Do you have a community or support system to trust? Friends who visit you and look at you? Family to count on?
Otherwise, isolation and loneliness could be the cause of your health problems, especially if you have severe symptoms of perimenopause.
The link between poor health and lack of community has become clearer for scientists in recent years. More and more studies have linked mortality with social isolation. In fact, many functional medicine professionals address this problem when they treat a patient with a chronic illness.
How social isolation and loneliness deteriorate your health:
When a person suffers from loneliness, it increases the production of stress hormones and causes inflammation in the body. This inflammation increases the risk of heart disease, arthritis, type 2 diabetes and dementia.
Loneliness can also play an important role in your health as you enter your perimenopausal years. Why? Because it has a direct impact on hormonal levels.
Social isolation causes an elevation of the stress hormone, cortisol. A high concentration of cortisol alters other hormones in the body, estrogen and progesterone. And these two sex hormones have a great impact on our feelings, especially during perimenopause.
High cortisol causes an increase in estrogen in the body. A high level of estrogen, in turn, reduces progesterone levels.
This imbalance is a condition that doctors call estrogen domination. Estrogen mastery can lead to severe perimenopausal symptoms in 30-year-old women. For some, it can even begin at age 20.
The importance of friends and family:
If you suffer from social isolation and loneliness, this creates a lot of stress on your body, especially if you are a single parent. You need other adults in your life for connection and support.
Think about it. We are a tribal people after all. Humans have evolved in very close communities. We were supposed to work together, depend on each other when things get complicated and celebrate together when things go well. Living in a backpack helps us feel protected, safe and accepted.
If we lack community in our lives, it could have a direct impact on our physical and emotional health.
Therefore, it is extremely important to develop a community, or at least have some close friends, to help you restore your health.
When your body heals, you must also heal your heart and mind. Spending only a few hours a week with your loved ones can work wonders creating a happier and healthier life.