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Archive for the ‘Menopause’ Category

Uterine Fibroids Linked to Low Vitamin D Levels

Uterine fibroids, or leiomyomata, are noncancerous tumors that often result in bleeding and pain in premenopausal women. They are the leading cause of hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus) in the US. Researchers led by Donna Baird, Ph.D., from the National Institute of Health found that women who had low vitamin D levels are more likely to develop uterine fibroids than those who had sufficient levels. Their study involved more than 1,000 women, aged 35-49, who were screened for fibroids using ultrasound. Participants’ blood samples were also used to measure their vitamin D levels, known as 25-hydroxy D. Levels of […]

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Smoking Leads to Postmenopausal Tooth Loss

Scientists reveal that postmenopausal who have a history of heavy smoking are more likely to lose teeth due to periodontal disease than those who never smoked. Chronic inflammation of the gum tissues surrounding the teeth (periodontal or gum disease) has been linked to other chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease and stroke. The recently published study was featured in the Journal of the American Dental Association and was done by researchers at the University at Buffalo. It involved more than 1,000 women who participated in the Buffalo OsteoPerio Study, as part of the Women’s Health Initiative, (WHI), the largest US […]

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Perimenopausal Women Benefit from Pine Bark Extracts

A new study about the French maritime pine bark extract has successfully confirmed the benefits of the extract treatment among perimenopausal women. The findings showed significant results in relieving some of the symptoms associated with perimenopause such as insomnia or difficulty in sleeping and fatigue and likewise showed improvement in vasomotor symptoms (like hot flashes and night sweats).  There was also a reduction in the Kupperman index (numerical index that rates the 11 menopausal symptoms). The study was conducted by Takafumi Kohama, MD and Masako Negami, MD and was published in the recent issue of the Journal of Reproductive Medicine. […]

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Herbal Treatments for Postmenopausal Symptoms

Menopause is a natural stage in a woman’s life that is associated with estrogen deficiency and an increase in genitourinary symptoms (sexual dysfunction, vaginal dryness, urinary incontinence and frequent urinary tract infections), hot flushes, joint pains, and disturbances in sleep and mood. Among these symptoms, hot flushes are one of the most common, affecting approximately two-thirds of postmenopausal women, 20% of which may be affected for up to 15 years. Long term health issues such as osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease may also result from estrogen deficiency. Pharmacological agents such as hormone replacements are commonly used to treat postmenopausal symptoms, but […]

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Postmenopausal Weight and Cardiometabolic Risk

Regaining weight after intentional weight loss in overweight postmenopausal women increases their risk for negative long-term cardiometabolic effects, according to researchers from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The study, led by Daniel Beavers, Ph.D., and Kristen Beavers, Ph.D, was sponsored by the National Institute on Aging  and was recently published online by the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences. The study involved 112 obese, postmenopausal women with a mean age of 58 years. They underwent an intentional weight loss program for five months, followed by 12 months with no intervention. The investigators measured their weights and cardiometabolic risk factors before and […]

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