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Bad Hot Flashes, Sleep Apnea Often Go Together

Posted 1 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 1, 2017 – As if severe hot flashes alone weren't enough of a problem for menopausal women, a new study finds these symptoms may also be tied to a greater risk for sleep apnea and related heart issues. The study included nearly 1,700 middle-aged women, about 25 percent of whom were at intermediate or high risk for obstructive sleep apnea – for instance, they generally were older, had higher levels of body fat and had high blood pressure. Compared with women who had mild or no hot flashes, those who reported severe hot flashes were nearly twice as likely to have obstructive sleep apnea, the researchers found. In sleep apnea, pauses in breathing or shallow breathing prevent a person from getting a good night's sleep. Sleep apnea has been linked to a significantly increased risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, depression and early death, the study authors ... Read more

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Skinny in 20s, Earlier Menopause Later?

Posted 26 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 26, 2017 – Young women who are underweight may have an increased risk of early menopause, potentially jeopardizing their health, a large new study suggests. The study found that those who were underweight in younger adulthood were 30 percent more likely to go through early menopause, compared to normal-weight women. Early menopause – defined in this study as before age 45 – is a concern for several reasons. It shortens a woman's reproductive life, and has been tied to heightened risks of heart disease, osteoporosis and memory decline. The new findings don't prove that being underweight directly causes early menopause, said lead researcher Kathleen Szegda, of Partners for a Healthier Community in Springfield, Mass. "This is suggestive, and needs to be followed up with additional studies," she said. Still, there are known links between weight and a woman's menstrual ... Read more

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Get Your Muscles In Step With Tai Chi

Posted 24 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 24, 2017 – If you're looking for a low-impact exercise that can have a big impact on your quality of life, give Tai Chi a try. This ancient Chinese practice combines slow, flowing movement with meditation and deep breathing. According to the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, studies show that Tai Chi is very good at improving muscle strength, flexibility and balance. That's a plus as you age because good balance can keep you steady on your feet and prevent falls. Tai Chi also may help improve medical conditions like arthritis and high blood pressure. It also may be an effective way for women to stave off osteoporosis after menopause. Tai Chi's benefits also go beyond the physical. It can lower stress and anxiety and help you get a good night's sleep. Because Tai Chi is low impact, it's easy on your joints, and people of almost any ability ... Read more

Related support groups: Osteoarthritis, Muscle Pain, Menopausal Disorders, Prevention of Falls

Hormone Therapy May Be OK for Women With Migraines

Posted 11 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2017 – Women who suffer from migraines may be able to safely use hormone therapy to treat menopause symptoms, a new study suggests. The study of 85,000 U.S. women found no evidence that hormone therapy carried a particular risk of heart attack or stroke among those with a history of migraine headaches. That possibility has been a concern, mainly based on studies of younger women with migraines. Those studies linked hormonal birth control pills to a small risk of stroke, particularly among women whose migraines feature "aura" symptoms – most often, visual disturbances such as seeing zigzag lines or bright flashes. Less has been known about any risks of hormone replacement therapy, said Dr. Jelena Pavlovic, the lead researcher on the new study. "It appears safe for women with migraines to use hormone therapy, in terms of their cardiovascular risk," said Pavlovic, an ... Read more

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Health Tip: Recognizing Symptoms of Ovarian Cysts

Posted 11 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

-- An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac that forms on the ovary. Most ovarian cysts are small and often lack symptoms unless they rupture or become twisted. If there are symptoms, the womenshealth.gov website says these warning signs are common: Bloating. Swelling. Pain in the lower abdomen. Pelvic pain. Dull ache in the lower back and thighs. Problems emptying the bladder or bowel. Pain during sex. Unexplained weight gain. Pain during the menstrual period. Breast tenderness. Needing to urinate more often. Read more

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Trauma Takes a Toll on a Woman's Heart

Posted 11 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2017 – Trauma may be more than psychologically damaging for women: New research suggests it also could boost their chances of heart trouble. Close to 300 nonsmoking women who were approaching or were past menopause were analyzed in the new study. They were asked about their life history of traumatic experiences such as sexual harassment, death of a child, being in a car crash, surviving a natural disaster, or being beaten or mugged. Women who reported three or more traumatic experiences had poorer function of the inner lining of the heart and blood vessels (endothelial function) than those with fewer traumatic experiences. Reduced endothelial function increases the risk of heart disease, the researchers noted. The study was to be presented Wednesday at the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) annual meeting, in Philadelphia. "These findings underscore the ... Read more

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Talk Therapy May Help Menopause Woes

Posted 11 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2017 – Talk therapy may help relieve menopause-related sleep problems and depression, a new study suggests. Insomnia – an inability to fall asleep or stay asleep – and depression are common in menopausal women. "Given the high prevalence rates of insomnia and depressive symptoms in midlife women, we felt there was a need for more research to be done on the effectiveness of possible alternatives for treating these symptoms," study author Sara Nowakowski said in a news release from the North American Menopause Society (NAMS). Nowakowski is a clinical psychologist with the University of Texas Medical Branch. Cognitive behavioral therapy – which attempts to change negative thoughts and behaviors – is one of those potential alternative treatments. For the study, Nowakowski and her colleagues assessed the effectiveness of four cognitive behavioral therapy sessions ... Read more

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Could Hormone Supplements for Menopause Make a Comeback?

Posted 12 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 – The door may be opening again for menopausal women suffering from hot flashes and night sweats to receive some relief from a source once thought too dangerous to consider, researchers say. Hormone replacement therapy to treat symptoms of menopause does not increase a woman's risk of early death – either overall or specifically from cancer or heart disease, according to long-term findings from the largest clinical trial conducted on hormone therapy. Women who took estrogen for an average of seven years or combination estrogen and progesterone therapy for an average of five years had no increased risk of death after 18 years of follow-up, compared with women given an inactive placebo, the researchers found. The clinical trial "provides support for the use of hormone therapy for treatment of bothersome and distressing hot flashes, night sweats and other ... Read more

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Sleepless Nights Plague Many Women in Middle Age

Posted 7 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2017 – Lots of middle-aged American women are fretfully counting sheep each night, new research shows. The study, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that close to 20 percent of all women aged 40 to 59 said they had trouble falling asleep on four or more nights in the prior week. Sleep troubles were even more likely if the woman was in the years where she's transitioning into menopause ("perimenopause"). Among these women, more than half (56 percent) said they typically got less than the seven hours of sleep per night that experts deem restful and healthy. Even after menopause, sleep woes lingered: nearly 36 percent of postmenopausal women aged 40 to 59 said they had trouble staying asleep through the night. None of this should surprise any woman who's gone through menopause, said one expert who reviewed the study. Sleeplessness in this ... Read more

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Could an Estrogen Patch Boost Women's Sex Lives in Menopause?

Posted 28 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 28, 2017 – Women in early menopause who feel their sex drive or function is lagging may want to consider help from an estrogen "patch," new research suggests. In the new study, "we show that [supplemental] estrogens can also be beneficial for sexual function," said study lead author Dr. Hugh Taylor of Yale School of Medicine. His group published the findings Aug. 28 in JAMA Internal Medicine. The study addresses a key – but often unreported – effect of menopause, one expert said. "One of the chief complaints of menopause is changes in sexual function," said Dr. Jennifer Wu, an obstetrician/gynecologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "Many women are very fearful of these changes and what it will mean for their relationships. Many women also think the decreases in arousal, desire, lubrication and orgasm are inevitable." For the study, Taylor's team tracked ... Read more

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Women at Risk for Alzheimer's Face Critical 10-Year Window, Study Says

Posted 28 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 28, 2017 – Women with a genetic predisposition for Alzheimer's disease face a 10-year window when they have far greater chances of developing the disease than men with similar genetic risks, a new analysis suggests. That window seems to occur between ages 65 and 75 – more than 10 years after the start of menopause, say University of Southern California researchers who reviewed 27 prior studies. "Menopause and plummeting estrogen levels, which on average begins at 51, may account for the difference," said study co-author Judy Pa. She is an assistant professor of neurology at the USC Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute. "However, scientists still don't know what is responsible. Researchers need to study women 10, 15 or even 20 years before their most vulnerable period to see if there are any detectable signals to suggest increased risk for Alzheimer's in 15 years," Pa ... Read more

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Yoga May Boost Aging Brains

Posted 9 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 – Older women who practice yoga may have greater "thickness" in areas of the brain involved in memory and attention, a small study suggests. Researchers found that even compared with other healthy, active women their age, yoga practitioners typically had greater cortical thickness in the brain's left prefrontal cortex. That could be good news because, as the researchers pointed out, cognitive impairment from aging is usually associated with less volume in cortical areas of the brain associated with attention tasks, and decreases in memory. But experts said it's not clear what conclusions can be drawn from the study's findings. The findings are based on one-time brain scans of fewer than 50 women – and they do not prove that yoga, itself, altered anyone's brain structure, according to senior researcher Elisa Kozasa. The brain differences might have existed ... Read more

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It's Never Too Soon to Safeguard Your Bones

Posted 9 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 – Bone health is literally something you build on throughout your life, not just as a child. And the efforts you put in now will keep bones strong and help prevent the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis later on, as you age. Most of the 10 million Americans living with osteoporosis are women, but men are at risk, too, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. It weakens bones, leaving them at greater risk of fracture. Here are 4 steps to better bone health for women and men. First, make sure your diet has calcium, an essential mineral, and vitamin D. These nutrients work in tandem on bone building. Low-fat dairy, such as plain yogurt and milk, is a great calcium source. Also, look for milk that's been fortified with vitamin D. You can get some D from fatty fish, like tuna and salmon, spending limited time in the sun, and supplements. Second, eat healthy ... Read more

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Estrogen May Influence Women's Depression Risk

Posted 21 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 – Women exposed to estrogen for longer periods of time during the reproductive years may have a lower risk of depression, a new study finds. Previous research has suggested that reproductive hormones play a role in depression risk among women, yet hormone fluctuations are something all women experience. So, the study authors tried to figure out how hormones might be linked to depression. The researchers focused on estradiol. This is the main form of estrogen present during a woman's reproductive years. Estradiol affects levels of serotonin, a brain chemical that's involved in depression. Factors that might increase the length of exposure to estradiol include a younger age at first menstruation and how many menstrual cycles a woman has over her lifetime, the researchers said. This study of more than 1,300 women found that being exposed to estradiol for a longer ... Read more

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Early Menopause May Be Tied to Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 19 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 – The earlier a woman begins menopause, the greater her risk of developing diabetes, a new study suggests. Following almost 4,000 women in the Netherlands, Dutch researchers found that those who went through menopause before age 40 were almost four times as likely to develop type 2 diabetes as women whose menopause was late – at 55 or older. The average age for menopause in the United States is 51, according to the National Institute on Aging. Overall, the risk of developing diabetes fell 4 percent for each added year before menopause, according to the study. "Early onset of [natural menopause] is an independent marker for [type 2 diabetes] in postmenopausal women," wrote Dr. Taulant Muka and colleagues at Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam. Their results were published July 18 in the journal Diabetologia. The study doesn't show a direct ... Read more

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