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Recently, I had the opportunity to visit with my friend Leslie. We both laughed knowingly as she talked about the tug-of-war she wages with her husband over the thermostat when she’s experiencing those well-known “power surges” that can come with menopause. And we also both bemoaned the way that weight and inches seem to creep on at this age. However, I hadn’t thought about how the two – hot flashes and diet – might be linked.
However, it turns out that a recent study recommends that you head straight to the produce aisle at your supermarket or to a farmer’s market to arm yourself with some of the best weaponry. Yep, that means load up on lots of fruits and vegetables. This study, which is out of Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California Division of Research, found that menopausal women who lost weight through eating a low-fat diet that included lots of fruits and vegetables actually reduced or eliminated their hot flashes and night sweats...
Plagued with hot flashes or night sweats? Perhaps it’s time to remake your dinner plate as a way to battle these uncomfortable experiences.
A new large study out of Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California Division of Research has found that menopausal women who drop pounds through a low-fat diet that incorporates lots of fruits and vegetables may reduce or even eliminate those pesky clothes-soaking experiences. This study was published in the journal, Menopause.
The study used data on more than 17,473 women who participated in the Women’s Health Initiative Study, a research effort started in 1991 by the National Institutes of Health that was focused on the most common causes of death, disability and impaired quality of life in postmenopausal women such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and osteoporosis.
The Kaiser Permanente researchers studied at women who had menopausal symptoms and who were not taking hormone-replacement therapy. Their analysis found that the wome...
A decade ago, upwards of 15 million American women were using combination hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to help deal with their menopausal symptoms. Doctors also believed HRT protected women from a host of other issues, including heart attacks and osteoporosis. That all changed in 2002, when researchers learned that HRT drugs actually increased a woman’s risk of cardiac problems, stroke, and breast cancer – and millions of women dumped their bottles of HRT. Now, further research indicates HRT is indeed a legitimate treatment for severe hot flashes, mood swings, and other menopause-induced health challenges – for some women. Are you a candidate for HRT? Hot flashes. Drenching night sweats. Mood swings so severe you want to run and hide from family and friends. These are just some of the challenges many of us undergo as a result of menopause. And the hard part is, they usually come on top of the ravages chemo has already produced in us: the embarrassing baldnes...
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