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Low-Carb Diet May Aid Your Metabolism

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2016 – Eating low-carbohydrate meals may lead to healthy changes in a woman's metabolism that don't occur when consuming higher-carbohydrate meals, a small study suggests. The researchers also found that the timing of exercise may play a role in how beneficial it is for your metabolism. The study's senior author, Katarina Borer, said the study illustrates that small changes can make a difference, such as watching the kinds of foods you eat and not exercising at an inappropriate time. "It's an empowering message," said Borer, a professor at the University of Michigan's School of Kinesiology. The study reported that when people ate three meals containing just 30 percent carbohydrates over a 24-hour period, they had a 30 percent reduction in their after-meal insulin resistance and insulin levels. Insulin is a hormone that helps the body use carbohydrates from food to fuel ... Read more

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FDA Approves Intrarosa (prasterone) for Postmenopausal Women Experiencing Dyspareunia

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

November 17, 2016 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Intrarosa (prasterone) to treat women experiencing moderate to severe pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia), a symptom of vulvar and vaginal atrophy (VVA), due to menopause. Intrarosa is the first FDA approved product containing the active ingredient prasterone, which is also known as dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). During menopause, levels of estrogen decline in vaginal tissues, which may cause a condition known as VVA, leading to symptoms such as pain during sexual intercourse. “Pain during sexual intercourse is one of the most frequent symptoms of VVA reported by postmenopausal women,” said Audrey Gassman, M.D., deputy director of the Division of Bone, Reproductive, and Urologic Products (DBRUP) in the Office of Drug Evaluation III in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). “Intrarosa provide ... Read more

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Intarosa Approved for Post-Menopausal Pain During Sex

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 17, 2016 – Intarosa has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat women who have moderate-to-severe pain during sexual intercourse caused by post-menopausal vulvar and vaginal atrophy (VVA). As the FDA explained, during menopause estrogen levels can decline in vaginal tissues, leading to VVA. The product, contained in a once-daily insert, is the first approved to include the active ingredient prasterone, also known as dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), the agency said Thursday in a news release. The product's effectiveness was established in two 12-week clinical trials involving 406 post-menopausal women, aged 40 to 80. The most common adverse reactions included vaginal discharge and abnormal Pap smear, a test used to detect cervical cancer. DHEA is contained in some dietary supplements, although the FDA said it hasn't evaluated the safety and ... Read more

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Sexual Pain for Women With Cancer Should Not Be Overlooked: Report

Posted 11 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 11, 2016 – Painful sex is common, though often treatable, in women with cancer, yet doctors often overlook it, researchers say. "Sexual pain is often written off as 'in people's heads,' but it is more often a result of physical issues that can be helped," said Dr. Vanessa Kennedy, an assistant professor of gynecologic oncology at the University of California, Davis, Health System. "It is important to be able to have the conversation comfortably and to know how to address the common issues that are often predictable, depending on a patient's treatment course," she said in a university news release. In their review paper, Kennedy and co-author Dr. Deborah Coady, from NYU Langone Medical Center, outlined several causes of painful sex in women with cancer, and listed treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and hormone therapy. A low estrogen level is most often to ... Read more

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Menopause Before 40? Risk of Broken Bones May Be Higher

Posted 11 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 11, 2016 – Women who undergo menopause before age 40 are more likely to get broken bones, and a new study suggests calcium and vitamin D supplements won't eliminate the extra risk. Researchers were disappointed by the finding because supplements and hormone replacement therapy have been thought to improve bone health. The researchers were led by Dr. Shannon Sullivan, medical officer from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. They examined the medical records of almost 22,000 women who took part in the Women's Health Initiative. This 15-year study, by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, reviewed the most common causes of poor health and death among postmenopausal women. The study team found that those women who entered menopause before age 40 had a significantly higher risk of broken bones than those who did later, regardless of the treatments they tried. On average, ... Read more

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Memory Can Fade After Menopause

Posted 9 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 9, 2016 – Middle-aged women can remember more than men their own age, but new research suggests that memory may fade as estrogen levels drop during menopause. Memory loss is a common age-related complaint, affecting up to 75 percent of older people, the study's authors explained. The researchers noted that many women going through menopause report being more forgetful, though they still outperform men on memory tests. "Brain fog and complaints of memory issues should be taken seriously," said Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, executive director of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS). "This study and others have shown that these complaints are associated with memory deficits," she said in a society news release. The study by Harvard Medical School researchers was led by Jill Goldstein, a professor of psychiatry and medicine. It included 212 men and women, between 45 and 55 ... Read more

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Menopause and a Decline in Intimacy

Posted 2 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 2, 2016 – Women might say "not tonight, dear" a lot more often in the year and a half before their final period, a new study finds. Sexual decline typically starts 20 months before a woman's final period and continues for several years after menstruation ends, the study authors reported. The researchers analyzed data from nearly 1,400 U.S. women at midlife, and also found that menopause-related declines in sexual function can vary according to race and ethnicity. A diminishing sex life is a serious issue, the researchers said, noting three-quarters of study participants said sex was moderately to extremely important to them. "This study highlights the need for health-care providers to have open conversations with their patients about their sexual issues, because there are many options for women to help maintain or improve their sexual lives as they transition to and ... Read more

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Researchers Identify Genes Linked to Hot Flashes

Posted 19 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19, 2016 – Some women may be genetically predisposed to suffer hot flashes before or during menopause, a new study suggests. A team of scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles says it identified gene variants that affect a brain receptor that regulates the release of estrogen. These variants increase the likelihood that women will experience hot flashes, the researchers said. "No previous studies have focused on how variants in women's genes may be linked with hot flashes, and these results were highly statistically significant," said principal investigator Dr. Carolyn Crandall, a professor of medicine in the division of general internal medicine and health services research at UCLA. "These associations were similar across European-American, African-American and Hispanic-American women, and they persisted even after we accounted for other factors that ... Read more

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More Evidence Menopause 'Brain Fog' Is Real

Posted 12 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 12, 2016 – Those memory lapses many women notice around menopause are real, and they can begin at a relatively young age, researchers report. It's common for women going through menopause to complain of what researchers sometimes call "brain fog" – forgetfulness, and difficulty concentrating and thinking clearly. And while those complaints are subjective, a number of studies have also shown they can be objectively detected. Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston said the new study builds on that objective evidence. It found that, yes, a woman's performance on certain memory tasks tends to dip as her estrogen levels drop – and it happens during the average age range of menopause: 45 to 55. Menopause is defined as when a woman's menstrual period stops, confirmed when she has missed her period ... Read more

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Fitful Sleep May Take Toll on Older Women's Hearts

Posted 6 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 6, 2016 – The sleep woes that many women suffer during menopause may be more than a nuisance: New research suggests a link between lost sleep and an increase in risk factors for heart disease and stroke. When loss of sleep was measured both objectively and subjectively, the researchers found it correlated with a higher risk of plaque buildup in blood vessels and a thickening of artery walls. "Our results indicate that short or poor sleep is associated with some increased risk for cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke," said lead researcher Rebecca Thurston, director of the Women's Biobehavioral Health Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh. The increased risk, she said, "is probably somewhere around small to moderate, not large." Thurston couldn't explain the link, and added that the study did not prove that sleep troubles cause heart risks to rise. ... Read more

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For Many Women, Sex Gets Better at Midlife

Posted 5 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 5, 2016 – Here's good news for middle-aged women who fear their sexual satisfaction is destined to decline: Aging can provide benefits that might make lovemaking even more enjoyable, a small study suggests. Interviews with more than three dozen women ages 45 to 60 revealed that some were more satisfied with sex at midlife even though they had it less often. These women "felt more confident and more comfortable in their own skin as they got older, and this allowed them to feel more free in the bedroom," said study lead author Dr. Holly Thomas. "They had a better knowledge and understanding of their own bodies as they got older. And they felt more comfortable and empowered to communicate their sexual needs to their partner than when they were younger," said Thomas, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Other research has examined the rates of ... Read more

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Hot Flashes, Mood Woes?

Posted 28 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2016 – Women who believe they have a lot of hot flashes during the night may be more likely to experience mild depression during menopause, a new study suggests. The study included 29 healthy, premenopausal women, aged 18 to 45, who were given a drug to reduce estrogen levels and mimic menopause for four weeks. Those who believed they had frequent nighttime hot flashes were more likely to develop mild symptoms of depression than those who thought they had few or no nighttime hot flashes. But the actual number of hot flashes was not linked with mood changes. Sleep interruptions were also associated with a higher risk of depression symptoms. Daytime hot flashes had no effect on mood, according to the study published online Sept. 28 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. "When women were awake long enough to later recall nighttime hot flashes, that ... Read more

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Early Menopause Linked to Higher Heart Disease, Death Risks

Posted 15 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 15, 2016 – Women who enter menopause early may be at greater risk for heart disease and premature death, a new analysis suggests. To reach this conclusion, the Dutch researchers reviewed 32 studies involving more than 300,000 women. The investigators compared women who were younger than 45 at the start of menopause with those who were aged 45 and older when it began. Overall, heart disease risk appeared to be 50 percent greater for the women who were under 45 when menopause began. Early menopause also appeared to boost the risk of cardiovascular death and death from all causes. But, it showed no association with stroke risk, the study authors said. However, the study only uncovered an association – not a cause-and-effect connection – between early menopause and heart and death risk. The study findings were published Sept. 14 online in JAMA Cardiology. "These findings ... Read more

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Heart Risk Factors Rise Before Menopause

Posted 3 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 3, 2016 – Heart disease risk factors – such as abnormal cholesterol levels and high blood pressure – appear to increase before a woman goes through menopause, not after, new research finds. "These risk factors related to heart disease and stroke appear to worsen rapidly in the years leading up to menopause, and during the postmenopausal period they progress less rapidly," said Dr. Mark DeBoer, the study's senior author. He's an associate professor of pediatric endocrinology at the University of Virginia. In the past, he said, experts believed that a rapid increase in heart disease and stroke risk factors took place in women after menopause. They thought this was when women "catch up" to men's risk. However, the new research finds the rapid increase in risk factors starts well before the last menstrual period. The real danger zone, DeBoer's team concluded, was before ... Read more

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Later Start, Finish to Menstruation May Extend Women's Lives

Posted 27 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2016 – Women whose periods begin later and who experience menopause later in life are more likely to live to be 90, new research suggests. "Our study found that women who started menstruation at age 12 or older, experienced menopause, either naturally or surgically, at age 50 or older and had more than 40 reproductive years had increased odds of living to 90 years old," said study author Aladdin Shadyab. He's from the department of family medicine and public health at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. Shadyab said his grandfather lived to the ripe old age of 102. And that's what started his interest in researching longevity. The new study included a racially and ethnically diverse group of over 16,000 American women who were part of the ongoing Women's Health Initiative study. Fifty-five percent of these women lived to age 90. "Our team found ... Read more

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