Alcohol and obesity

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More reasons to keep alcohol to a minimum The adverse effects of excessive alcohol consumption on postmenopausal women is in the news this week. A study published in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) on over 2000 post-menopausal Korean women showed that drinking alcohol increased loss of muscle mass and strength which affects balance and agility. The women with a high alcohol consumption were four times more likely to develop these problems. Dr JoAnn Pinkerton, executive director of NAMS says “With this study suggesting that more muscle loss leads to sarcopenia (the loss of muscle mass and strength) and other studies suggesting that even one drink of alcohol may increase the risk of breast cancer, postmenopausal women should limit their alcohol intake.” The study suggests that these findings might be a cause for taking hormone therapy to boost oestrogen levels, but they overlook the fact that … Read More

Pelvic Floor – Use it or Lose It

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Millions of women suffer problems as a result of weak pelvic floor muscles.  It’s thought that one in four women will suffer with pelvic floor disorders and this is magnified at the menopause and beyond. Having a strong pelvic floor can serve us well, but equally if you don’t use it over the years you will lose it. And, to their detriment, so many women do. The pelvic floor refers to the muscles, ligaments, nerves and connective tissue that support the bladder as well as the vagina, uterus and rectum, helping to keep these organs functioning normally.  In our youth, unless we studied anatomy and physiology, we probably weren’t even aware that we had pelvic floor muscles!  When women are preparing to give birth naturally they are made aware of the importance of the pelvic floor and many of us are given instructions to restore its tone after a vaginal … Read More

Healthy Fast Food | Weight Loss Without Dieting

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When we talk about living on a fast food diet most of us automatically think of America and their menus of shakes, fries and hamburgers. Understandably the US has been blamed by many researchers for setting the trend in the rise of obesity and overweight issues as a result. However, a new study reveals that America is not the country that currently has the highest fast food consumption. Believe it or not, Britons have begun out guzzling their American counterparts when it comes to fast food. According to the latest Synovate study, Brits are the keenest fast food consumers in the world, closely followed by Americans. When British and American respondents were asked to identify with the statement, “I like the taste of fast food too much to give it up”, 45% of the British agreed, compared to 44% of Americans. Healthy options offered by burger and pizza chains are … Read More

Reclaim your mojo at midlife

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Rome wasn’t built in a day and, without a magic wand, the often ghastly symptoms that occur at the perimenopause and menopause can’t be alleviated overnight. With a few scientifically based inside tips symptoms can be history within a matter of months though. And that includes everything from hot flushes through to loss of confidence, insomnia, anxiety, aches joints, fatigue and even dry sore vaginal tissues, lost libido and more. The trick is finding workable information and learning how to implement it. Most of us would give our back teeth to reclaim our mojo at midlife. But the truth is that women commonly believe that their confident energetic selves did an ‘exit stage left’ along with their libido as part of the ageing process. Well, I’m here to tell you that’s far from the case. Not only can we annihilate the symptoms that occur at midlife, but we can also … Read More

Cutting through the confusion of managing your menopause

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Recently, a friend of a friend posted on Facebook that she feels she has been hit by a steamroller as her menopause arrived and that her doctor advised her to take HRT. She was asking her friends for their advice. One of her contacts and a friend of mine recommended that she got in touch with me for some expert advice as I pioneered a scientifically based non-drug approach to menopause, have written several books on the subject, and have been helping women overcome their symptoms for more than 20 years. In fact, over ninety per cent of women on our programme report being symptom-free within five months; I, therefore, felt qualified to offer help. What then followed on Facebook turned out to be incredibly insightful. Following her post, she was inundated with advice from friends who were offering ‘solutions’ and mostly warning her not to take HRT at all … Read More

Help I’m about to go on holiday and I don’t like how I look

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Help I’m about to go on holiday and I don’t like how I look It’s the week before you go on holiday, you catch sight of yourself in the mirror and your heart sinks at what you see. New bulges seemed to have appeared, your bust has definitely dropped and as for your hair… why is it suddenly so thin and wispy? Everyone is going to look so much better than you. Fight back tactics Go on doing this and you will feel intimidated. Start to love and appreciate all that your body does for you and remember you are perfect just the way you are. Stay informed about the latest innovations and technology for treating menopause symptoms. Learn tips and tricks on keeping your own symptoms at bay.

Muddled messages magnifying menopause mayhem

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Numerous medical publications from around the world containing conflicting findings relating to menopause have entered the public arena this week causing ever increasing confusion about treatment options and long-term health prospects. With muddled messages in the news, it’s understandable that women, as well as their health care providers, are feeling utterly bewildered.   No one seems to be interpreting the science providing clear understanding what the research really means to a woman going through the menopause. The United States Preventive Services Task Force, in their latest draft recommendations, have given HRT a D Notice which means they are voting against the use of HRT as a treatment for women going through the menopause.   Imagine how many other experts are leaping up and down accusing them of misconstruing the research. HRT might be a small term but it certainly is a huge subject surrounded by uncertainty and even fear about long-term health … Read More

Take time out for you

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Take time out for you. It’s the end of a long, busy week.  Your hormones are running riot and your moods are swinging up and down like a yo-yo. One moment you feel like laughing the next your eyes are welling up with tears. Stay informed about the latest innovations and technology for treating menopause symptoms. Learn tips and tricks on keeping your own symptoms at bay.

Choosing joy over sadness

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There are times in our life that stop us in our tracks.  Experiences that are forever imprinted on our minds.  Some of them are due to joyful moments and others because of sad and tragic times.  Today was one of those days for me and I wanted to share it with you in the hope that you will feel inspired. I’ve had bereaved families in Manchester on my mind this week, especially as I lost my youngest daughter tragically and unexpectedly.  I know only too well the devastation and shock those parents are experiencing and the fact that their recent experience will change the course of their lives.  It takes longer than forever to come to terms with these needless losses but I came to realise that, as unlikely as it seemed in the beginning, it is possible to still experience joy. When I’m in Florida I love to attend … Read More

Perimenopause Can Leave You Feeling Sexy and Wise

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There are times in our life that stop us in our tracks.  Experiences that are forever imprinted on our minds.  Some of them are due to joyful moments and others because of sad and tragic times.  Today was one of those days for me and I wanted to share it with you in the hope that you will feel inspired. I’ve had bereaved families in Manchester on my mind this week, especially as I lost my youngest daughter tragically and unexpectedly.  I know only too well the devastation and shock those parents are experiencing and the fact that their recent experience will change the course of their lives.  It takes longer than forever to come to terms with these needless losses but I came to realise that, as unlikely as it seemed in the beginning, it is possible to still experience joy. When I’m in Florida I love to attend … Read More