a flat surface with your feet hip-width apart. Hold onto a countertop or balance bar for support. Raise your heels as high as possible and lower back down. Strengthens and stretches calf muscles and improves ankle stability.

Arm Circles

This easy exercise can be done sitting or standing. It helps improve the range of motion in the shoulders and boosts circulation. Stretch your arms straight out to the sides, make small circles, and gradually increase the size of the circles as tolerated.

Partial Squats

Standing with your feet hip-width apart, bend your knees slightly, and perform a shallow squat. Hold for 30 seconds or as long as tolerated, and rise back to standing. Helps stabilize the knee joint and strengthens the quadriceps muscles.

Glute Bridges

On a firm surface, lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Lift your hips off the ground and squeeze your glutes for five seconds, repeat. Perform regularly to strengthen the glutes, hamstrings, and lower back muscles.

Joint Health Supplements

Dr. Meredith Warner’s complete supplement line features an array of products for enhanced daily living. Here are a few of her hand-selected choices for optimal joint health.

Super Omega-3 Softgels: 

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for overall wellness. Fatty fish such as salmon, flaxseeds, and walnuts are all good sources of Omega-3. But we rarely get enough of this powerhouse anti-inflammatory through diet alone.

Supplementing with Omega-3 helps combat low-grade inflammation, and relieve joint pain, stiffness, and swelling. It touts the added benefits of boosting blood flow to the brain, staving off age-related cognitive issues, and improving mental outlook.

Joint Health Multi:

This unique, highly absorbable formula contains the most effective and scientifically backed pain and inflammation-fighting ingredients such as Tumeric and Ginger Root Extract. It also includes PEA (palmitoylethanolamide) , a natural pain-relieving fatty acid that our bodies make. Scientific studies revealed its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and neuroprotective qualities. 

Joint Health Multi is an alternative to NSAIDs that can damage the liver and stomach lining. It eases joint pain and inflammation and increases mobility with activities of daily living.

Dr. Meredith Warner Baton Rouge Orthopedic Surgeon
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation
unhealthy food for metabolic health

The Worst Types of Foods For Your Metabolic Health

The Worst Types of Foods For Your Metabolic Health

unhealthy food for metabolic health

The foods you choose to eat influence your current and future metabolic health. Following diets like the Mediterranean Diet, that focus on whole foods as opposed to processed foods, can improve your health drastically. Nutrient-dense foods provide the vitamins and minerals your body needs to reduce risk of disease, repair tissue, fight infection, produce appropriate hormone levels, and encourage muscular and bone growth.  Food dramatically affects all cellular physiologic processes and really is like a medicine. 

The Mediterranean Diet, when utilized as a way of eating and living, as opposed to a restrictive diet, enables you to feel more in control of what you eat, while enjoying time with family and friends.  Because this particular way to eat is so filled with dietary fiber, phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals and other micronutrients naturally, it is difficult not to become more healthy, feel better and have less pain.  In addition, most people that adhere to this type of eating pattern lose weight without thinking about it.  

While the focus of the Mediterranean Diet is not necessarily restricting how much you eat, there are certain types of foods you’ll want to avoid in order to safeguard your metabolic health.  Dr. Warner is not a fan of calorie counting, rather, she is more concerned with the quality of the food that one consumes.  

 

And remember – your long-term health is more about what you eat consistently, not the outlier meals that may not align with your typical eating habits. 

So, will the occasional burger hurt you? Probably not. But we certainly don’t recommend that!  If you must eat a burger, try to make sure it was made from grass-finished beef and is not filled with pink slime and/or added nitrates, sodium or food coloring.  

Will the occasional vegetable make you healthy? Definitely not.  But one vegetable is better than no vegetables.  

We’ve put together a list of types of foods that are harmful to your metabolic health. As you read through this list, make a note of any of these foods you eat on a regular basis. 

#1: Sweet Tooth

Let’s get this one out of the way. Sugar, in all forms, is unhealthy. Your body breaks sugar down in the same way, regardless of how it presents. Whether your sweetener is an added sugar, lactose in milk, honey, fruit, or anything in between, it still turns into glucose, galactose, or fructose once digested and broken down into smaller sugar molecules. 

 

High levels of sugar definitely leads to chronic inflammation, which can lead to various chronic diseases like arthritis, diabetes and more. Eating too much sugar can also lessen the body’s ability to break down sugar, damaging specific organs like your liver.  The liver will become overwhelmed with too much sugar and then begin to deposit fat into itself when it can’t process it into glucose.  

As we mentioned, eating too much sugar can lead to chronic diseases that impact your overall health and quality of life. Some of these diseases include:

Female Hands Hurting

Arthritis

Arthritis can be a painful, degenerative disease that is linked to higher levels of chronic inflammation. If you consume too much sugar on a regular basis, you’ll likely increase your inflammatory markers, making you more susceptible to the various forms of arthritis.

Checking Blood Sugar With Diabetes

Type-2 diabetes

Type-2 diabetes is the result of an increased insulin resistance, due to high blood sugar levels over time. It’s estimated that more than one in three adult Americans have prediabetes - and 80 percent aren’t even aware they have it.

Man Grabbing Chest in Pain

Heart Disease

Even if you’re not overweight, you’re still susceptible to an increased risk for heart disease when consuming consistent amounts of added sugars. When your blood glucose levels are too high, it can lead to increased liver fat, which can in turn, lead to higher levels of triglycerides and cholesterol and then, increased blood pressure.

If you’re not sure how much sugar you’re consuming, we’d recommend checking food labels and looking up how much natural sugars can be found in the whole foods you’re consuming – like fruit.   But, eating fructose in the form of a whole fruit also comes with a significant amount of fiber.  This slows the absorption of glucose and also allows some of the fructose to move deeper in the gut and feed your biome.  It is always better to eat the fruit and skip the juice.  

 

While it’s ideal to cut out added sugars, and keep natural added-sugars to a minimum, we understand this can be difficult. So, if you know this is an issue you’ll face, we’d suggest starting with attainable goals, like cutting out soda. Then, as time goes on, remove more and more of the sweets that can tempt you. Another way to start is to avoid sugars at night for a start.  

bag of wheat flour

#2: Wheat Flours

If you’re a bread lover, we completely understand, but wheat flours can be harmful for your overall metabolic health. What exactly is wheat flour, you ask? Well, we are specifically speaking of manufactured, processed, and refined flours. If you are making your own flour at home with the entire wheat kernel, this part is not relevant to you.

Not to be confused with whole grains, processed wheat flours lack the nutrients associated with the whole grain. When they’re milled and processed for things like store-bought bread or cookies, the germ and bran are removed, leaving you with a flour that lacks fiber, fat and other natural nutrients. Furthermore, the remnants are bleached and processed under high heat. This is not generally considered ‘natural’. This is a simplification of the complex processing of wheat into what we know as ‘enriched, bleached, white flour’.

This means that those flours labeled, bread flour, pastry flour, all-purpose flour, cake flour and yes – even whole wheat flour, are not conducive to a healthy diet.  These completely lack dietary fiber in any meaningful amount.  This means they have turned from whole grains into refined carbs.

When making whole wheat flour, some of the fiber is added back after milling, to help slow digestion – but it still digests quickly, leading to a spike in blood sugar levels.  There is not nearly as much fiber in most whole wheat flour products as there would be if you milled the entire wheat kernel yourself.

Foods that are high in blood sugar levels, or have a high glycemic index (GI) are linked to an increased risk of Type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

You may not even be aware of how much refined flour you’re consuming, especially if you’re eating mostly packaged or premade foods.

We recommend checking labels to get to the root of what you’re eating. Alternatives to refined wheat flour, like almond, hazelnut, or coconut flour can have a smaller effect on your blood sugar levels (due to higher levels of fiber). However, it’s important to track your blood sugar levels and monitor your own body’s response to these alternatives, because they can still lead to spikes in some people.

#3: Highly Processed Foods, aka Cheetos

You’ve likely heard the term “processed food”, but it may still feel like an idea, as opposed to something you can describe or point to in a grocery store.
When we talk about processed foods, we’re talking about the majority of food in grocery stores today. We’re looking at the freezer aisle, cereal aisle, snack and junk food aisle and the frozen section. These areas, all of the store just about contain highly or ultra processed foods that include sweet drinks, or anything that contains very little or no whole food ingredients.

These foods have been processed to the point where they lack nutrients, and contain high levels of sugar, fat, salt and other additives or preservatives. Ultra-processed foods also typically contain refined flour and added sugar. In fact, many have hidden sugars to induce cravings of the food; this is true even for salty foods. Ultra-processed foods are deconstructed and engineered actual food into what appears to be food but is not. Saying ultra processed items are food is like saying a stick-built house is really a tree. Sure some components of a tree might be in the structure of that house, but the house is definitely not a tree and will never be able to become a tree again. Sort of sad really.

If the additives and preservatives common to such food products, like refined flours, can improve their shelf life, or make yogurt key-lime green, then imagine how they affect your body. Anything that can last for years on a shelf is likely not completely natural.

The majority of these foods are found in the middle aisles of almost every grocery store. So, let’s take a second, close your eyes, and imagine walking inside your favorite grocery store.

You want to stick to your healthy and carefully curated list of vegetables, whole grains (not refined products), fish, chicken, beans, and whatever else you have planned. But, when you pass through those automatic double doors, air conditioning hits your face, you grip your grocery list tight, and try to fight back temptation. You’re accosted by the smell of fresh bread (we already talked about what flour actually is), bakery sales, and a stack of soda packs.

It can be difficult to resist these sales tactics, but if you stick to the outer edge of the grocery store (treading carefully past the bakery), then you’re already doing better than most.

A word of caution – when you approach the deli, we encourage you to avoid deli meats, hot dogs, bacon and other processed red meats. Whether processed or unprocessed, red meat has a high association with Type-2 diabetes in many studies. That said, the processed red meats are much worse than unprocessed and grass-finished red meats. Also, the studies that we mention did not take into account the way the beef was produced.

different cooking oils lined up

#4: Let’s Talk About Oil (Add fatty acid table)

Picking out the best oil for your recipes and health, can be a little overwhelming. One thing to keep in mind on your search is to avoid most refined and seed oils. These oils contain high levels of omega-6, which is associated with poor metabolic health. Likewise, the processing of many seed oils renders them less than healthy and ultra processed.

Omega-6 is commonly found in linoleic acid, which you may have heard was essential for health, but the medical community is beginning to question this concept, because it can lead to insulin resistance, increased levels of inflammation, and increased appetite when consumed consistently. Omega-6 fatty acids also contribute to the stiffness of tissues.

Oils that contain higher levels of linoleic acid include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Canola oil
  • Corn oil
  • Peanut oil
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Walnut oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Safflower oil
  • Sunflower oil

We recommend avoiding these oils as much as possible. They can be found in processed or fast foods, or listed in certain recipes. However, these oils can be replaced by healthier oils like olive oil, avocado oil, or coconut oil in most recipes. Dr. Warner is a big proponent of extra virgin olive oil in your cooking, for many reasons including its antioxidant benefits.

woman eating fast food burger

#5: What Goes Into Fast Food?

Since you’re taking the time to evaluate what goes into your food at home – it’s time to point to our final food type that contributes to poor metabolic health: fast food.

Fast food is ultra-processed, meaning it contains nearly every (if not all) features listed above.

They contain refined wheat flours, unhealthy fats, high levels of sodium, and added sugars. These foods have the high potential to be addicting, sending you back for more over time. Worse, the cooking oils are not the highest of quality and are used over and over and over again.

 

The combination of these factors leads to poor metabolic health, and can result in the diseases we went over in the beginning: arthritis, diabetes and heart disease.

If you can avoid these main food types, you’ll be doing your long-term metabolic health a favor. You can also encourage your overall health and longevity by exploring Well Theory’s Longevity Series.

This series features Berberine – a natural supplement that is as effective, if not better than prescription drug Metformin in increasing insulin sensitivity and potentially improving all five markers of metabolic health. Supplementing Berberine, alongside a healthy diet and exercise can help you function better, longer.

Dr. Meredith Warner Baton Rouge Orthopedic Surgeon
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation
Your Essential Guide to Tart Cherry Extract with Meredith Warner, MD

Your Essential Guide To The Tart Cherry Extract

Your Essential Guide To Tart Cherry Extract

Your Essential Guide to Tart Cherry Extract with Meredith Warner, MD

A Powerhouse Supplement For Muscle Recovery & Inflammation Support

Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Meredith Warner, LOVES TART CHERRY! She developed these tart cherry supplements for those looking for natural pain relief without NSAIDs and recovery for overused muscles and joints.

Daily Recovery For Joints, Muscles & Inflammation.

  • Pain-Relieving: promote muscle health and recovery with daily supplementation
  • Antioxidant-Rich: increase antioxidant capacity and fight off free radicals
  • Inflammation-Reducing: block the same anti-inflammatory enzymes as over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Gout? Arthritis? Intense Workouts?: This is your go to supplement for relief and recovery
  • Support Exercise Performance: Helps promote healthy blood flow

Tart Cherries are packed with anthocyanins! Anthocyanins possess antioxidant properties and offer powerful support for promoting rapid muscle recovery. These are completely natural molecules found in some colorful fruits that provide amazing benefits for the human system.

“I learned about Tart Cherry a decade or more ago. Tart Cherry is an awesome basic anti-inflammatory and it reduces oxidative stress. Today, most of our chronic diseases in the Western world - Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Connective Tissue Disorders, Autoimmune Disorders, Pain, and Osteoarthritis - a lot of these are really caused by the lifetime accumulation of low-grade chronic inflammation and oxidative stress.”


I started waking up with swollen fingers on both hands. I could hardly bend my fingers. I don’t know what suddenly caused this. I read about the Tart Cherry Extract and decided to give it a try. I am no longer experiencing swelling in my fingers. I take one capsule in the morning after breakfast and one in the evening before bedtime. I’m a believer!

-Deb P.

I have extensive arthritis throughout my body- but especially bone on bone knee pain. I have been through the gamut of treatments the Dr’s can give me, with them calling for knee replacement. But since Taking the Tart Cherry the pain, knee giving out, and swelling have disappeared. I actually went off it for a few months just to see what would happen- and of course eventually all the disabling facets re-presented themselves, and once again disappeared once I began taking the Tart Cherry again. I will never be without it again! It makes all the difference in my mobility and quality of life. My disabling hand arthritis issues have disappeared as well.

-Jacqueline C.


I use both of these supplements for osteoarthritis in my hip which has become increasingly more painful and limiting my mobility. The pain was throughout my hip, groin, leg and foot making it difficult to walk very far or sleep. After 2 months of these products, the pain in my leg is gone and my mobility is better. I will stop my prescription anti-inflammatories and continue with these supplements.

-Sandy R.


I love it. It really helps my inflammation.
After 3 months. I went to my dr. Had my inflammation levels tested.
They were down to a good level. He was pleased. I’m sad But,I just can’t afford it on a regular basis. Great product.

-Jacqueline G.

Helping with inflammation in the lower legs. Helps keep Gout away. I love it for that reason.

-Debra C.


So far it has been good. Bought it mainly for help with inflammation; I have not had to take as many aspirin or painkillers since I started on it. The greater thing about it though is I’m sleeping so much better! Have stopped my melatonin completely and am getting a good night full of restful sleep!

-Catherine S.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Is Tart Cherry Like An NSAID?

A: Tart cherry extract acts on the COX2 enzymes, but it is not an NSAID. It acts like an NSAID, but does not have the same side effects as NSAID pain relievers. These natural medications work in a more gentle manner and without the large and aggressive single molecule effects of an NSAID.

An NSAID is a synthetic non-steroidal anti-inflammatory.

COX2, which tart cherry acts upon, is just an enzyme along the inflammatory pathway.

Q: How Much Can I Take Each Day?

A: There is no known upper limit for Tart Cherry. Dr. Warner recommends taking 1-2 capsules a day (1500-3000mg). It’s best to pay attention to how your body responds. As always, check with your physician if you have specific questions about your body.

Tart Cherry Being Poured Into Hand

Q: Can’t I Just Drink The Juice Or Eat The Cherries? Is there Really A Difference?

A: To consume about 80mg of anthocyanins (the plant compounds in tart cherries that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects) you would have to consume about 100-120 cherries. This is typically supplied by 16 to 24 ounces of a tart cherry juice blend, one ounce of liquid tart cherry juice concentrate, or 400 mg of tart cherry juice concentrate in tablets or capsules. To get the same amount of anthocyanin intake from a concentrated product, like our capsules, you only have to consume about 400mg of tart cherry extract. Drinking fruit juice exposes you to very high levels of concentrated fructose and this should be avoided.

Our Tart Cherry extract capsules contain 1500 mg of extract!

cherries and cherry juice

Q: How Does Tart Cherry Help With Gout?

A: Cherries and cherry juice relieve gout, which is caused by uric acid crystals in the joints; the same uric acid that may can cause kidney stones. Tart cherry juice is high in potassium, antioxidants and anthocyanins, chemicals that prevent uric acid from forming into crystals. The anthocyanins allow the mitochondria to function more efficiently and remove fructose from the bloodstream prior to its conversion to uric acid. The flavonoid also reduces the activity of xanthine oxidase, an enzyme in the pathway to create uric acid.

Q: Does Tart Cherry Really Help With Sleep?

A: Tart Cherries are a natural source of melatonin, a popular natural sleep aid. Our Tart Cherry Extract Supplement contains about 0.1mg of melatonin per serving.

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Dr. Meredith Warner Baton Rouge Orthopedic Surgeon
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation
menopause joint pain

Why Does Menopause Cause Joint Pain

Why Does Menopause Cause Joint Pain

menopause joint pain

Menopause is a natural part of a woman’s lifecycle when the body no longer menstruates. Menopause is defined once the body has not had a period for 12 months. During this time the body goes through many unpleasant changes which can increase the chances of experiencing joint pain. These changes are normal and natural, but the discomfort can be managed. This is common and presents in about 50% of postmenopausal women. The fingers, shoulders, and knees are most commonly reported as sites of joint pain. 80% of the patients from one hand clinic in London were postmenopausal women.

Menopause & Hormones

During menopause and postmenopause, your ovaries slow down the production of estrogen and progesterone. The ovaries are the main production factory of these two hormones. Other parts of the body normally produce smaller quantities of these hormones.

How Hormones Affect the Joints

Lower levels of estrogen and progesterone have been linked to increased inflammation and an increased risk of developing osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. No direct link has been defined yet; however, there does appear to be some type of link between these joint conditions and reduced levels of these hormones. Many studies are ongoing, but overall estrogen is considered protective of the musculoskeletal system. There are estrogen receptors found not only in bone, but also the synovial lining of joints.

It is believed that about 50% of women aged 45-65 experience menopause-related joint pain. Your joints are a complicated and intricate combination of bone, cartilage, muscle, ligaments, and other soft tissues. Each joint has neural connections to and from the brian and surrounding tissues that allow for movement through life. These joint tissues contain estrogen receptors that can become more sensitive and experience more friction with a lack of estrogen. This occurrence has also been observed in those who take estrogen-blocking drugs called aromatase inhibitors most commonly prescribed for breast cancer treatment. (Aromatase is an enzyme that converts peripheral testosterone into estradiol.)

In the Women’s Health Initiative long-term study, estrogen was examined as it pertains to joint pain. In a group of nearly 11,000 postmenopausal women with hysterectomies, estrogen was found to reduce complaints of joint pain. This result was considered modest and sustained. The most likely reason that estrogen helps is by reducing overall inflammatory levels. Estrogen also reduces cartilage turnover and potentiates cartilage repair. Estrogen is also beneficial in that it enhances pain modulation pathways involving the brain. Estrogen receptors exist within the nervous system and are involved in perceptions of pain. Management of symptoms with hormones is dose-dependent and changed by a variety of factors. It is important to involve a knowledgeable expert.

Managing Your Symptoms

Lifestyle changes can help reduce your menopausal joint pain symptoms. Keeping your body in its most optimal state of health through regular exercise and a healthy well-balanced diet will give your body the best building blocks to keep your bones and joints strong and healthy. This is the most proven and safe technique for symptom control after menopause. However, sometimes replacement therapy is appropriate and successful. Speak with your MSK physician and/or regular doctor about such options.

Omega-3 fatty acids are building blocks for cell membranes & needed to help you age optimally.

Once Omega-3s become a large enough part of the human cell membranes, it can lead the inflammatory pathway to a more healthy and anti-inflammatory product group.

The best way to fill in the gaps of your diet is with a daily multi that contains only the essential nutrients.

Our collection of vitamins and minerals supports a healthy immune system, tissues, cartilage, nerves, bones, and joints.

These capsules can help fortify your bones, promote collagen formation, and assist in wound healing.

Dr. Meredith Warner Baton Rouge Orthopedic Surgeon
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation