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July 15, 2015

3 Lifestyles Changes That Increase Your Vitality During Menopause

Filed under: menopause,menstrual cycle,women — Tags: , , — Kcondon @ 9:00 am

Menopause

Menopause is a natural occurring phenomenon that affects all women once their ovarian follicles start to deplete. This causes the hormones estrogen and progesterone to fall low, while causing the follicle stimulating hormones and luteinizing hormones to increase as a result. This leads to erratic menstruation periods, which lead up to its complete cessation.  On top of this main symptom, menopause also causes a number of secondary effects, which begin prior to the final menopausal stage.

Menopausal symptoms are generally caused by low estrogen levels in the body, and can vary among women. Some women may not experience any other symptoms at all, except for a halt in their periods. Others, on the other hand, may be completely debilitated by these symptoms, which include the following:

Menstrual irregularity:   Irregular menstrual cycle may last up to four years, and may be manifested by long cycles that reach up to many months or short cycles that last just about two to three weeks. Around 10% of women do not experience irregularity but experience an abrupt cessation instead.

Sweats and hot flushes:   These are common symptoms that affect majority of women. Hot flushes generally affect the face, neck and chest and usually lasts for a few minutes. These symptoms can last for about four years for many women, but may continue on for as long as twelve years as seen in 10% of women.

Urogenital symptoms:  These symptoms include vaginal discomfort, dryness and recurrent urinary tract infection. Urinary incontinence may also be common among these women. These symptoms do not usually occur right away but often five to ten years after menopause.

Sleep disturbance:  A common symptom often reported by women, and may lead to irritability, mood swings, poor concentration and depression.

Mood swings:  Changes in mood include anxiety, depression, irritability, memory loss and poor concentration.

Loss of libido:  Caused by hormonal changes, particularly the decrease of estrogen and testosterone, and may also be brought about by vaginal dryness

How to Manage Menopause With These Lifestyle Changes

While menopause is a normal period in a woman’s physiological adaptation, it can be disturbing for many. Medication is not necessarily needed, especially if the symptoms are not severe. Most women are able to ease their symptoms by making several changes in their lifestyle and diet, which include the following:

  1. Making diet changes:  During menopause, the amount of calcium in the bones will decrease, mostly because of the reduction of estrogen hormones. Women who do not use hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may be at risk for developing osteoporosis. Following a balanced diet will help keep bones healthy by providing a good supply of calcium to the body. A good diet should include food from all food groups, including plenty of fruit and vegetables and a reasonable amount of low-fat dairy.
  2. Exercise:  Exercise, along with a healthy diet, plays a crucial role in making sure that one remains healthy before, during and after menopause. Menopausal women tend to lose muscle mass and bone strength, which can be circumvented by aerobic and strength exercises. Exercise may also help when dealing with mood swings and sleep related problems.
  3. Dealing with hot flashes and night sweats:  Hot flushes and night sweats can be eased by keeping bedroom temperature cool, especially at night, wearing light clothing and getting regular exercise. Stress can also cause hot flashes, so it helps to reduce stress levels and avoid potential triggers like caffeine, nicotine, alcohol and spicy food.

Managing Menopause With Medical Treatment

For symptoms that cannot be alleviated by lifestyle changes like diet and exercise, hormone replacement therapy may be considered. Hormone replacement therapy is an effective way to control menopausal symptoms, especially hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings and vaginal symptoms. HRT is usually recommended by a doctor whenever lifestyle changes and modifications do not take effect, and can be done in conjunction with diet and exercise for best results.

 

 

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June 1, 2015

Breast cancer recurrence and your weight…what you should know

Filed under: breast cancer,exercise,women — Tags: , — jpestano @ 9:00 am

bWith more than 69% of Americans now classified as overweight or obese, it’s clear that our weight is becoming a universal problem.  And with weight gain comes a host of other health issues that ride the wave, including Type 2 diabetes, arthritis, cardiovascular problems, and some cancers.

The hormone factor

For women, it has been shown that being overweight after menopause increases your risk of breast cancer and breast cancer recurrence.  When a woman goes through menopause, her ovaries cease to produce estrogen, and so the estrogen is then produced and stored in fat cells.  Women who are overweight or obese have a higher concentration of fat cells, thus higher concentrations of estrogen. Estrogen can cause hormone-receptor-positive breast cancers to develop and grow. 

For breast cancer survivors, being overweight can increase your risk of:

  • Breast cancer recurrence
  • Breast cancer mortality
  • Overall mortality rate (dying from anything rather than specifically breast cancer.)

Gaining weight after a breast cancer diagnosis can also increase these risks

Comparing apples to…pears

The link between extra weight and breast cancer can be a tricky one to navigate, but it is generally agreed that the time frame during which you gained the weight, and the location of the extra weight can affect your chances of developing breast cancer.  Weight that is carried around your belly (“apple shaped”) is thought to be more dangerous than extra weight around your hips and thighs (“pear shaped”).  And weight gained in adulthood appears to increase your risk more than weight that is carried over from childhood.  One study showed that women who gained 20 pounds or more after the age of 18 had a 15 percent higher chance of postmenopausal breast cancer, while women who had gained 55 pounds or more had as much as a 45 percent higher chance of developing postmenopausal breast cancer.

Ongoing studies are still examining the link between losing weight and reducing your risk of a breast cancer recurrence.  One study from the Nurses’ Health Study showed that losing weight and keeping it off for more than four years can decrease your risk of a breast cancer recurrence by more than 40%, and another study showed that weight-loss surgery decreases your risk by more than 83%.

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January 14, 2011

A High-Fat Diet a Day Equals Increase in Birth Defects

Maternal DietThe “what-not-to-do-during-pregnancy” list is growing.  Already on the list are alcohol, raw fish/meat,  cigarettes, smoked seafood, fish with mercury or fish exposed to industrial pollutants, soft cheeses, unpasteurized milk, pate, caffeine, and unwashed vegetables. However, a new study sponsored by England’s Welcome Trust and the British Heart Foundation shows women who take on a high-fat diet before and during pregnancy will increase the risk of congenital heart defects in offspring.

Congenital heart disease is a disease that results in a problem with the structure of the heart and is the most common type of birth defect. Defects range from problems with the walls of the heart to the arteries and veins near the heart. Congenital heart disease will disrupt the flow of normal blood to the heart. Women with diabetes or woman who are overweight or obese already have a higher risk for their children to obtain congenital heart disease.

Results from the research shows that genes of an unborn offspring can be affected by maternal diet. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, speak to your doctor to find out if you need to make any adjustments to your current diet.

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June 19, 2010

Goodbye Little Pink Pill

Filed under: women — Tags: , , , — Nicole @ 12:40 am

Little Pink Pill, Little Blue Pill For Women, flibanserin If you, like up to forty-three percent of the female population have found yourself looking for the female equivalent of Viagra, a German pharmaceutical company has recently developed a possible solution for hypoactive sexual desire disorder – a little pink pill called flibanserin, which has the potential to be the greatest thing since birth control for women. This drug is intended for prescription use, to increase the sex drive of premenopausal women by manipulating the serotonin receptors in the brain.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like there will be any little pink pills on the market anytime soon. After two phases of barely-successful clinical trials, where the flibanserin had a minute difference over the performance of placebos, doctors and drug reviewers worry that pharmaceutical companies are simply playing on the insecurities of women to make what is predicted to be over one billion dollars in profit. Several medical professionals have also stated that the risks of flibanserin – which was originally intended to be an antidepressant, do not outweigh the minimal benefits that this “enhancing” drug provides. During clinical trials, many women experienced depression, fatigue, and fainting among other side effects. The long term side effects of taking flibanserin have yet to be identified, which should be a prominent red flag for anyone who is thinking of taking any type medication.

The Food and Drug Association have yet to approve or disapprove the use of flibanserin for treatment of hypoactive sexual desire disorder, however, the future of the pink pill seems a little bleak. The FDA advisory council, a panel of medical experts, recently reviewed flibanserin and decided unanimously that the risks associated with flibanserin did not in any way overshadow the benefits of this libido-boosting drug.

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April 3, 2007

Acne and Diane 35

Diane 35 is used for the treatment of androgen-dependent diseases in women, such as acne, especially pronounced forms and those which are accompanied by seborrhea or by inflammation or formation of nodes (acne papulopustulosa, acne nodulocystica), androgenetic alopecia and mild forms of hirsutism. Diane 35 can also be used as a type of birth control in women with androgen-dependent diseases and for the treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome. The aim of treatment with Diane 35 is to block the peripheral action of male hormones commonly present in the female body.

Diane 35 contains two hormones: cyproterone acetate, a progestogen, and ethinyl estradiol, an estrogen. Cyproterone acetate halts the influence of androgens, and reduces the activity of the sebaceous gland which plays an important role in the development of acne and seborrhea.

While all birth control pills may decrease the production of androgens to some extent, only Diane 35 decreases the ability of androgens to bind to their receptors, improving signs of androgenization such as acne, seborrhea and hirsutism in women.

The recommended duration of treatment is at least several months, as improvement may not be observed until four or five cycles of use. Research has shown that within three to six months of therapy with Diane 35, acne can be improved and suppressed.

Recently there has been much publicity in Canada about a possible increased risk of blood clots with Diane 35 compared to other birth control pills. It is not clear if this risk is real or not. There are other nonandrogenic birth control pills that should work just as well. These include Yasmin, OrthoCyclen, OrthoTricyclen, OrthoTri Cyclen Lo, OrthoEvra (the patch), Desogen, Mircette and others. If you are using Diane 35, discuss with your doctor as to whether you should continue on it or change to another pill. The risk however for an individual is very small.

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February 22, 2007

Why women should take folic acid.

It is recommended that it is good to eat foods rich in folic
acid as folic acid has properties that are beneficial to our
health. What most of us are not aware of, however, is exactly
who needs to regularly consume foods rich in folic acid as well
as what exactly is the required amount of folic acid needed in
order for the body to reap the health benefits. There are foods
rich in folic acid, but many people do not know that by simply
changing your cooking method, you can retain high levels of
folate in your food.

If you are newly pregnant or you are planning to become
pregnant soon, you will benefit from consuming foods rich in
folic acid. If you are not pregnant yet and are only in the
planning stages, it is a good idea to begin monitoring your
folic acid intake. Ideally, pre-pregnant and pregnant women
need to have about 0.4 milligrams of folic acid per day. This
is according to the United States RDA, as they say that this
amount is ideal for promoting optimal health for mothers and
their unborn babies.

If you are a woman of child-bearing age, even if you are not
pregnant or planning to get pregnant, you need to consume foods
rich in folic acid. Folate-rich foods include green leafy
vegetables, seeds, nuts and poultry.

If you are taking prescription drugs, you should be aware that
the drugs you take can actually deplete folic acid present in
your body. Talk to your doctor or a medical practitioner about
your prescription drugs and how you can manage it together with
your folic acid intake.

It has been found in a number of studies that folic acid can
lower the risk of developing breast and colon cancer among
women. In addition, women who have increased intake of folic
acid before and after becoming pregnant have also been found to
have lower incidents of delivering babies with cleft lip and
palate defects.

Studies have shown that women who increased their intake of
folic acid up to two months after pregnancy lower the risk of
having babies with orofacial defects by 25% to 50%. Scientists
are still trying to determine the exact role of folic acid in
fetus development. What they do know, however, is that folic
acid lowers the risk of babies having spina bifida, heart
defect, anencephaly (underdeveloped brain and skull), cleft
palate or cleft lip.

Folic acid is a vitamin that people, particularly child-bearing
women, need. Incorporate foods that are rich in folic acid in
your daily diet. Doing so not only ensures your health, but the
health of your future child.

Causes of folic acid deficiency

  • Poor eating habits
  • Poor absorption
  • Increased requirements e.g. due to growth or pregnancy
  • Certain types of medication
  • Certain disease conditions
  • Alcoholism
  • Oral contraceptives (birth control pills)

Symptoms of folic acid deficiency

  • Poor growth
  • Smooth, red and painful tongue
  • Stomach and instestinal problems e.g. diarrhoea, constipation
  • No appetite
  • Fatigue / tiredness

Some foods that are high in folic acid

Meats

  • Liver (best source)
  • Chicken giblets
  • Kidney
  • Egg yolk

Legumes

  • Dried beans
  • Spilt peas
  • Lentils (dhals)
  • Soya products
  • Almonds
  • Nuts

Starches

  • Wholegrain breads
  • Wheat flour
  • Potato
  • Sweet potato

Fruits and Vegetables

  • Cabbage
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Beetroot
  • Banana
  • Oranges
  • Asparagus
  • Spinach
  • Peaches
  • Broccoli

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