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Menopause and Stomach Cramps: Things to Ponder

March 5th, 2007

Menopause is a transition stage in a woman\’s life when she stops menstruating for over 12 months continuously. When menopause sets in, the ovaries stop production of eggs, resulting in irregular menstrual activity that eventually ceases. Other hormonal changes occur and symptoms like stomach cramps, pain in the leg, irritability, mood swings, hot flashes and decrease in bone density accompany menopause. Menopause usually occurs between the ages of 40 and 55, and is a natural event in every woman\’s life. It comes with its own string of health issues, be they physical or emotional,... Read More

This Old Heart of Mine – Part II

March 5th, 2007

Now that it\’s still early in the New Year, many of you (me too) are determined to change your current lifestyle to one that is healthier. And the first move you may make toward that goal is to get to the gym/personal trainer/dance class/yoga or Pilates instructor or to the exercise equipment store. But hold it just a second – isn\’t there something important you\’re forgetting? In last month\’s column, Part I concerning your heart, I mentioned that if you haven\’t recently or ever had a physical exam, an EKG, and other cardiac tests your healthcare provider... Read More

Menopause and Acne: Not Much To Worry

February 12th, 2007

Menopause comes with changes, both emotional and biological. It is when a woman stops menstruating for over a year that she goes through menopause and there are many symptoms associated with this condition. Skin problems, muscle and bone weakening, hot flashes, mood changes and joint pains are some common complaints. Some women experience acne during this menopause period. Menopause and Acne: Causes Do not be alarmed if you witness acne during menopause, as it is quite common. Acne is linked with a menopausal woman taking HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) treatment. The HRT has progestin in the... Read More


February 1st, 2007

If several Baby Boomer women gathered together and were asked to name the one disease which is their greatest health fear, most would probably say breast cancer. But the statistics show that we should be just as, if not more, frightened of heart disease (coronary heart disease, or CHD). While 44,000 women will die from breast cancer this year, 500,000 will die of CHD, which is also the number one killer of both women and men. CHD ranks first among all disease categories in hospital discharges for women. And cardiovascular disease, which includes coronary heart disease, stroke, and other diseases... Read More

Menopause Allergies: All You Need To Know

January 10th, 2007

Menopause is said to have set in when a women stops ovulating and her period ceases. Menopause allergies are common with some women. Most women reach menopause between the age of 45 and 55 years and the average age for reaching menopause is around 50 years. However, 1% percent of women reach menopause before 40. Referred to as premature menopause, or premature ovarian failure, menopause brings with it a host of discomforts, including allergies from various allergens present in the environment. The immune system of menopausal women goes into disarray and many become susceptible to allergies during... Read More

Menopause and Irregular Menstrual Cycles: Rising Health Problems

December 13th, 2006

Periods, or menstrual cycles, typically start to change long before menstruation finally stops. Irregular menstrual cycles are a cause of concern for a lot of women. The changes in menstrual cycles vary. Some women have their menses occurring like clockwork their entire lives, while others discover that they can no longer predict their period date. Still others, who have always had irregular periods, find that their periods have started occurring in a timely pattern. Mostly the time between periods lengthens or shortens. Many women see similarities between their menstrual cycles during their forties... Read More

Integrative Medicine

December 7th, 2006

Integrative Medicine is becoming something of great interest to baby boomers. It offers a wide variety of treatments and options that are based on health, healing and prevention. What exactly is Integrative Medicine? Most people think that Integrative Medicine is simply the combination of complementary and traditional medical therapies. However, it is much more than that. Integrative medicine focuses on healing and wellness with the knowledge that the body has an innate ability to heal itself. The patient-provider relationship is extremely important in the integrative model, and it is... Read More

Menopause and Muscular Weakness: Prevention

November 14th, 2006

Menopause and muscular weakness is an inescapable fact of every aging woman\’s life and dealing with the accompanying symptoms is an achievable goal through proper health management. Menopause and the problems that come along with it is largely dependant upon a woman\’s genetic make-up, but equally responsible is the way she has led her life. Her lifestyle, family history and the amount of exercise, diet balance and emotional well being she has maintained, are all contributing factors that determine her possible menopausal issues. Menopause and Muscular Weakness: Causes The years... Read More

Seasonal Skin Care

November 14th, 2006

With the coming of colder weather, your wardrobe is not the only thing you should be adjusting. You may already have experienced the need to change more than just summer linens to wool sweaters. So what am I talking about already? Your skincare regimen. This may seem obvious to you. Colder weather causes the skin to dry out more, right? Of course. But you may have also noticed that as you\’ve gotten older, your skin feels drier than it used to – and all year long. That\’s definitely not just your imagination, but a fact of what happens as skin ages and the body loses estrogen.... Read More

Women\’s Health: Menopause and Leg Cramps

October 11th, 2006

Menopause occurs when the levels of estrogen and progesterone become less and menstruation stops completely for over a year. Among the common symptoms of menopause are irregular periods and hot flashes, mood swings, irritability, sleep disturbances, vaginal dryness and urinary tract problems. Menopausal women may also suffer stomach pains and leg cramps and some may suffer more, as compared to others, in terms of sleeplessness. Menopause and Leg Cramps Leg cramp pain during menopause can come on suddenly. It can be a shooting, sharp pain that can disturb your sleep, or wake you up. This pain may... Read More