Statistics aren’t just for nerds. They provide a way for us to conceptualize the experience of large groups.
We like statistics because they can also be a source of relief. When we realize that we share a struggle with others, that we’re not alone, it’s just plain comforting.
These numbers also allow us to break out of our individual bubbles, and learn about the lives and experiences of others. That’s not too shabby either. Here is a list of some of the most surprising statistics we’ve discovered during our journey to provide hormone imbalance relief to everyone.
1. Most post-menopausal women struggle frequently with insomnia.
This is a big one. If you’re going through, or are on the other side of menopause, odds are that sleep has become an issue for you. Approximately 61% of post-menopausal women suffer.
The symptoms that indicate insomnia include: Taking longer than 30 minutes to fall asleep, waking up too early, getting less than 6 hours 3 or more nights a week, consistently feeling tired, and being preoccupied with sleep.
2. As many as 1 in 10 women will be diagnosed with PCOS.
Reports vary, but many studies show that upwards of 10% of women are diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) during gynecologic visits. This makes PCOS one of most prevalent hormone imbalance disorders among women of reproductive age.
3. Women often lose about 20% of their bone density in the years after menopause.
Bone density can take a hit in the 5-7 years following menopause due to the dramatic reduction in estrogen levels. We’re talking about one fifth of bone mass. That loss is considerable, and largely responsible for the increased likelihood for osteoporosis for women.
Steps can be taken to counteract this trend. Click here to read our article, “Bone Health and Menopause”.
4. 40-55% of young adults still deal with acne.
It was a nuisance in high school, and downright frustrating in college. But when acne sticks around into your 30’s it’s easy to think that something is wrong.
If this sounds like you, it may be a small relief to know that this situation is not abnormal. A variety of hormone imbalances and fluctuations leave many of us vulnerable to regular acne breakouts for decades beyond what you may expect, with clinical studies showing that for adults aged 20-40 acne prevalence is as high as 40-55%.
5. Most women are positive about menopause.
We’ll admit that this one caught us off guard. Here at Smoky Mountain Naturals, we work hard to help women overcome the symptoms and difficulties that so often accompany menopause. But most women are, apparently, not focused on the potential difficulties as much as the good parts of this natural stage of life. 80% of women report no loss of quality of life during menopause, and about 62% report that they are positive about it.
6. More than 1/3 of us are letting a lack of sleep impact our levels of HGH.
HGH (Human Growth Hormone) is produced while we sleep. This hormone is crucial during the years of development when it plays a key role in, get this… growth.
But HGH is also crucial for the health of fully grown adults. It encourages muscle growth, brain function, energy and metabolism, and tissue repair. Unfortunately, a study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 34.8% of adults are getting less than the minimum recommended 7 hours per night.
7. Women’s progesterone levels decline by about 75% in the years before menopause.
Progesterone gets less attention than estrogen in the treatment of menopause. But from the ages of 35-50 the average woman will see a 75% decrease in this crucial sex hormone. During the same 15 year period, estrogen will only fall about 35%.
Progesterone is an important part of a woman’s hormonal health, and a considerable factor in menopause. For those looking for relief from the symptoms of menopause, the answer is often supplementing this oft forgot hormone.
So what do you think? Did any of these stats surprise You?
Tell us about it or share your own surprising hormone info in the comments below!