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Posts published in March 2009

Gynecology & General Health

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Osteoporosis is a disease of thinning bones that predisposes women to fractures caused by low bone mass and disordered bone architecture.  10 million Americans are affected by osteoporosis, most of whom are women.  1.5 million fractures occur every year in those suffering from osteoporosis.  50% of women over fifty years of age will suffer an osteoporotic fracture in their lifetime leading to pain, disability and even death.  Hip fractures double the risk of death for women. Definitions Osteopenia – a bone density T-Score between -1.0 and -2.5 Osteoporosis – a bone density T-Score at or below -2.5.  Osteoporosis is a disease of…

LIFESTYLE CHANGES TO ASSIST WITH MENOPAUSAL SYMPTOMS

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Simple changes in lifestyle and diet can help control menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes. Avoid hot flash triggers like spicy foods, hot beverages, caffeine, and alcohol. Dress in layers so that clothes can be removed when a hot flash occurs. For vaginal dryness, moisturizers (such as Rephresh and Replens), and non-estrogen lubricants, such as Sliquid, Liquid Silk and Good Clean Love are available. Heart Health Recommendations When women reach menopause, they are at increased risk for heart disease. A heart-healthy diet and other lifestyle changes are important ways to control cholesterol and blood pressure levels. Heart-health recommendations include:  …