Has menopause has got you down? The emotional swings, the
crazy menstrual periods, the feeling that your mind is a blackboard that's just
been wiped clean. The long nights, restlessly tossing and turning in bed. And,
oh yeah - how about those hot flashes?
Hot Flashes - The Killer Menopause Symptom (that Won't Kill You)
Hot flashes are one of the truly irritating side effects of
menopause. They're not going to kill you (though they may make you want to kill
whoever invented turtleneck sweaters). Ultimately, they're not dangerous,
unlike your gradually deteriorating bone density. No, hot flashes are just
annoying. REALLY annoying. Like, if there had been an Eighth Plague of Egypt,
hot flashes would have been it.
Wondering What a Hot Flash Feels Like?
What, you've never experienced a hot flash? Come on - that's
one of the very first things most of us get to complain about during
peri-menopause. If you're one of the lucky women who's sailing through
Are you a woman suffering from hot flashes as you go through the menopause transition? It turns out you’re not alone. About 33 percent of women who are going through this transition experience more than 10 hot flashes daily. Additionally, these hot flashes are more commonly seen in women who are obese. Researchers believe that fat serves as an insulator which interferes with heat dissipation, thus causing women who are overweight to have more of these “power surges.”
So if fat serves as an insulator, would it make a difference if women lose weight? That’s what a new study out of the University of Pittsburgh explored. The study involved 40 overweight or obese women who had hot flashes. These women were randomly assigned to either a behavioral weight loss intervention or a wait-list control. The researchers evaluated the women’s hot flashes before and after the intervention through monitoring the women’s physical responses as well as asking the ...
Recently a community member posted a question on HealthCentral’s Alzheimer’s site about her mother, who is 55. The mother had been diagnosed by a doctor with Alzheimer’s. The daughter, who questioned this diagnosis, said her mother was having some memory loss (like forgetting where she put her keys or how to get to the bank), although she was not having any problems with her daily routine, speaking, writing or reading. She knows time and place and isn’t having difficulty with judgment, changes in behavior or loss of initiative. In addition, the concerned daughter said the mother was experiencing body pain, nausea, dizziness, skin issues, sleep issues, chronic headaches, chest pain and fatigue, difficulty breathing after some exertion, vision problems and weight gain. The mother also has had hysterectomy. The concerned daughter wondered if her mother might be dealing with fibromyalgia.
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