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(BPT) - A popular social media meme holds that “growing old isn’t for sissies.” Plenty of older women would probably agree with that sentiment as they cope with age-related issues specific to their gender, such as osteoporosis and increased risk of breast cancer. Yet the greatest health risk women face as they age is one society most often thinks of as predominantly affecting men: heart disease.
(BPT) - Fifty is a major milestone in a woman’s life: from physical changes, to becoming an empty-nester, to new homes or careers, it can be a time to re-focus on one’s self and gain a new sense of freedom. During this time, one change that women may not anticipate is postmenopause.
(NAPSI)—If you or someone you care about is ever diagnosed with breast cancer, there are three bits of good news you should know about:
(StatePoint) An often overlooked women’s health issue is currently affecting a number of women, including married women between the ages of 30 and 50, and straining their relationships.
(NAPSI)—When it seems like the weight of the world is on your shoulders, the answer may be—more weight...in a special weighted blanket, that is.
“I’ll accept what is. I’ll live for today. I’ll walk through the rainbow and add color wherever I can.”
(BPT) - Although menopause is a milestone event for an estimated 50 million-plus women each year, there is an increased focus on the topic during September, which is National Menopause Awareness Month. And while this topic previously was a taboo subject for many years - something women have been shy to discuss, even with their health care provider - today’s women are entering into a new generation and seeing a shift. Nowadays women are beginning to talk more about their menopausal concerns and their body changes, and they are becoming more educated on their treatment options.
(Family Features) With so many different choices in the vitamin aisle, many women find it difficult to choose the right ones to fit their personal needs.
(BPT) - With the hectic schedules that many women adhere to, it’s not surprising that many feel stressed out or overwhelmed. The responsibilities of juggling a career, a family and obligations as a wife and mother can be nerve-wracking, and for many women sex is not on their mind. While this lack of desire may be the result of the day’s stresses, in a number of cases it may be the symptom of a bigger issue.
(BPT) - Today in the United States, an estimated 50 million women have reached menopause, and most will spend at least one-third of their lives beyond their final period, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Nearly 80 percent of women in industrialized countries experience hot flashes or night sweats, which can start years before menopause and continue for five or more years afterwards. For many, hot flashes are more than a minor or occasional irritation—they can be severe and frequent enough to seriously affect quality of life.
Radiology Ltd. is joining with the National Osteoporosis Foundation to celebrate National Osteoporosis Month beginning May 1.
Warm weather and shorts season are well underway, and unless you’re a teenager, your legs may sport some of the telltale signs of aging; namely, varicose veins. Varicose veins can range from small spider veins to swollen, bulging and rope-like veins. Aside from their unattractive appearance, varicose veins can also cause discomfort and, in severe cases, health problems ranging from skin ulcers to blood clots.
As many as 5.5 million women in North America experience symptoms of endometriosis, a chronic gynecological disease that ranks as one of the top three causes of infertility in women.
As reported in the Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise, a moderate exercise program for 12 months reduces the levels of an inflammatory marker, the high sensitivity C-reactive protein or hsCRP, a well established risk factor for heart disease. It causes inflammation in the walls of arteries allowing cholesterol to build up and it can be ordered by any physician.
Getting into the swim of things, may have more in common with the legendary “fountain of youth” than just the water alone. Research shows that swimming regularly can improve mood and decrease risk of chronic illness. It’s also easy on older adults’ bodies, including joints and muscles. For older adults, regular swimming can even lower blood pressure, decrease disability and improve overall quality of life. For women past menopause, it can help improve or maintain bone strength. And, if you’re lucky enough to be swimming in a saltwater pool, the water is softer and easier on the skin.
We’ve all had days when we’ve felt down and nothing seems to go right. However, if those bad days outnumber the good and you can’t seem to shake the “blahs,” don’t minimize these feelings as just a “blue” period. Feelings of intense sadness, helplessness or hopelessness enduring for more than a few days and as long as several weeks — and begin to interfere with your ability to function on a daily basis — may be clinical depression.
Katie Gillaspy, M.D., is an obstetric and gynecologic physician who has joined the medical staff of Northwest Medical Center.
More than 6,000 women in America enter menopause every day.
Contributed photo, ‘Hot Flash Havoc’ is presented in Tucson Tuesday, Dec. 14.