The Study was Flawed: Why Women Should Rethink Hormone Therapy

A friend of mine was telling me recently about her menopausal symptoms. The hot flashes were getting to her, and the mood swings were no fun either. I asked her if she had considered hormone therapy (HT), and she gave me this look—you know, the kind that seems to say, …

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Too Hot to Sleep? Severe Hot Flashes Linked to Greater Risk of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Early diagnosis important to control risk of heart disease, stroke, depression, and death Source: The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) Many menopausal women complain about poor sleep. Should the problem be blamed simply on menopause or on a more serious underlying sleep disorder such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)? What, if …

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7 Simple Ways Women Can Fight the Middle-Aged Spread

Are your jeans fitting a little tighter? Have you noticed more flesh hanging over the belt-line? If so, you may be suffering from what is often called the “middle-age spread.” And no, it’s not all your fault. There are definite changes that occur at middle age that compel the body …

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Menopausal? Anxious? It’s Normal—Here’s What to Do

Ellen was getting frustrated. She had felt “off” for going on a year-and-a-half. It was hard to pinpoint her symptoms at times, but they included things like brain fog, difficulty sleeping, and changing appetite, so she figured she was going through the early symptoms of menopause. She was about the …

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Menopause: New Research and Developments

An e-card from Someecards reads, “’Menopause really isn’t that bad,’ said no woman ever.” Another one says, “Oh, I understand it now…Menopause is just puberty’s evil older sister.” We laugh because we know it’s true, whether or not we’ve experienced “the change.” New research and developments in understanding menopause and …

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Protect Your Heart Before Menopause

What’s the number one cause of death in American women? If you guessed cancer, try again. Contrary to popular opinion, cardiovascular disease kills more women than all cancers combined. What’s even scarier is that the majority of cardiovascular events occur after menopause, because that’s when a woman’s risk rapidly increases. …

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Treat Your Menopause Symptoms with Soy

Some women try soy as a first line of defense when menopause symptoms first begin. A type of plant estrogen, rich in isoflavones, soy has certain estrogenic effects in the body. In animal studies as well as a few small experiments involving humans, adding soy to the diet appears to …

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What’s the Best Way to Relieve Hot Flashes?

My mother told me about these things. She suffered from them pretty regularly through her first several years of menopause. We tend to laugh at them. I’ll never forget Robin Williams in the cooking scene from Mrs. Doubtfire. Dressed as a woman, leaning over the hot cooking pots, he set …

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What is Cardiovascular Disease?

Common cardiovascular diseases include a narrowing and hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), chest pain that happens when not enough blood is getting to the heart (angina), heart attack, and stroke. High blood pressure (hypertension) is a strong risk factor for cardiovascular disease and stroke. Many women think, wrongly, that only …

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The Best Natural Remedies For Hot Flashes

Today’s forecast, hot and humid! That can apply to more than the weather if you’re perimenopausal and experiencing hot flashes. Karen Giblin, president and founder of Red Hot Mamas,™ a menopause management education program, has these recommendations on keeping cool by day and sleeping well at night. Dress lightly. Light …

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