Dr. Taz MD’s Weekly Q&A, October 9, 2013

Q: I am 36 and never had children, how do I reduce my risk of getting breast cancer?

My counselor and another physician experienced with ADHD told me that I have ADHD. Although I have not been formally tested. Both told me that sometimes-wonky hormone levels exasperate any ADHD symptoms.  

I am taking bio identical hormones. My hormone levels are good and I am tested often.  This has helped tremendously with the hot flashes/sleep issues but not the ADHD issues.  I am really curious about this and would like to hear your thoughts and experience with menopause and ADHD.

A: Maintaining hormonal balance and hormone detoxification are important in preventing breast cancer.  Pregnancy and breast feeding are opportunities to keep estrogen levels lower in women.  Monitoring your own estrogen levels while also getting preventive studies like thermograms and mammograms can help keep you informed of your active risks.  Following an estrogen detoxification diet and supplement like DIM, ensure proper estrogen breakdown.