episode #167

Menopause And The Brain


Episode 167: Menopause And The Brain

Understanding the changes in the brain before, during, and after menopause. Discussing the structural and metabolic changes that happen during menopause. As well as what you can do to protect your brain.

Referenced Article – https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-90084-y.pdf

Chronic Cardio – https://better-with-dr-stephanie.simplecast.com/episodes/geeky-magic-chronic-cardio-PfBmncuA

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Episode Overview:

  • 0:30 Introduction
  • 5:12 Discussing The Paper
  • 8:12 Structural Changes
  • 10:48 Metabolic Changes
  • 12:45 Grey Matter Volume
  • 17:14 White Matter Volume
  • 18:30 Energy Metabolism
  • 20:30 Brain Health
  • 22:36 Methods for BDNF Growth – Fasting, Sleep, Ketosis
  • 24:00 Metabolic Health and Ketogenic Diet
  • 26:17 Keto Flu
  • 28:58 What Can You Do?


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