Dorian Martin

Dorian Martin, Patient Expert

Dorian Martin writes about various topics for HealthCentral, including Alzheimer’s disease, diet/exercise, menopause and lung cancer. Dorian is a health and caregiving advocate living in College Station, TX. She has a Ph.D. in educational human resource development. Dorian also founded I Start Wondering, which encourages people to embrace a life-long learning approach to aging. She teaches Sheng Zhen Gong, a form of Qigong. Follow Dorian on Twitter at @dorianmartin, Facebook or Instagram at @doriannmartin.

Food That Makes You Cooler, or Hotter

Credit: Thinkstock Recently, I went to dinner with some friends on a very hot, humid day. We were sitting outside on the enclosed (and air-conditioned) patio but I could still almost see the heat waves coming off the pavement outside the patio’s wind...
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4 Tips to Protect Height After Menopause

One of the challenges women face as we go through the menopausal transition is maintaining our height. We actually start losing slightly less than half-an-inch every 10 years after we reach the age of 40 and ultimately can lose up to three inches of ...
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Vaginal Atrophy's Affects on Life

For almost 40 percent of postmenopausal women, the loss of estrogen that they experience during the menopausal transition can lead to vaginal atrophy. This loss leads to thinning, drying and inflammation of the vaginal walls. Vaginal atrophy can lead ...
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Many Women Suffer from Vaginal Atrophy

Menopause brings about many changes to the body. Some of those we can see and other changes may not be so visible. One such subtle change? Vaginal atrophy. The condition affects about half of postmenopausal women, according to the Mayo Clinic. One ty...
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Make Vaginal Health a Priority

Conversations surrounding menopause are healthy and necessary. Conversations with doctors will direct a need to thinking about the health of the vagina as a woman enters menopause and conversations with girlfriends can provide an outlet to lament abo...
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Chronic Pain Can Emerge During Menopause

Menopause can seem like a pain. However, for some women, that feeling is literal, instead of figurative. Researchers have found that the changing hormonal levels that happen during menopause may result in women experiencing more pain or they may deve...
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Making a Healthy Marinade

It’s that time of year when everyone loves to grill! Many cooks look to marinades to help impart flavor while also tenderizing the meat. You can make a marinade with five ingredients or less – an oil or other type of fat, an acid, something salty, so...
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Can Chinese Medicine Ease Menopause?

Recently a member of HealthCentral’s menopause community noted that she turned to Chinese medicine to cope with hot flashes. She said her acupuncturist and herbalist identified a supplement that helped with those pesky issues. That got me thinking – ...
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