SparkPeople Woman in Menopause using HRT Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=20039 A Group for woman who are going through Menopause using Hormone Replacement Therapy SparkPeople Woman in Menopause using HRT Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=20039 Severe PMS May Last Longer Than Thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4616x20039x50632006 Severe PMS May Last Longer Than Thought <BR> Psychiatric changes persist after period starts for women with condition known as PMDD, study says <BR> By Denise Mann <BR> HealthDay Reporter <BR> <BR> MONDAY, March 5 (HealthDay News) -- For years, women with the severe form of premenstrual syndrome known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) were told that their symptoms should subside the day menstruation begins. <BR> <BR> Now, new research suggests that these symptoms, which can include ... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 15:49:25 EST Flatten Your Abs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x50519554 Flatten Your Abs <BR> How to Get a Six-Pack <BR> By Paige Waehner, About.com Guide <BR> Updated July 13, 2010 <BR> About.com Health's Disease and Condition content is reviewed by our Medical Review Board <BR> <BR> What is the one fitness goal you wish you could achieve? If you're like most people, you want six-pack abs. It seems easy: Do hundreds of crunches a day and wait for your abs to magically appear. But, after a few months of that you might be wondering: Where's my six-pack? <BR> It ... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 16:52:07 EST Crude oil and cooking oil: What harm do they do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x50403402 Crude oil and cooking oil: What harm do they do? <BR> Beyond Elements <BR> <BR> We have all heard of the BP oil spill, and know that this crude oil is very harmful. But do we really know the harms? Crude oil is filled with toxic properties, and when these toxins become airborne, they can travel for many miles. These toxins cause problems such as trouble breathing,dizziness, nausea, headaches, and confusion. If people with COPD or asthma even come into brief contact with these toxins, they c... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 17:31:37 EST Can carbohydrates make you fat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4616x20039x50338930 Can carbohydrates make you fat? <BR> by Jenn Durfey <BR> <BR> If you are looking for a way to getenergy, carbohydrates are the way to do it. This is because they are converted easily into glucose, which is the type of sugar that is transported and used by your body. However, a diet high in carbs can mess with your body’s blood sugar, which can create ups and downs in your energy levels and your mood. The best solution is to balance your carb intake with protein, fat, andfiber. <BR> <BR> R... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 02:06:16 EST How many calories a woman should take per day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x50234316 How many calories a woman should take per day? <BR> Picture by Lauren Manning <BR> <BR> Caloric intake is a fact of life that many people do not pay attention to. Those who work out or are trying to lost weight usually do count calories and keep a close eye on their intake. There are varying factors to determine how many calories you should intake daily to remain healthy, such as age, weight, and amount of physical activity. On average, a woman needs about 2,000 calories everyday. However,... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 01:55:12 EST Successful Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x50175976 Successful Weight Loss <BR> Ingredients for Success <BR> By Paige Waehner, About.com Guide <BR> Updated March 29, 2010 <BR> About.com Health's Disease and Condition content is reviewed by our Medical Review Board <BR> <BR> You already know how to lose weight. At it's simplest, you need to burn more calories than you eat, right? And exercising and eating healthy is the healthiest way to do that, right? But, successful weight loss doesn't start with your body--it starts with your mind. <BR> As... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 17:13:45 EST Are You Ready to Make a Lifestyle Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4616x20039x50153683 Are You Ready to Make a Lifestyle Change <BR> By Paige Waehner, About.com Guide <BR> Updated March 29, 2010 <BR> About.com Health's Disease and Condition content is reviewed by our Medical Review Board <BR> <BR> When it comes to weight loss, the buzzwords you might here are: lifestyle and change...as in, you need to make one to be successful at losing weight. It may seem like losing weight is a simple goal--do some exercise, go on a diet and voila! But, if it were that simple, I'd be out of ... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 21:38:42 EST 17 Best Foods for Dieters http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x50093157 17 Best Foods for Dieters <BR> Diet foods that taste great and can help you lose weight. <BR> By Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD <BR> WebMD Expert Column <BR> <BR> Dieting can be downright difficult, especially if your diet includes foods you don't particularly enjoy. After all, how much cabbage soup can a person stand? The good news is that there are thousands of diet foods that are healthy, taste great, and can help you stick to your weight loss plan. Visit any grocery store to witness th... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 22:22:28 EST Those Extra 10 Pounds May Be Good for You http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x50047459 Those Extra 10 Pounds May Be Good for You <BR> Doctors debate how healthy overweight but fit is <BR> by: Elizabeth Pope <BR> <BR> The day after Thanksgiving, a collective groan goes up as millions of Americans step on the bathroom scale. But here's a consoling thought: A few extra pounds may in fact be a good thing — plumping up a sagging face and providing protective cushioning for increasingly brittle bones. <BR> <BR> A growing body of evidence points in this direction. In 2005, researc... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 22:26:31 EST 3 Tips for Resisting Unhealthy Cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4616x20039x49490686 3 Tips for Resisting Unhealthy Cravings <BR> Before you reach for that snack, heed this advice <BR> by: Carole Carson <BR> <BR> Most of us, at some point, have an irresistible urge to eat a particularly fattening or unhealthy food. My weakness is a craving for sugar late in the afternoon when my energy and spirits sag. <BR> <BR> According to a study published in May 2010 in the Scientific American, women are more susceptible to these urges than are men. But whatever your sex, at some point... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 18:10:22 EST The Menopause Quiz of SparkPeople and explanation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20039x49389119 The Menopause Quiz of SparkPeople and explanation <BR> Quiz by Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> Menopause is a time of significant physical and emotional changes. And for some women, it can be a challenging adjustment. Take this quiz to see how much you know and how much you have to learn about this midlife "rite of passage." <BR> <BR> <BR> Which of the following statements about perimenopause is FALSE? <BR> • It is the time before menopause when hormonal and biological changes and... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 21:45:12 EST Cosmetic Weight Loss Procedures: the Pros and Cons http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20039x49243033 Cosmetic Weight Loss Procedures: the Pros and Cons <BR> By Ashley Henshaw&#921; January 13, 2012 <BR> <BR> There are several cosmetic weight loss procedures that have been developed to help people with weight problems lose the extra pounds. The results can be phenomenal, with people losing a significant amount of weight, improving their health and living a more fulfilling lifestyle. However, there are still several risks to consider when undergoing these procedures, meaning that it isn't alw... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 15:28:51 EST Resistance Band Workouts You Can Do Anywhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x49230831 Resistance Band Workouts You Can Do Anywhere <BR> March 19, 2012 <BR> Sources: <BR> • Women's Health <BR> • BodyBuilding.com <BR> Resistance bands are a great workout tool. Not only are they very affordable at about $20 or less, they are also easy to store, whether you throw them in a closet or drawer or stash them in a gym bag. One of the best parts about using resistance bands is that they are so easily transportable. That makes it possible for you to do your workouts almost anywhere, inclu... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 20:24:05 EST Using the Adjustable Gastric Band for Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x49138594 Using the Adjustable Gastric Band for Weight Loss <BR> By Ashley Henshaw&#921; March 21, 2012 <BR> Sources: <BR> • FDA <BR> Thanks to advances in modern medicine, there are now numerous ways for people who are overweight or obese to lose weight and get healthy. One of the newer methods for weight loss is the adjustable gastric band. This method, though it involves some risks, can be a very effective way to lose weight. <BR> <BR> What is the adjustable gastric band? <BR> The adjustable gastri... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 18:56:52 EST Why is stretching so important to fitness? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4616x20039x49122787 Why is stretching so important to fitness? <BR> WEB MD <BR> <BR> Whether a person goes to a gym, does a group workout, stays at home working out with their own routine, or goes with what's on the TV, stretching is a part of a workout. Stretching is important because it increases flexibility which lessens the chance of injury. <BR> It is necessary to stretch before and after exercise to prevent injury. When a person stretches then they can allow their muscles to loosen and get prepared for t... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 20:07:14 EST Perimenopause & symptoms http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20039x49079907 Perimenopause <BR> WebMD <BR> Perimenopause, or menopause transition, is the stage of a woman's reproductive life that begins several years before menopause, when the ovaries gradually begin to produce less estrogen. It usually starts in a woman's 40s, but can start in a woman's 30s or even earlier. <BR> Perimenopause lasts up until menopause, the point when the ovaries stop releasing eggs. In the last one to two years of perimenopause, this decline in estrogen accelerates. At this stage, m... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 21:56:14 EST Menopause Body Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x49061490 Menopause Body Changes <BR> Web MD <BR> This is a transcript of a video with a woman about the change her body thru menopause. <BR> <BR> Narrator: <BR> As Chris Toigo (TOY go) transitioned through menopause, she noticed changes beyond the end of her monthly periods. <BR> Chris Toigo, Study Participant: <BR> I know the last ten years for me, you know, there's been a great change in my body. <BR> Narrator: <BR> Chris saw her body morph before her eyes. <BR> Imke Janssen, PhD, Biostatician, Ru... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 17:24:14 EST Understanding PTSD Diagnosis and Treatment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x49034219 Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder -- Diagnosis and Treatment <BR> © 2012 WebMD, LLC. All rights reserved. <BR> <BR> How Do I Know If I Have PTSD? <BR> A diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is based on a report of the patient's history in the aftermath of a psychological trauma. This will include recent symptoms; a description of the event (at times, the event may have been forgotten, especially if it occurred during childhood); childhood, educational, and work exper... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 23:54:57 EST Depressive Mood and Abdominal Fat Distribution... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x49014288 Depressive Mood and Abdominal Fat Distribution in Overweight Premenopausal Women <BR> <BR> Objective: There is increasing evidence that depressive mood is associated with central obesity, but little is known about the association between depression and abdominal fat distribution. This study investigated this relationship in premenopausal women. <BR> Research Methods and Procedures: We recruited 101 overweight premenopausal women who had no eating disorders as defined using the DSM IV criteri... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 20:11:33 EST Can Weight Loss Cool Hot Flashes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20039x48952258 Can Weight Loss Cool Hot Flashes? <BR> Women Who Lost Weight on Low-Fat Diet Had Fewer or No Hot Flashes, Researchers Find <BR> <BR> By Kathleen Doheny <BR> WebMD Health News <BR> Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD <BR> <BR> July 11, 2012 -- Losing excess weight by eating a low-fat diet filled with vegetables, fruits, and whole grains appears to help reduce or eliminate menopausal symptoms, according to new research. <BR> "Women who lost weight on a low-fat diet reduced hot flashes and night s... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 15:16:56 EST Weight Loss & Diet Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x48952217 Weight Loss & Diet Plans <BR> Portion Size Plate by WebMD <BR> <BR> Portion control is a critical part of successful weight loss and weight management. The WebMD Portion Size Plate gives you easy-to-understand guidelines to help you avoid some common portion-size pitfalls. <BR> Basic Guidelines <BR> 1 cup = baseball <BR> ½ cup = lightbulb <BR> 1 oz or 2 tbsp = golf ball <BR> 1 tbsp = poker chip <BR> 3 oz chicken or meat = deck of cards <BR> 3 oz fish = checkbook <BR> <BR> Grains <BR> 1 cu... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 15:12:35 EST How to Change Emotional Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x48952209 How to Change Emotional Eating <BR> WebMD Medical Reference <BR> View Article Source <BR> Reviewed by Andrew Muir, MD on February 12, 2012 <BR> © 2012 WebMD, LLC. All rights reserved. <BR> <BR> It's been a bad day at work. The kids have been misbehaving all day. You're stressed. How do you deal with it? Maybe by gobbling an extra piece of fried chicken? Or reaching into the bag of chips while zoning out in front of the television? Perhaps by snuggling up with a container of ice cream and spo... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 15:10:54 EST Learn To Take It Easy and Enjoy Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4616x20039x48925313 Learn To Take It Easy and Enjoy Life <BR> Source: Health Guidance <BR> <BR> Can you remember your childhood days? During those times, nothing yet seemed complicated - all we had to think about were crayons, cookies, or Santa Claus. We didn't care about the things we didn't know because we were just too oblivious of the things that might bother us. <BR> But as we grow older, we get anxious with the things that surround us - life and death, loving and parting, success and failure, to name a fe... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 21:57:20 EST Menopausal Depression Is Common and Treatable http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x48924267 Menopausal Depression Is Common and Treatable <BR> By Colette Dowling, LMSW <BR> <BR> Menopausal depression has long been the subject of controversy. The question has been: Do women have a vulnerability to becoming depressed at menopause, or don't they? <BR> Menopausal depression is a complicated subject because so much happens to women at mid-life. Certainly they undergo dramatic hormonal changes, and sometimes--for example, after hysterectomy--with shocking abruptness. Hysterectomies are h... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 20:46:17 EST What treatments work for the menopause http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x48872343 What treatments work for the menopause? <BR> BMJ Group Medical Reference <BR> <BR> The menopause isn't an illness. It's a normal part of every woman's life. <BR> But, for some women, the symptoms of the menopause can be distressing. Hot flushes can be uncomfortable and cause sleepless nights. A dry vagina can make sex painful. And you may have other problems, such as feeling depressed. <BR> <BR> If your symptoms are bad and interfere with your life, you don't have to just put up with them.... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 16:33:07 EST Too young for this http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20039x45885790 My name is Crystal, I am 33 years old and now post menopausal. I had a total hysterectomy a little over 2 years ago (or so I thought), then last december found out that I still had half of my left ovary embedded in my bowel. So after a 5 hour surgery and a colon resection, the menopausal symptoms finally started. I thought I was just breezing right along until my last surgery. I have two kids, one is 16 and the other is 9. I am a nurse working as an instructor at our local community coll... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 18:18:03 EST Newbie here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20039x45053142 Hi I am Sandra ,I am 47 soon to be 48 on Wednesday.I am menopausal after having a full hysterectomy in 2008.I am Taking HRT now for for 2 & 1/2 yrs.I had a very difficult time after the surgery metally ,physically ,you name it I had experienced it.My gynecologist sent me home with no hrt.I was full of energy and vitality.I had lost about 100lbs prior to the surgery and has kept it of for about 3yrs.Well the gym was my second home then and I did 3 classes a day 5 times a week.I loved it !!!! ... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 01:42:26 EST New to this site. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20039x42005390 I have read various message boards but never actually tried it. Although I am generally quite outgoing in my work and volunteer activities I tend to be be very private about my personal life, and that includes my struggles with weight. I lost 50 pounds of pregnancy on Weight Watchers in the 1980's and kept it off until I entered menopause. I have been been gradually gaining over the past year and want to halt that process. My greatest challenge will be taking it slow and not burning out in th... Tue, 24 May 2011 00:44:08 EST New to the Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20039x37867789 Hi everyone. My name is Dion. I just joined the team, and I am so glad I found it. I started Spark at the end of September, and I started HRT mid-October. I have gained 4 pounds in the past 2 weeks, with no change in diet or exercise. It's very frustrating, and difficult to stay motivated. Anyone out there going through the same thing? <BR> <BR> Thu, 11 Nov 2010 11:49:42 EST Trying Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20039x34222401 Hello, I'm new , this is my first official day. I'm a homeschool mom with two kids. A son age 13 and daughter age10. I'll be married 20 years in June and will turn 50 in December. I'm hoping to learn some ideas about losing weight with low thyroid and menopause. I just keep gaining. I've tried diets, eating plans and exercise in the past, but can't seem to lose. :-{ I'm trying once again!!! I want to be healthier and in less pain!! Tue, 18 May 2010 11:04:56 EST New to this group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20039x32033945 I was hoping to find something like this on Spark but this does not seem to be a very active team. I am premenopausal and am using bio-identicals. It took me some time to figure out what the heck was wrong with me and why I wanted to die!! I was miserable. I read the Suzanne Sommers book and saw her on Oprah and it all started to click. So I am feeling mostly better but still have weight issues. I wish I could spend hours in the gym everyday but being a mom, wife and working full time its ver... Wed, 17 Feb 2010 15:26:11 EST HRT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x30128035 I have been on HRT since May of this yr. I am on a patch.. Does anyone do this and is it as bad as people say.. At least I can now sleep at night, and no hot flashes.. Fri, 4 Dec 2009 00:10:29 EST PREMARIN? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x26339704 I am 60 years old and thinking about going back on my Premarin; I have been off for awhile but these hot flashes are awful; I guess age has nothing to do with this; My doctor says you have to think about the quality of life you have and he lets me have them ; I had a hysterectomy in the 30; I never took any thing but Premarin, I started taking it in my 40; so who knows I just thought this would help to talk to others; thanks NANCY Mon, 15 Jun 2009 17:51:48 EST confused http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20039x25069742 Hi, im 52 and im not real sure what stage im at ,if at all.Three years ago my doctor put me on lowdose BC.Then the next year she put me on HRT, i hated that so she put me back on BC.Then last year for my annual exam i had to see her nurse practioner and she told me i wasnt in menopause?? My appt for this year is May 8th i cant wait to here what they tell me this time. Im getting so frustrated,not so much with symptons as the mixed messages from doctors grrr.Anyway i just wanted to join here i... Mon, 27 Apr 2009 14:24:29 EST Trying to do without the hormones... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x25040923 Ok, it's been over 2 weeks since I've stopped taking the hormone pills and I'm not having fun. I think I counted 5 hot flashes during the night last night and a couple small ones during the day so far and it's only 12:30 in the afternoon! LOL I'm having one right now as I type. It's not too bad. The house is cool, so that's fine. I'm probably going to break down and start taking them again when summer hits because we don't have central air. (I'm in NM) I'll be camped out in front of the windo... Sun, 26 Apr 2009 14:31:42 EST Equol? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x24341637 Has anyone heard of Equol? Wikipedia says it's a nonsteriodal estrogen. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equol <BR> It says S-Equol activates estrogen receptor type â. I'm not sure what the difference is between Equol and S-Equol - my college science classes were so long ago! Anyway, apparently, Equol can be bought OTC but since it's nonsteriodal, I wonder if it's better than regular estrogens. Wed, 1 Apr 2009 16:49:09 EST Greetings from Charlotte, NC http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20039x23516697 Hi Gals, <BR> <BR> I am happy to be aboard....sorry, my into is under the General disscussion message board....look for scavano on 3/5/09. I will submit a photo soon. <BR> <BR> scavano a/k/a Pepper a/k/a Stephanie Thu, 5 Mar 2009 14:16:55 EST Hi Ladies... .Checking in as a new member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x23506461 Good A.M. Gals, <BR> Stephanie here a/n/a Pepper. 57 Year young living in Charlotte, NC. Transplanted from NYS. Married 37 years. No kids. <BR> <BR> Quick background in health....I am 5' 0" and have kept off 20 lbs for the last 34 years. I am currently 102 lbs. I along with my husband had a long history of "infertility" and had one pregnancy in 9 years of trying that ended in a miscarriage. Having spent a good deal of my late 20's and early 30's seeing a fertility specialist, I learned... Thu, 5 Mar 2009 09:26:57 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20039x23292518 Hi all. I'm on HRT and it does'nt seem to help most of the time. I've been on it for approx. 4 months and I'm hot alot. I would like to be able to shed the weight gain around my abdomen. So, I'm glad to find others who are going through the same. Thu, 26 Feb 2009 20:04:11 EST What made you Smile today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4605x20039x22943075 My 7 month old grandson. Sun, 15 Feb 2009 23:42:26 EST What are your fears about HRT?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20039x22943044 I've heard all the horror stories of breast cancer and I just don't want to risk it and so I choose not to take HRT. Sun, 15 Feb 2009 23:41:02 EST Ladies I would love to hear your ideas for summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x22942993 First and foremost I am going to stay cool..LOL..I live in NE Texas..pphhhtttt...I would love to get away to the mountains in Arkansas and camp and walk through the cool streams. Sun, 15 Feb 2009 23:38:23 EST New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20039x22032421 HI all - I'm 44, mother of a 3 yr old and work full-time. My H commutes so I also do most of the childcare. After my daughter was born, I became hypothyroid. I've also had some perimenopause symptoms and am interested in reading posts on this forum. I have tried progesterone and testosterone creams, but they both made me pack on pounds I didn't need. I'm trying to be strict about my diet and exercise now and see if that helps. The "almost" night sweats and mood swings are better, but my... Mon, 19 Jan 2009 11:55:07 EST Is There A Safe HRT that Doesn't Cause Weight Gain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20039x21553186 Help...and thanks a million for your suggestions. Tue, 6 Jan 2009 19:11:22 EST Finding a doctor.. BHRT.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x21306190 Anyone else out there have a difficult time finding a doctor to prescribe BHRT. I live in Ohio and it is difficult. The one I am seeing currently I have to pay out of pocket for, alternative but also OBGYN, and she is trying to get me to do all of these other practices like acupuncture, supplements, and something called "time out" classes. I just want the BHRT so we'll see what she says at my next visit in late January... <BR> <BR> TJ Wed, 31 Dec 2008 00:57:55 EST Let's Share Our New Year's Commitment ts........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4605x20039x21210401 1. I will exercise more..2. I will eat healthier on a daily basis. 3. I will smile and laugh at myself more. 4. I will lose 29 pounds..YAYYYYYY Sat, 27 Dec 2008 15:25:30 EST Merry Christmas & Happy New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x21180923 Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all. Thu, 25 Dec 2008 23:12:09 EST Forgetfulness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x19288620 Lately I've been so forgetful, it's starting to worry me! Most of the time it's just small things like forgetting to take my reusable bags to the grocery store with me and forgetting to give the cashier my coupons but the other night, I forgot the van was behind me a ways and I backed the car into the van! <BR> <BR> I'm on Yaz bc pills for hormone replacement therapy and all the late forgetfulness was after my period was over. Is this normal for perimenopause?? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> <BR>... Mon, 13 Oct 2008 09:36:00 EST Good News-Good News http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x19008979 I lost 5 pounds, 1 inch off my waist, and 1 inch off my hips... <em>192</em> <em>30</em> <em>231</em> Thu, 2 Oct 2008 19:09:37 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x19008315 How is everyone doing today? <em>213</em> Thu, 2 Oct 2008 18:35:59 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20039x18654428 I'm new to this team and wonder about the makeup of it. I am 62 and have been on HRT for probably ten years. Started out with Estraderm patch, the next year Provera was added. At some point I was switched to Climera patch. Last summer I was put on Climera Pro. It was to be changed once a week like the Climera. I didn't realize it for awhile, but it was causing a mini-menopause so I started a complicated pattern of having the patches overlap. This summer I stayed on the Climera Pro but no... Sat, 20 Sep 2008 18:22:19 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20039x18654418 I'm new to this team and wonder about the makeup of it. I am 62 and have been on HRT for probably ten years. Started out with Estraderm patch, the next year Provera was added. At some point I was switched to Climera patch. Last summer I was put on Climera Pro. It was to be changed once a week like the Climera. I didn't realize it for awhile, but it was causing a mini-menopause so I started a complicated pattern of having the patches overlap. This summer I stayed on the Climera Pro but no... Sat, 20 Sep 2008 18:21:56 EST Naolee needs our prayers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4605x20039x17959014 Everyone Naolee is dealing w/Dr's. We all know what that is like! She has provided so much help on this team we need to pray for her to make sure she gets well faster. She lives in Purerto Rico so the health care is at it's best less than ours & to top it all off she goes to a VA hospital. I dunno if y'all have had the pleasure of that experience but my hubby qualifies & we pay for medical. Mon, 25 Aug 2008 17:49:36 EST I'm down http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x17810533 I'm down in weight. I have been on a plateau for what seems like weeks and it's falling again. I finally hit the 10 lb mark and am so thrilled. Everything seems to be going right as I finally got my SS appeal scheduled and I am losing again. I do all the right things even when I am on a plateau and know eventually it will catch up. It is just so great when it does. <BR> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> Tue, 19 Aug 2008 20:14:23 EST Does HRT make menopause easier or... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x17559645 Does HRT make perimenopause and menopause easier or does it put off the inevitable? My mom's been taking HRT for years and years, says she has hot flashes so bad she should have melted long ago. I've had hot flashes for a few years now but was on Prempro for a while and am currently taking Yaz. The doc doesn't want me taking it for too much longer, though, and sometimes I wonder if I should quit or keep taking it until the doc says "no more." So...my question is whether taking hormones will... Sun, 10 Aug 2008 21:57:34 EST Leaving the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x17489145 Hi family <BR> I am leaving SP because I'm not fine. I don't want to enter on details. I want to let you know I'm happy with all of you. Maybe I come back later, but at this moment I have to leave the team. Please don't let the team die. I know about teams with more than 100 hundreds persons dying and is very sat. If someone want to reach me I have my personal email address: micarambot@yahoo.com. Feel free to write to me, but let me know that you are from SP and your SP username. I feel grea... Fri, 8 Aug 2008 10:25:46 EST Menopause And Your Emotions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x17365642 Menopause And Your Emotions <BR> For the majority of women the onset of menopause is a slow process and so the emotional problems that can develop as a side effect of dwindling hormone levels can creep up without really being noticed. It is therefore only when you start to feel a bit down and dissatisfied with life, tearful and even depressed that you really start to notice your emotions being affected. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately many women try to hide or ignore the problem rather than face it... Mon, 4 Aug 2008 15:47:37 EST How Your Diet May Help With The Menopause http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x17276967 How Your Diet May Help With The Menopause <BR> These days it is thought that our diets can control most of the things that happen to us. We can prevent certain health risks and we can keep ourselves healthy, just by eating the right things. Well, the same is true with the menopause. By eating the right things it will help to make the menopause a lot more bearable. <BR> <BR> How the Diet Affects the Menopause <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You may be wondering just how your diet could affect the men... Fri, 1 Aug 2008 10:30:12 EST Healthy Eating During The Menopause http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x17242477 We have heard so much about hormone replacement therapy and medications for menopausal symptoms. While these may both help you, there is a much simpler way to help with some of the menopause discomforts: good healthy eating. Now more than ever, it is important to know what your body needs to function at its full potential. <BR> <BR> You may hear about all sorts of diets available and for every good one you will find a not so good one. Because weight gain is a symptom of menopause, many women... Thu, 31 Jul 2008 10:56:11 EST Exercise And Its Link To A Healthier Menopause http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x17214467 It is often said that a healthy diet and a regular exercise plan can help to prevent any heath problem from occurring. Well, whether or not you can prevent the problem from occurring is debatable, but you can certainly ease the symptoms in case a problem ever does arise! <BR> <BR> Why Exercise Is Good For the Menopause <BR> <BR> Let's face it, not everyone going through the menopause will feel like exercising regularly. Hot flushes, fatigue and constant mood swings can often leave us feelin... Wed, 30 Jul 2008 15:14:26 EST Exercise During The Menopausal Years http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x17181228 Many women tend to slow down during their menopausal years however it is vitally important to stay fit and active if possible. There are a number of reasons why exercise is important during the menopause and these include: <BR> <BR> Heart disease - menopause is known to increase the risk of developing heart disease however if the heart is kept active then the risk becomes reduced. Exercise also helps to strengthen the blood vessels so that good circulation is maintained and symptoms such as ... Tue, 29 Jul 2008 17:25:51 EST Learning to Cope http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x17102923 I have found that if you look for the positives then coping with these things becomes easier. Good things about my total hysterctomy. No more pain, no more bloating, no more period staining cloths. If you think more often about the good reasons the bad ones that come up are much easier to deal with at least this is what works the best for me. Sun, 27 Jul 2008 13:53:00 EST How To Avoid The Complications Of The Menopause http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x17100789 How To Avoid The Complications Of The Menopause <BR> <BR> The menopause happens to all women and it is now widely known that there are several complications that can arise after a woman reaches menopause. Fortunately however some of these potential complications can be avoided if some precautions are taken early in life. For example, the common complications include: <BR> <BR> An increased risk of developing heart disease <BR> An increased risk of developing osteoporosis <BR> Loss of bla... Sun, 27 Jul 2008 12:16:04 EST Risk Factors That Can Contribute To Early Menopaus http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x17056503 Risk Factors That Can Contribute To Early Menopause <BR> The natural menopause occurs in most women around the age of 50 however the established age range is anywhere from 40-58 years of age. If a women begins to experience the symptoms of the menopause before the age of 40 she is said to be having an early or premature menopause. This happens in around 15% of women and there are a number of risk factors that can increase the likelihood of an early menopause. <BR> <BR> 1. A family history of... Fri, 25 Jul 2008 17:41:05 EST ESTROGEN and PROGESTERONE need each other http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x16983186 ESTROGEN and PROGESTERONE need each other! And you need BOTH hormones! <BR> Look at the list below for SOME of the functions played by each hormone in the body. Notice how one hormone balances the other. <BR> Estrogen Effects Progesterone Effects <BR> <BR> <BR> • Weight gain • Utilizes fat for energy <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> • Depression, headaches • Natural antidepressant <BR> <BR> <BR> • Fibrocystic breasts • Protects fibrocystic breas... Wed, 23 Jul 2008 15:27:14 EST Menopausal Weight Gain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x16946069 ConsumerHealthDigest.com <BR> <BR> Menopausal Weight Gain <BR> <BR> Can Today's Products Help You? <BR> <BR> You don't have to look far to find the numerous ads promoting pre-menopausal and menopausal weight loss products. These over the counter weight-loss products promote the fact that they can combat weight gain in women who are pre-menopausal or menopausal. Menopause is a natural step in a woman's life cycle, yet the accompanying weight gain is an absolute concern. Recent studies have... Tue, 22 Jul 2008 14:58:30 EST Sophisticated diets 'no advantage' http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x16906578 Sophisticated diets 'no advantage' <BR> BBC News <BR> Sophisticated diets based on eating food from the major nutrient groups separately are no more effective than simple approaches, say researchers. <BR> "Food-combining" diets work on the principle that it is healthier and more effective to eat carbohydrates, fats and proteins separately. <BR> The theory is that the body finds it more easy to digest food in this way. <BR> The diets first came to prominence with the Hay Diet in the 1930s, ... Mon, 21 Jul 2008 15:05:56 EST The Risks of Abdominal Fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4616x20039x16854416 The Risks of Abdominal Fat <BR> Duke Diet & Fitness <BR> <BR> Medical research has found that where your body stores excess fat can affect your risk of health problems. Studies have shown that fat gained around the abdomen, or "belly fat," is the most dangerous, while fat in the hips, thighs, and buttocks appears to be less so. <BR> A large waist — greater than 40 inches for men or 35 inches for women — has been linked to increased risk of many serious illnesses, including heart disease, hi... Sat, 19 Jul 2008 16:41:11 EST Will be out of town http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x16831731 I will be gone for a good part of next week as I have to go out of town for husband's medical appts. I have difficulty getting computer time so may not post much but will catch up when I get home. Fri, 18 Jul 2008 17:22:04 EST 'Diet dust' hope for obese http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x16821706 'Diet dust' hope for obese <BR> BBC News <BR> People suffering from obesity could soon be treated with magic "diet dust" which would encourage them to eat less, according to scientists. <BR> <BR> A report by the government-backed forecasting organisation Foresight says a new generation of slimming foods could become a reality if biochemists work closely with food manufacturers. <BR> <BR> The "mood food" would be sprinkled over a dish in the same way as salt and pepper. <BR> <BR> Chemica... Fri, 18 Jul 2008 11:38:10 EST Mantras May Help Cut Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x16749813 Mantras May Help Cut Stress <BR> Choose a Mantra and Use It Regularly, Researcher Says <BR> By Miranda Hitti <BR> WebMD Health News <BR> Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD <BR> March 3, 2006 -- Mantras can help with stress reduction, new research shows. <BR> Mantras, or mantrams, are a word or phrase with spiritual meaning, write Jill Bormann, PhD, RN, and colleagues in the Journal of Advanced Nursing. <BR> The researchers studied 30 veterans and 36 hospital workers at the Veterans Affairs San Die... Wed, 16 Jul 2008 09:31:27 EST Give (or Get) the Gift of Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4616x20039x16728964 Give (or Get) the Gift of Health <BR> Now that you're making healthy living a part of your life, why not make it part of your gift giving — and getting — as well? Share your new lifestyle with others by giving gifts that will encourage them to adopt the same kinds of healthy habits you've adopted. And if your friends or loved ones solicit ideas for holiday or birthday gifts for you, suggest items that will help you reach your goals. You'll have more incentive to keep up with the healthy chang... Tue, 15 Jul 2008 15:52:57 EST The Weight–D pression Connection http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x16686442 The Weight–Depression Connection <BR> Duke Diet & Fitness <BR> Did you know that in any given year, around 18 million American adults deal with depression or a related condition? Depression is more than just persistent feelings of sadness or being "down in the dumps" — it's an illness that affects your body, your mood, and your thoughts. It's a leading cause of disability, and experts think that many people who experience depression do not receive a diagnosis or treatment. That's a shame, sin... Mon, 14 Jul 2008 12:07:56 EST I"m new, new new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20039x16671676 Hi all, <BR> Glad to find this team. Not only did I just join SP two days ago, I began HRT three days ago! <BR> <BR> I am 49 and have been experiencing peri/menopause for about 10 years (or more observing in retrospect). A few years ago I went to my gynecologist and we discussed HRT and I said "ah, it's not THAT bad - a few hot flashes - I should be able to handle that......." <BR> <BR> A few years later I realized, it's not just a few hot flashes! I'm miserable! The weight-gain, the he... Sun, 13 Jul 2008 22:27:59 EST Keep "Me" a Priority http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x16654671 Keep "Me" a Priority <BR> Duke Diet & Fitness <BR> As you continue your lifelong journey toward health and fitness, remember to keep putting yourself and your needs on your to-do list! <BR> It's so easy to let the demands of family, work, friends, and other commitments take precedence in your life. For example, time for working out may get replaced by the need to chauffeur your kids to and from their scout meetings and dance classes. Or time for preparing healthy meals may get supplanted by... Sun, 13 Jul 2008 09:34:46 EST Your Exercise Routine: How Much Is Enough? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4616x20039x16603492 Your Exercise Routine: How Much Is Enough? <BR> Health experts advise 30-90 minutes exercise daily. Is that realistic for you? Find out if 30 is enough for you. <BR> By Heather Hatfield <BR> WebMD Feature <BR> Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD <BR> In January 2005, the U.S. government released a new set of dietary guidelines essentially telling us that as Americans get bigger, so does the length of time we need to be physically active. <BR> While it's a little more involved than that, the gui... Fri, 11 Jul 2008 10:01:14 EST What's in Your Cookie Jar? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4616x20039x16570517 What's in Your Cookie Jar? <BR> Duke Diet & Fitness <BR> When you're in need of comfort, a reward, or a distraction, do you reach for food? That's what many of us feel as though we're programmed to do. But there are plenty of healthy ways to give yourself a lift or distract yourself that don't involve food. This week we're going to give your old cookie jar a makeover. <BR> Perhaps you used to reach for cookies to perk yourself up when you were feeling down, or to indulge yourself when you di... Thu, 10 Jul 2008 09:33:47 EST 9 Alternatives to Hormone Therapy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x16547641 9 Alternatives to Hormone Therapy <BR> Here's how to get your menopausal symptoms under control — without the hormones. <BR> By Juhie Bhatia <BR> The Change, Under Control <BR> Menopause may be a natural part of a woman's life, but its effects don't always feel that way. The "change" usually occurs around age 50 and its symptoms — which can include hot flashes, mood swings, insomnia, and vaginal dryness — can range from nonexistent to debilitating. If your symptoms are severe, you may need to... Wed, 9 Jul 2008 15:21:31 EST Menopause And Osteoporosis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x16500021 Menopause And Osteoporosis <BR> You may not be fully aware of the fact that the menopause does actually have quite a large effect on Osteoporosis, and generally most women do tend to get it as they get older. This is down to the fact that you have lower estrogen levels and if left naturally, you are likely to get Osteoporosis. <BR> Why the Menopause Effects Osteoporosis <BR> <BR> When you go through the menopause, your estrogen levels drop. They do not increase again and it is a long term e... Tue, 8 Jul 2008 08:53:57 EST Menopause and depresion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x16466667 Menopause and depresion <BR> There are many physical symptoms associated with the menopause and while these can be annoying they are often easily controlled and treated. Depression however can be more taxing and as it is quite common in the years leading up to menopause then it needs to be attended to as soon as it makes an appearance. <BR> The symptoms of depression can be mild or severe and as such they can affect quality of life to a large extent in some women. These symptoms include: <BR>... Mon, 7 Jul 2008 09:25:14 EST The Effect of Hormones http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x16441254 The Effect of Hormones <BR> everydayhealth.com <BR> Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can involve emotional fluctuations on top of physical symptoms such as bloating and tiredness. Women with PMS may feel sad, anxious, irritable, and angry. They may also suffer from crying spells, mood changes, trouble concentrating, loss of interest in daily activities, and a feeling of being overwhelmed or out of control. Sometimes depression is mistaken for PMS, or vice versa. To help distinguish the two, chart ... Sun, 6 Jul 2008 09:33:55 EST Yoga and You http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20039x16425327 Yoga and You <BR> Duke Diet & Fitness <BR> The practice of yoga was developed in India roughly 5,000 years ago to encourage emotional, physical, and spiritual wellness. While it's an ancient art, the popularity of this form of exercise continues to this day. It's easy to see why — yoga not only improves balance, flexibility, and muscle strength, but it also can help to relieve stress. <BR> Yoga is composed of a series of very specific movements, or poses, aimed at building strength and balan... Sat, 5 Jul 2008 13:41:20 EST Menopausal Symptoms and Natural Treatments http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x16408717 Menopausal Symptoms and Natural Treatments <BR> The hormonal changes of menopause can produce a wide variety of symptoms, ranging from hot flashes and vaginal dryness to anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Many of these symptoms are undoubtedly caused by the natural decrease in estrogen production that occurs at menopause; however, the human body is so complex that other hormonal factors undoubtedly also play a role. <BR> Menopause is not a disease. It is clearly a natural process, but one tha... Fri, 4 Jul 2008 15:45:08 EST Bioidentical Hormones http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x16385207 Bioidentical Hormones <BR> Finally, some clear information on hormone replacement therapy <BR> By Stacey Colino <BR> <BR> <BR> Ever since Suzanne Somers’ book Ageless: The Naked Truth About Bioidentical Hormones hit bookstore shelves last year, there’s been a flurry of attention focused on this alternative form of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). And yet there are still loads of misconceptions about what bioidentical hormones are and how they work. <BR> <BR> This is partly because t... Thu, 3 Jul 2008 15:38:42 EST Women Don't Notice 40% of Their Hot Flashes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4616x20039x16341160 Women Don't Notice 40% of Their Hot Flashes <BR> <BR> <BR> Published: 06/26/08 <BR> THURSDAY, June 26 (HealthDay News) -- Women tend to miss almost half their menopause-related hot flashes, which are associated with memory problems, according to a University of Illinois at Chicago study that included 29 women with moderate to severe hot flashes. <BR> The women wore monitors that measured skin changes during a hot flash. Both subjective (self-reported) and objective (detected by the monitor)... Wed, 2 Jul 2008 08:36:44 EST Weight gain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x16309210 Menopause: Weight gain <BR> Weight gain information contributed by: <BR> Dr.Jane Johnston MBChB, MRCGP <BR> Fact <BR> Every year over the age of 40 years - our Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR - the rate at which we burn off calories) slows down. Sadly this means that if we continue to follow our current eating and exercise pattern we will gain a pound a year! How depressing! We need to reduce our intake or increase our exercise to stay the same. <BR> Why do women gain weight at the menopause? <B... Tue, 1 Jul 2008 09:17:29 EST A to Z of menopause and medical conditions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x16277430 A to Z of menopause and medical conditions <BR> A <BR> Angina <BR> Much controversy continues to surround the topic of heart disease and the use of HRT. Current opinion states that HRT should not be used for the treatment or prevention of coronary heart disease, though it is likely that different types and routes of hormone therapy will have different effects. Menopausal women with angina requiring treatment for menopausal symptoms should be offered non-hormonal therapies initially. If thes... Mon, 30 Jun 2008 10:07:46 EST A Meaningful Life... ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x16257689 [quote] <BR> From Health Reflections <BR> <BR> “Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all.” - Sam Ewing, humorist <BR> <BR> A meaningful life requires hard work. <BR> <BR> Part of being a good leader and good example is holding people accountable to their promises. To reach your goals, you need to be a strong leader of yourself. That means making sure you live up to the promises you made to yourself and... Sun, 29 Jun 2008 16:07:22 EST Menopause and HRT after Hysterectomy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x16249517 Menopause and HRT after Hysterectomy. <BR> Many women undergo hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus or womb) for various gynaecological reasons. These include intolerable periods not controlled by medical means, fibroids, endometriosis, prolapse, and malignant or premalignant changes of the uterus, cervix or ovary. <BR> Hysterectomy can either be TOTAL, where both the uterus and cervix are removed, or SUB-TOTAL, where the main part of the uterus is removed but the cervix is retained. I... Sun, 29 Jun 2008 10:10:46 EST Economy & A Budget! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x16157886 Any one else finding the price of things so high I need a budget to not just buy what I used too & only get what I need! <BR> <BR> I am hoping team members will have some great ideas. I am new to this! Thu, 26 Jun 2008 08:18:07 EST Green Tea and Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x16127264 Green Tea and Weight Loss <BR> Duke Diet & Fitness <BR> You may have noticed ads for products containing green tea or green tea extract that promise easier weight loss and a higher metabolism. But do these products work? The short answer: No one yet knows for sure. <BR> First, you need to remember to be wary of any product that promises a quick and easy path to weight loss. These magic bullets just don't exist! No pill or potion can replace the need for a balanced diet and regular exercise i... Wed, 25 Jun 2008 09:59:01 EST Armour Shortage! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x16073574 This is dedicated to those who suffer thyroid disease as well perimenopause. <BR> <BR> This little article made for a bad beginning of a weekend. Luckily, I phoned my pharmacy and doctor and we are working on alternative meds incase I am affected by this shortage. <BR> <BR> [quote] <BR> Thyroid Disease Blog <BR> By Mary Shomon, About.com Guide to Thyroid Disease since 1997 <BR> <BR> Thyroid Drug Shortage Affecting Patients: Patients Face Crisis in Getting Armour Thyroid <BR> Monday Jun... Mon, 23 Jun 2008 17:12:30 EST Emotional Triggers Behind Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x16059056 Emotional Triggers Behind Eating <BR> You just got into a knockdown-dragout fight with your spouse. Or your kid. Or your mom. Or the guy behind you in the checkout line. Your reaction is to head for the kitchen to soothe yourself with something smooth, fattening, creamy, sugary, salty, or crunchy — pick your poison. <BR> Sound familiar? If so, you're an emotional eater. But you've probably figured that out already. You've probably also figured out that unhealthy overeating leads not only to... Mon, 23 Jun 2008 09:40:03 EST Attitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4605x20039x16057524 Attitude <BR> <BR> <BR> There once was a woman who woke up one morning, <BR> looked in the mirror, <BR> and noticed she had only three hairs on her head. <BR> 'Well,' she said, 'I think I'll braid my hair today.' <BR> So she did and she had a wonderful day. <BR> <BR> The next day she woke up, <BR> looked in the mirror <BR> and saw that she had only two hairs on her head. <BR> 'H-M-M,' she said, <BR> 'I think I'll part my hair down the middle today.' <BR> So she did and she had a gra... Mon, 23 Jun 2008 08:50:02 EST Sticky topic! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x16042065 Hey gals if you do not like a sticky subject you need to speach up! Only the leaders can attach them & we need input so send us a spark mail any of us if you don't like one. I put the sticky's on the easy ones so you can earn poiints! Sun, 22 Jun 2008 16:47:26 EST Eating With Awareness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4616x20039x16006551 Eating With Awareness <BR> Duke Diet & Fitness <BR> We all have them, those irresistible foods that we can't seem to eat enough of. If we're not paying attention as we eat them — perhaps because we're watching TV or doing work at our desks — we may look down to find we've eaten three helpings of lasagna or an entire bag of chips. <BR> One way to prevent this kind of overeating is to practice eating with awareness, or "mindfully." When you eat mindfully, your aim is to focus solely on the he... Sat, 21 Jun 2008 07:53:21 EST A Gym-Free Cardio Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x15976755 A Gym-Free Cardio Workout <BR> To get a good cardiovascular workout, you don't need a gym membership, a fitness class, or expensive equipment. Consider the following non-gym options to get your blood pumping. (Note that the number of calories burned is based on a weight of 150 pounds. If you weigh less, you'll burn fewer calories; if you weigh more, you'll burn more.) <BR> • Walking: Strap on your sneakers and burn between 200 and 300 calories an hour, depending on your speed. <BR> • Runnin... Fri, 20 Jun 2008 08:25:01 EST Coffee: Good or Bad? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x15945565 Coffee: Good or Bad? <BR> Duke Diet & Fitness <BR> To drink coffee or not to drink coffee: That is the question. Over the years, we've received many conflicting messages about this popular and addictive beverage. Concerns that it may lead to high blood pressure and heart disease once prompted some health-conscious folks to give it up, but a few recent studies have shown no link to heart disease in healthy people. In fact, some research indicates that coffee can actually decrease the risk of c... Thu, 19 Jun 2008 08:14:48 EST Coping With Cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4616x20039x15913072 Coping With Cravings <BR> Duke Diet & Fitness <BR> This week, let's focus on cravings. You know, those urges that tell you to stop everything and eat a certain food? The truth is, these cravings and urges are normal and to be expected. They are not a sign of failure. Instead, they provide an opportunity to learn what your triggers are. <BR> Try thinking of cravings as ocean waves. Just as a wave recedes after it peaks, a craving will recede if you do not feed it with your thoughts or actions... Wed, 18 Jun 2008 07:40:06 EST Did anyone notice the 25 point's is off the wheel? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x15911234 I was trying to spin it & it's gone! Wonder why? <em>39</em> Wed, 18 Jun 2008 04:40:49 EST Can Hormone Therapy Treat Bipolar Disorder? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4616x20039x15881691 Ask Dr. JoAnn Manson <BR> Can Hormone Therapy Treat Bipolar Disorder? <BR> Q: My doctor is encouraging me to consider HRT for my bipolar disorder. His thinking is that hormone imbalances will contribute to bipolar disorder instability. I still have periods monthly, though I do experience night sweats. I am 52. Do you think HRT will help? Are there any concerns? <BR> — ???, Virginia <BR> A: There's no evidence that hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, is beneficial for the treatment of bipol... Tue, 17 Jun 2008 08:43:16 EST Living With Back Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4616x20039x15846195 Living With Back Pain <BR> EverydayHealth <BR> 10 Back-Saving Habits <BR> Everyday activities, from vacuuming your house to sitting in front of the computer for hours, can take a toll on your back, particularly if you aren’t schooled in proper body mechanics. But you can take some of the pressure off your back by following these simple tips: <BR> 1. While standing to perform ordinary tasks like ironing or folding laundry, keep one foot on a small stepstool. <BR> 2. Don’t remain sitting or ... Mon, 16 Jun 2008 08:48:18 EST Lighten Up Family Favorites http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x15823002 Lighten Up Family Favorites <BR> Duke Diet & Fitness <BR> Remember Mom's rich brownies? Or Grandpa's five-alarm chili? They're in every family — sacred recipes that get passed down through the generations. The problem is that family favorites often aren't as healthy as they could be. But with a few alterations to the recipe and cooking methods, you can still enjoy the tastes you love while cutting out excess fat and calories. Try the following tips: <BR> Spray, don't pour: Coat pans and baki... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 09:46:02 EST Acting child like! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4605x20039x15802262 Any one here trying to do something they haven't tried in sometime & realize ya can't do it. <BR> <BR> Well I have been doing enof for all of you & a friend sent me an article on how to act like an younster like we did as children playing hopstotch, jumping rope or just plain old bike riding. <BR> <BR> I have been waterskiing for yrs but this yr I had to teach myself how to do it again. The same w/roller skating. Back to the drawing board hope I can remember how to draw. <BR> <BR> Give i... Sat, 14 Jun 2008 09:44:07 EST Healthy Preworkout Snacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4605x20039x15776740 Healthy Preworkout Snacks <BR> Duke Diet & Fitness <BR> Do you often have a snack before your workouts? While eating before you exercise may seem a little counterintuitive — after all, isn't one of the aims of exercise to burn calories? — it can actually be a good move. If it's time for your workout but you haven't eaten anything for a few hours or more, a snack can give you the energy you need to get going. And it can prevent you from being so hungry when you're done exercising that you make... Fri, 13 Jun 2008 10:24:25 EST What is salmonellosis? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x15741187 What is salmonellosis? <BR> Salmonellosis is a type of food poisoning caused by the salmonella bacterium. There are many different kinds of these bacteria; Salmonella typhimurium and Salmonella enteritidis are the most common types in the United States. <BR> Every year, approximately 40,000 cases of salmonellosis are reported in the U.S. Because many milder cases are not diagnosed or reported, the actual number of infections may be 30 or more times greater.1 Salmonellosis is more common in th... Thu, 12 Jun 2008 09:20:33 EST FAT, CARBOHYDRATES. INSTEAD OF..., TRY... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4616x20039x15706961 FAT: <BR> The fat in the foods you eat can make you fat! While too much of any kind of fat can make you gain weight, small amounts of fats are needed for good health. These "better" fats are called polyunsaturates and monounsaturates. Polyunsaturated fats are found in vegetable oils such as corn, safflower, soybean and sesame. Monounsaturated fats are found in olive, canola and peanut oils, and in avocado. Small amounts of these "better" fats can be eaten daily. <BR> Saturated fats, sometimes... Wed, 11 Jun 2008 08:18:46 EST Bio-Identicals: Sorting Myths from Facts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x15644266 Bio-Identicals: Sorting Myths from Facts <BR> "A natural, safer alternative to dangerous prescription drugs" <BR> "Can slim you down by reducing hormonal imbalances" <BR> "Prevents Alzheimer's disease and senility" <BR> All of these claims have been made by marketers of compounded "bio-identical" hormones, also known as "bio-identical hormone replacement therapy" (BHRT). But these claims are unproven. FDA is concerned that claims like these mislead women and health care professionals, giving ... Mon, 9 Jun 2008 09:18:57 EST All About Olive Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x15632008 All About Olive Oil <BR> The South Beach Diet <BR> By now you've probably heard about the cardiovascular benefits of olive oil, which scientists attribute to its monounsaturated fatty acids. "Good oils are not just neutral alternatives to unhealthy saturated and trans fats," says Dr. Arthur Agatston, preventive cardiologist and author of The South Beach Diet. "They're actually good for you," he adds. However, when you go to the store to buy a bottle of olive oil, you may be bombarded with a v... Sun, 8 Jun 2008 20:20:25 EST Manage Your Plan Like a Business http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4616x20039x15570750 Manage Your Plan Like a Business <BR> One way to think of approaching your weight-loss journey is to liken the process to that of running a business. In business, you begin with a detailed plan that includes specific information about your goals and what steps you plan to take to achieve them. Also in the plan is a list of possible obstacles you might face and the actions you will take to overcome them should they arise. Once you've thought through and planned for as many variables as you can... Fri, 6 Jun 2008 08:11:00 EST Hot Flash Bandaid! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4605x20039x15566161 You can put a cool rag on the back of your neck-get two so one can soak while wearing one. Put ice cubes behind your knees. Also a frozen water bottle in your shorts or waist line clothes-Underware if need be. It will cool you down to a normal temp very slowly but it is only a bandaid. You have to keep freezing the bottles so do 2 there as well. Just a few tricks I learned from working for cheap bosses that won't turn the air up. <BR> Thu, 5 Jun 2008 23:57:24 EST What to do if you forget to pack your pills http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x15542278 What to do if you forget to pack your pills <BR> By David Stanley <BR> <BR> I can usually spot a vacationer the moment one walks into the store. Anxiety is plastered on his face as he makes a beeline straight to the pharmacy counter. He's worried, a little disoriented, and the first words out of his mouth are almost always, "I'm here from out of town..." He has left his prescription medicine at home. It happens more often than you might think. <BR> <BR> <BR> The good news is there is no re... Thu, 5 Jun 2008 09:04:39 EST When Life Throws You a Curveball http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4616x20039x15524629 When Life Throws You a Curveball <BR> Duke diet & fitness <BR> Even if you're not a baseball fan, you know a curveball is a tricky pitch: It doesn't follow the path you expect, it can surprise you by arriving when you're not ready for it, and if you're not careful, it can leave you with a painful bruise. That's why we refer to unexpected developments in life as curveballs. <BR> Change can be an unsettling experience. And yet, it's been said that the one thing you can count on in life is chan... Wed, 4 Jun 2008 16:35:17 EST Cholesterol Test Spots When HRT Raises Heart Risks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x15480614 Cholesterol Test Spots When HRT Raises Heart Risks <BR> <BR> Published: 05/22/08 <BR> THURSDAY, May 22 (HealthDay News) -- Standard cholesterol evaluations may help predict which women are at risk for heart problems while taking hormone replacement therapy, and which women are not. <BR> Simply put, those with good cholesterol levels experience no increased risk for heart attacks while taking hormone therapy, while women with high levels do have a heightened risk, a new study suggests. <BR> B... Tue, 3 Jun 2008 10:46:28 EST Anyone going on a fun vacation this summer? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4605x20039x15444674 I am going camping again in July! Let us know your summer plans! Mon, 2 Jun 2008 11:02:08 EST Boost Your Body Image http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x15441824 Boost Your Body Image <BR> Duke Diet & Fitness <BR> When you think of your body, what thoughts come to mind? Do you focus on what's "wrong"? Do you feel embarrassed about your body? Like so many people who struggle with weight, you may find it difficult — or perhaps not even know how — to work toward a healthier relationship with your own body. But you can learn to accept and appreciate yourself. <BR> A healthy lifestyle is about more than eating well and exercising — it is about accepting a... Mon, 2 Jun 2008 09:42:00 EST Stress and Other Causes of Obesity http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x15441691 Stress and Other Causes of Obesity <BR> From the Harvard Health Publications Special Health Report, Weigh Less, Live Longer: Strategies for Successful Weight Loss. Copyright 2001 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College. <BR> Obesity experts now believe that a number of different aspects of American society may conspire to promote weight gain. Stress is a common thread intertwining these factors. For example, these days it's commonplace to work long hours and take shorter or less freq... Mon, 2 Jun 2008 09:38:23 EST Watch your diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x15388160 Watch your diet <BR> What would we expect of someone who feeds only on fast food and unhealthy snacks filled with sugar and fats? A healthy body? Long life? No, we would expect physical health to be largely the product of physical intake. Is it any different in the spirit? <BR> Modern culture is saturated with unhealthy spiritual food—from the lusts of the flesh and the eyes, to the human pride of the self-life, to elaborate and deceptive worldviews and philosophies. Hundreds of television ch... Sat, 31 May 2008 10:21:17 EST Your 12 Most Embarrassing Beauty Questions ....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x15371978 Your 12 Most Embarrassing Beauty Questions -- Answered <BR> <BR> WebMD Feature from "Redbook" Magazine <BR> By Amy M. Keller. <BR> When the normal bacteria on your feet interact with moisture trapped in your socks and shoes, they emit stinky sulfurous byproducts, says Doris J. Day, M.D., an assistant professor of dermatology at New York University. <BR> 1. What causes foot odor? <BR> The fix: Since dry feet equals odor-free feet, wear absorbent cotton socks with shoes made from breathable m... Fri, 30 May 2008 16:57:01 EST Treatment of obstructive sleep apnea with CPAP m.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x15371877 Treatment of obstructive sleep apnea with CPAP may lower blood pressure <BR> ATS 2008, TORONTO—Treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) may also lower blood pressure among hypertensive adults, according to researchers in Spain, who will present his findings at the American Thoracic Society’s 2008 International Conference in Toronto on Sunday, May 18. <BR> The study included 394 consecutive patients with high blood pressure and non-sleepy OSA—... Fri, 30 May 2008 16:52:54 EST It's Not Your Mother's Menopause http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x15326510 It's Not Your Mother's Menopause <BR> Get ready for today's modern, more optimistic approach to life during -- and after -- menopause <BR> By Hilary Parker <BR> WebMD Feature <BR> Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD <BR> "The Change" has changed. <BR> The symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes and loss of libido, are still the same, but today's women are taking a modern approach to menopause. Forget the embarrassment -- they're heading in droves to see Menopause: The Musical and joining th... Thu, 29 May 2008 09:45:38 EST Ask Dr. Lori Mosca http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20039x15239394 Ask Dr. Lori Mosca <BR> The Effect of Female Hormones on Heart Health <BR> Q: "Is there a relationship between female hormones and heart disease?" <BR> – ???, North Carolina <BR> A: Yes, there is. The female sex hormones, estrogen and progesterone, are produced by the ovaries in women before menopause. These hormones are responsible for menstruation and for women's reproductive function. In general, premenopausal women are protected from heart disease compared with men of similar age. Howeve... Mon, 26 May 2008 15:13:39 EST Patch Form of HRT Poses Less Clotting Risks ...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x15239349 Patch Form of HRT Poses Less Clotting Risks Than Pill Does <BR> <BR> <BR> Published: 05/23/08 <BR> THURSDAY, May 22 (HealthDay News) -- Women who take hormone replacement therapy via skin patches may face a lower risk of blood clots than women who take the therapy orally. <BR> The new finding could change the risk-benefit ratio for women who are considering hormone therapy to relieve hot flashes, night sweats and other symptoms of menopause. <BR> "One main clinical implication is to conside... Mon, 26 May 2008 15:11:46 EST Multivitamin Supplements http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x15196411 Multivitamin Supplements <BR> Duke Diet & Fitness <BR> Should you take a multivitamin supplement? If you eat a healthy, balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and lean protein, you probably don't need one. But if you want to be sure you're getting the recommended daily amounts of important vitamins and minerals, a multivitamin pill can be a good way to do so. <BR> Vitamins and minerals are nutrients found in foods that your body needs to function... Sat, 24 May 2008 18:23:26 EST Hormone Therapy Safe, Effective for Women Ente.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x15159807 Hormone Therapy Safe, Effective for Women Entering Menopause <BR> <BR> <BR> Published: 05/20/08 <BR> TUESDAY, May 20 (HealthDay News) -- Many women, and even some physicians, quickly abandoned the use of hormone replacement therapy in 2002, after the large Women's Health Study suggested that the treatment might harm women who were long past menopause. <BR> But now a team of international experts has concluded that for women in early menopause, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can safely pr... Fri, 23 May 2008 09:33:48 EST Home remedies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4616x20039x15157632 Any one here w/some good ole home remedies? Any kind are good! I admit I use chic noodle soup! Fri, 23 May 2008 08:13:54 EST Friendly Cities for Women http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x15141993 Friendly Cities for Women <BR> <BR> Published: 05/19/08 <BR> MONDAY, May 19 (HealthDay News) -- Women who want to keep their hearts in tip-top shape face the fewest challenges in Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. <BR> Those three cities top the list of the 10 most heart-healthy U.S. metropolitan areas for women, a list that's dominated by western communities. <BR> But the list, released Monday by the American Heart Association, also found the 10 metropolitan areas -- mostly i... Thu, 22 May 2008 17:03:13 EST Ask Dr. JoAnn Manson http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20039x15095934 Ask Dr. JoAnn Manson <BR> How Long Do Hot Flashes Last? <BR> Q: I know that hot flashes are part of menopause, but for how long do they normally continue? I have had them for ten years already. I took Premarin until age 58, and then my doctor decided it was not really necessary and discontinued it. Since then I've got hot flashes again. I am going to be 61, and I still get them every day and often at night. When is this ever going to stop? <BR> — ???, Arkansas <BR> A: You seem to be among t... Wed, 21 May 2008 09:27:23 EST Question & Answer About the WHY postmenop ausal... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x15067135 Question & Answer About the WHY postmenopausal hormones therapy trials <BR> Q. Can you summarize the results of the estrogen-plus-progestin and estrogen-alone studies? <BR> A. Summaries of the findings are given below. However, be aware that the findings for the two studies should not be compared directly because of differences in the women's characteristics at the time of their enrollment in the studies. For example, those in the estrogen-alone study had a higher risk of cardiovascular dise... Tue, 20 May 2008 10:11:24 EST Self-talk and Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x15067020 Self-talk and Exercise <BR> When you work out, what messages are running through your head? How you think about exercise greatly influences how you feel about it — and how likely you are to stick with it. If your self-talk during exercise is all negative, your experience with exercise will be negative, too. <BR> Do any of the following thoughts sound familiar? <BR> • I don't like exercise. <BR> • I'm not a natural athlete. <BR> • I'll never get better at this. <BR> • Everyone is looking ... Tue, 20 May 2008 10:08:32 EST Hot Flashes Reduced by Neck Injection http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x15035689 Hot Flashes Reduced by Neck Injection <BR> <BR> <BR> Published: 05/15/08 <BR> THURSDAY, May 15 (HealthDay News) -- An injection of a local anesthetic into the nerves of the neck that regulate temperature could give breast cancer patients long-term relief from hot flashes and sleep deprivation, a new study suggests. <BR> Severe hot flashes often accompany treatment for breast cancer, especially among women taking anti-estrogen drugs. These hot flashes can become so severe that women stop tak... Mon, 19 May 2008 11:04:07 EST Planning for Long-Range Care http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4616x20039x15035327 Planning for Long-Range Care <BR> Very often, home is the best starting place for long-range care. Before you consider other alternatives, apply some energy and funds to bolstering independence there. First, identify your most likely needs during the coming years with your doctor, who may be able to link you up with local services. The Eldercare Locator can also assist you. Family and friends may help meet some needs or come up with solutions, too. <BR> <BR> Adapt your home. Stairs, baths, ... Mon, 19 May 2008 10:52:59 EST Timing of HRT May Influence Heart Risks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x14994394 Timing of HRT May Influence Heart Risks <BR> 04.15.08, 8:00 PM ET <BR> <BR> WEDNESDAY, April 16 (HealthDay News) -- The timing of hormone therapy might determine its effect on a woman's heart. <BR> Specifically, researchers have found that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) administered early in menopause to women with risk factors for heart disease did not diminish the function of the endothelial cells that line the inner walls of the arteries and might even improve it. Endothelial functio... Sat, 17 May 2008 10:50:33 EST How exercise makes menopause easier http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x14970066 How exercise makes menopause easier <BR> <BR> <BR> By Leslie Pepper <BR> <BR> When Arlene Bassett turned 55, the New York City resident began to have terrible hot flashes. After she started aerobic exercise and weight training, they cooled off considerably. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Knowing I'm taking care of myself really helped me cope with menopausal symptoms, and the changes to my body weight have been a lot more palatable," she says. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Bassett's experience is not a ... Fri, 16 May 2008 09:58:51 EST Hormone-Free Hot Flash Drug on Horizon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x14943215 Hormone-Free Hot Flash Drug on Horizon <BR> But Experimental Drug Pristiq Gets Mixed Reviews <BR> By Kathleen Doheny <BR> WebMD Medical News <BR> Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD <BR> May 9, 2007 (San Diego) -- An experimental treatment for menopause-related hot flashes and night sweats that doesn’t use hormones generally works well, researchers report. <BR> The new medication, called Pristiq, is under review by the FDA, according to the manufacturer, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. <BR> "Pristiq is going... Thu, 15 May 2008 10:34:24 EST Can ya'll check in to say Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20039x14921302 Can every one please check in to let us know you are doing ok? I know every thing changes day by day here! WE want to help! Wed, 14 May 2008 15:40:15 EST Hormone May Predict Age at Menopause http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x14892980 Hormone May Predict Age at Menopause <BR> Researchers Say Anti-Mullerian Hormone Levels May Be Accurate Predictor of Menopause Age <BR> By Salynn Boyles <BR> WebMD Medical News <BR> Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD <BR> April 30, 2008 -- A hormone that is used to help assess the potential for pregnancy in assisted reproduction might prove to be an accurate predictor of a woman's age at menopause, a study shows. <BR> If early findings are confirmed, researchers say anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) lev... Tue, 13 May 2008 17:48:13 EST Six Exercise Myths http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x14851662 Six Exercise Myths <BR> Chances are you've heard all kinds of advice when it comes to working out. But are these maxims fact — or fiction? Don't believe these common workout whoppers: <BR> Myth #1: Exercise should hurt. Whether you've been told "No pain, no gain," or that you should "feel the burn," the reality is that exercise doesn't have to be painful to be effective. In fact, pushing yourself too hard, too fast will most likely lead to an injury — not a fit physique! <BR> Myth #2: You c... Mon, 12 May 2008 11:11:11 EST Mother day verses by M.S.Lowndes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x14811127 Mothers have a special way <BR> Of saying ‘I love you’ <BR> A love that God has given them <BR> A love that will hold true <BR> For Mothers sacrifice so much <BR> Providing for the home <BR> Creating there an atmosphere <BR> That reflects God's love alone. <BR> <BR> © By M.S.Lowndes <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I just want to thank the Lord <BR> For a Mother such as you <BR> You were there throughout the years <BR> Whatever I went through <BR> And I just want to say that I <BR> Love you so v... Sat, 10 May 2008 11:42:35 EST Is Your Thyroid the Problem? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4616x20039x14783656 Is Your Thyroid the Problem? <BR> For some people who gain weight easily, a dysfunctional thyroid gland may be partly to blame — though only rarely is it a major cause of excess weight. The thyroid gland is located in your neck and is responsible for many complex regulatory functions within the body. Hormones produced by the thyroid play a role in regulating metabolism, or the rate at which the body uses calories. <BR> When the thyroid gland doesn't produce enough thyroid hormone (a conditio... Fri, 9 May 2008 10:05:53 EST Exercise-Heart Study Casts Doubt on “Fit But Fat”. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x14783594 Exercise-Heart Study Casts Doubt on “Fit But Fat” Theory <BR> April 29, 2008 <BR> CHICAGO (AP) -- New research challenges the notion that you can be fat and fit, finding that being active can lower but not eliminate heart risks faced by heavy women. "It doesn't take away the risk entirely. Weight still matters," said Dr. Martha Gulati, a heart specialist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. <BR> Previous research has gone back and forth on whether exercise or weight has a greater influence on... Fri, 9 May 2008 10:04:08 EST Need help, push the panic buttom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4605x20039x14658645 If you need help no matter the theme. It can be other than menopause. Please feel free to use this forum. You can ask questions or ask for advice or whatever you need. Mon, 5 May 2008 11:32:16 EST Some Common Menopause Questions Answered http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x14654992 Some Common Menopause Questions Answered <BR> Q. I started my periods quite young - when I was only 11. Does this mean I will have an early menopause? <BR> A - No, not necessarily. When you first started menstruating doesn't seem to have any particular effect on when the menopause happens. Women nowadays seem to experience menopause slightly later than their mothers' generation. <BR> Q. Can I get pregnant while I am taking HRT? <BR> A - This depends entirely on whether your natural menopause ... Mon, 5 May 2008 10:02:46 EST What Causes The Menopause? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x14654741 What Causes The Menopause? <BR> Menopause is caused by hormonal changes in the body. Simply put, as the body prepares for menopause it produces fewer hormones, specifically estrogen, and estrogen is responsible for keeping the reproductive cycle functioning. Without it, the ability to reproduce is ended. Before the menopause begins the female body keeps a very delicate balance of several hormones including estrogen, progesterone and testosterone and together these give the female body the abi... Mon, 5 May 2008 09:56:32 EST Handling Buffets http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x14610572 Handling Buffets <BR> If you had to name the type of meal that poses the greatest challenge to your ability to control how much you eat, chances are you'd choose the all-you-can-eat buffet. Loaded with appealing choices, a buffet can make even the most dedicated weight manager falter. <BR> Fight back with these ideas for facing the buffet: <BR> Plan your attack: Circle the buffet to see all that's offered and then go back to your seat. Think over your options and come up with a plan. That w... Sat, 3 May 2008 15:44:51 EST PMS or Depression? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x14577754 I cut the name of the person because I put this topic as general information if can help you. <BR> Ask Dr. Orli R. Etingin <BR> PMS or Depression? <BR> Q: I'm almost 19 years old. A week before my menstrual period, I start to feel really sad and awful things suddenly come to my mind or I lock myself in my room. I have even insulted or hurt people when I feel this way. My friend said this happens because of my hormones, but I don't really think so, because it's been controlling me for the pas... Fri, 2 May 2008 11:29:43 EST Pituitary Hormone May Boost Women's Heart Risk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x14577664 Pituitary Hormone May Boost Women's Heart Risk <BR> TUESDAY, April 29 (HealthDay News) -- Increasing levels of thyrotropin within the normal range may increase the risk of fatal coronary heart disease in women, a Norwegian study finds. <BR> Thyrotropin, a hormone produced by the pituitary gland, is released into the blood and acts on the thyroid gland to stimulate its growth and function. <BR> "Emerging evidence indicates that levels of thyrotropin within the reference [normal] range are posi... Fri, 2 May 2008 11:27:02 EST Team Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20039x14577569 I want to tell all of you we have team challenges and is below this page. It's very different on what you see in others teams. Now you have to go below the page. They are easy to do it. I'm sorry I didn't tell you before. I hope you all forgive me. Fri, 2 May 2008 11:24:22 EST Secondary symptoms you have to deal with menopause http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x14577226 I want to know what kind of secondary symptoms you have. I heard a lot of females talking about the menopause and symptoms but they are differents in each woman. Fri, 2 May 2008 11:15:00 EST Menopause and Lifestyle Changes (Diet) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x14549992 Menopause and Lifestyle Changes <BR> Diet <BR> A healthy diet can help prevent obesity, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and some forms of cancer. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 puts a strong emphasis on eating fewer calories and getting more physical activity, in light of the fact that a growing number of Americans are overweight or obese. <BR> <BR> Key recommendations in the Dietary Guidelines include these: <BR> • Watch calories. On average, a 134-pound woman needs 2,... Thu, 1 May 2008 14:42:28 EST Stuck on Stupid http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20039x14384882 Does anyone else think their common sense is out the window but you didn't open the window? I am by no means a stupid person but act like one so much it might be wearing off. Sat, 26 Apr 2008 09:47:17 EST How HRT Can Affect Mammograms http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x14364787 How HRT Can Affect Mammograms <BR> There has been a lot of speculation regarding how HRT affects the body and many women have now stopped taking the drug through fears of becoming ill. So are they right to stop taking something that was so effective, due to the fact that it could pose possible future health risks? Well, according to some experts yes they are and many women do not realise the full risks of HRT. For example, not many women realise that HRT can in fact affect how a mammogram tur... Fri, 25 Apr 2008 13:56:11 EST Hormone replacement therapy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x14300800 Hormone replacement therapy <BR> "If the doctor says you should be taking HRT, [you] want to know why he or she recommends that ... And 'because it'll be good for you' is not a good enough answer." — Dr Elizabeth Farrell <BR> Women with menopausal symptoms have a lot more choices for treatment than they've had in the past. Things have certainly improved since the fifties, when one doctor recommended women with hot flushes go out and buy themselves a new hat! <BR> These days, the standard pres... Wed, 23 Apr 2008 14:27:02 EST Potential Benefits Of HRT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x14212292 Potential Benefits Of HRT <BR> HRT or hormone replacement therapy is a commonly used treatment for menopause. There are several benefits of using HRT to help control or lessen the sometimes debilitating symptoms of menopause, one of the main ones being that the replacement of the hormone estrogen helps the body to believe it is still producing the hormone itself and that there is no imbalance i.e. it is the imbalance of hormones in the body that cause many of the common menopausal symptoms. T... Mon, 21 Apr 2008 01:23:50 EST How to cope with menopause http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x14212282 How to cope with menopause <BR> While many women can go through menopause with very little discomfort, some will have a very rough time for what seems like forever. While there is nothing you can do to prevent menopause, there are ways to cope with the discomfort and make your life more bearable, if not pleasant. <BR> Since insomnia is a concern for some, here are a few tips that work for many women at home. Never use your bedroom for anything other than to go to bed because in essence you a... Mon, 21 Apr 2008 01:22:54 EST Tips for Having High Blood Pressure & High Chol... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4616x20039x14175202 Tips for Having High Blood Pressure & High Cholestero <BR> <BR> Having High Blood Pressure <BR> Published: 04/15/08 <BR> (HealthDay News) -- Having high blood pressure puts you at higher-than-normal risk of heart disease and stroke, among other medical problems. <BR> Here are risk factors that may make you more likely to develop high blood pressure, courtesy of the American Heart Association: <BR> • Being significantly overweight or obese. <BR> • Eating a diet that's too high in sodium (sal... Sat, 19 Apr 2008 14:56:27 EST Green Choices: Meat & Poultry Buyer’s Guide http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4616x20039x14141856 Green Choices: Meat & Poultry Buyer’s Guide <BR> <BR> WebMD Feature from "EatingWell" <BR> By Kimberly Lord Stewart <BR> <BR> When it comes to buying meat and poultry, the greener choices are not always obvious. <BR> Meat and poultry labels are confusing these days. What does “Natural” on that package of chicken breast mean? Why does “Certified Organic” cost so much? What’s a meat-eater to do? Our green guide to meat and poultry will help you make choices that are best for you. <BR> Grass-F... Fri, 18 Apr 2008 10:30:14 EST Weekly Doses of Taxol Prolonged Lives of Breast... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4616x20039x14140918 Weekly Doses of Taxol Prolonged Lives of Breast Cancer Patients <BR> WEDNESDAY, April 16 (HealthDay News) -- Women who take the drug Taxol weekly after receiving chemotherapy for 12 weeks live longer and live longer without a recurrence of their breast cancer, compared to women who take four taxol treatments every three weeks. <BR> The study also evaluated another drug in the same family, called Taxotere (docetaxel), but found that weekly Taxol (paclitaxel) was more effective. <BR> "The findi... Fri, 18 Apr 2008 10:02:44 EST Menopause and HRT after Hysterectomy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x14114420 Menopause and HRT after Hysterectomy. <BR> Many women undergo hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus or womb) for various gynaecological reasons. These include intolerable periods not controlled by medical means, fibroids, endometriosis, prolapse, and malignant or premalignant changes of the uterus, cervix or ovary. <BR> Hysterectomy can either be total, where both the uterus and cervix are removed, or sub-total, where the main part of the uterus is removed but the cervix is retained. I... Thu, 17 Apr 2008 11:44:03 EST Scottieluvr's Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20039x14088242 Hello everyone! My "real" name is Pamela though a devoted Scottish terrier lover. Actually was owned by one but he passed away two years ago from old age. I am now owned by two American Toy Fox Terriers. <BR> <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> I have survived thyroid disease, PCOS'd, adrenal fatigued and now severe perimenopausal... my life gets REALLY "hormonal" most of the time. <BR> <BR> I have a great support system in my family and friends. Without them I would not have faired as well. ... Wed, 16 Apr 2008 15:09:09 EST No Time to Cook? Frozen Dinners to the Rescue http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4616x20039x14079017 "I know they have a lot of sodium but is great if you are in a hurry". <BR> No Time to Cook? Frozen Dinners to the Rescue <BR> Here's how to choose and use them wisely <BR> By Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH <BR> WebMD Feature <BR> It's one of those days: You get home late from work, the kids are starving and need to be at practice in 30 minutes, and you haven't a clue what's for dinner. <BR> What to do? Just reach in the freezer -- that is, if you've planned ahead and kept it stocked with nutritiou... Wed, 16 Apr 2008 10:34:59 EST Healing Meals: Foods That May Fight Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x14057346 Healing Meals: Foods That May Fight Pain <BR> Certain Foods May Fight Chronic Pain, Experts Say <BR> LAUREN CAHOON <BR> ABC News Medical Unit <BR> April 9, 2008 <BR> Eleven years ago, Sandy Guerriere of North Carolina was crippled with pain and nearly bedridden from her rheumatoid arthritis. <BR> <BR> "I was scared. … I couldn't do anything, I lay in bed," she said. "The disease is horrible." <BR> That was then. Now, Guerriere is up and walking, enjoying her career and looking decades you... Tue, 15 Apr 2008 16:47:52 EST Menopause: Natural Treatments http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x14043299 Menopause: Natural Treatments <BR> REMEDY: BLACK COHOSH <BR> SYMPTOM: Hot Flashes, Night Sweats <BR> Benefit: <BR> Black cohosh is derived from a species of buttercup. Studies have had mixed results on whether black cohosh is effective in reducing hot flashes. Some studies indicate it may help with mild hot flashes and night sweats for short-term treatment. May lower blood pressure as well. In rare cases, hepatitis has been reported. <BR> <BR> REMEDY: SOY <BR> SYMPTOM: Hot Flashes, Nigh... Tue, 15 Apr 2008 09:42:00 EST Lets give thank to Darly111 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4605x20039x14017542 I want to thank Darly for making this team. I am not on menopause yet but I'm learning about this theme in this team. If Darly didn't do this team I never know about menopause before going to that step. She is a wonderful person. She is my best friend not only on SP but outside of SP too. I hope she has alway wonderful times and I pray for her and her husband to have wonderful days and everything going ok for them. Daryl, GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND. Mon, 14 Apr 2008 13:22:38 EST Hormone Therapy and Disease http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x14016942 Hormone Therapy and Disease <BR> Health talk <BR> Certain diseases, such as heart disease, breast cancer, and osteoporosis, have long been linked to menopause because of their connection with hormone levels. Findings from the Women’s Health Initiative have helped clarify the complex relationship between hormones and disease. Currently, most major health organizations (including the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Heart... Mon, 14 Apr 2008 13:05:26 EST Medical Procedures That Cause Menopause http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4616x20039x13909864 Medical Procedures That Cause Menopause <BR> Natural menopause is the permanent ending of menstruation that is not brought on by any type of medical treatment. For women undergoing natural menopause, the process is described in three stages: perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause. <BR> However, not all women undergo natural menopause. Some women experience induced menopause as a result of surgery or medical treatments, such as chemotherapy and pelvic radiation therapy. <BR> What Is Surgi... Thu, 10 Apr 2008 18:04:10 EST Top 12 Allergens http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4616x20039x13832685 Top 12 Allergens <BR> These main allergy triggers can have you sneezing and sniffling — and more — all year long. <BR> By Michelle Olson <BR> Common Culprits <BR> Aaachooo! There's something in the air, all right: allergens. For the millions of people who suffer from allergy symptoms and asthma, these particles can induce respiratory misery all year long. Throw in the many foods, pharmaceuticals, and other substances that cause severe allergic reactions and it's clear that allergens are ever... Tue, 8 Apr 2008 18:40:54 EST Losing Menopaus -Related Weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x13782236 Ask Dr. JoAnn Manson <BR> Everyday health <BR> Losing Menopause-Related Weight? <BR> This is a question from a person with the problem below to the dr. I post only for helping other in the same situation. That is the reason I didn’t put the person’s name. <BR> Q: I am now in menopause after having my left ovary removed. I have lost two-thirds of my hair, have trouble sleeping at night, and can't seem to lose weight. What can I do? I am already walking one hour a day, yet I'm still gaining wei... Mon, 7 Apr 2008 12:00:07 EST The Opportunities of Menopause http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x13782164 The Opportunities of Menopause <BR> Everyday health <BR> The average lifespan for women in the United States is approaching 80 years. Some women will spend four decades in their postmenopausal years. The experience of menopause is highly individual, and with this in mind, you can look at menopause as an opportunity to assess your health and lifestyle factors that affect your health, and to take steps to plan the future you want. <BR> Diet, exercise, and proper medical care, as outlined in th... Mon, 7 Apr 2008 11:57:51 EST Premature Menopause http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x13782135 Premature Menopause <BR> Everyday health <BR> The loss of ovarian function before age 40 is called premature menopause. It resembles natural menopause in many ways, including low estrogen levels and loss of fertility. Symptoms such as hot flashes are likely to appear. Additional emotional stress often accompanies premature menopause, as women cope with making this transition earlier in life than their contemporaries. Women and their clinicians sometimes fail to recognize premature menopause b... Mon, 7 Apr 2008 11:56:56 EST Let's give thanks to KRISSUM. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4605x20039x13760175 As she say “Never Giving Up My Dream!” <BR> She lost 30 pounds already. She has a great family. Including husband, children <BR> and grandchildren. Her family is the great thing that could happen to her. <BR> She likes to work on crafts, curling up with a good book, watching scary movies and <BR> spending time outside in my garden. But, most of all she love spending time with my <BR> family... laughing, joking and making memories. I’m proud of having Krissum <BR> as a friend. I know y... Sun, 6 Apr 2008 18:36:20 EST Loss Libido http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4616x20039x13759234 Loss Libido <BR> Sex researchers and therapists recognize loss of libido as the most common problem in a women's sex life. Not giving the right attention to loss of libido would decrease your quality of your sexual life in an undesirable way. So please take your time to read the information provided below which will help you learn and understand more about loss of libido. <BR> What is Loss of Libido? <BR> If libido could somehow be explained, it would be as an "instinctive natural sexual ener... Sun, 6 Apr 2008 17:49:00 EST 34 Menopause Symptoms http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4616x20039x13759202 34 Menopause Symptoms <BR> Menopausal symptoms affect about 70% of women approaching menopause. Typical menopause symptoms, such as Hot Flashes or Night Sweats, are caused by changing hormonal levels in the female reproductive system. Almost all women notice early symptoms while still having periods. This stage of gradually falling and fluctuating hormone levels is called perimenopause, which often begins in the early 40s. <BR> The symptoms of menopause usually last for the whole menopause tr... Sun, 6 Apr 2008 17:47:27 EST Hormone Regimens, days for month and bleeding http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x13731283 Hormone Regimens, days for month and bleeding <BR> Regimen <BR> Continuous estrogen with cyclic progestogenEstrogen <BR> Days per month <BR> every day; progestogen on days 1–12 or 1–14Regular <BR> Bleeding <BR> monthly bleeding in 85% or more of women, often lighter than a period <BR> <BR> Regimen <BR> Continuous estrogen with continuous progestogen <BR> Days per month Both estrogen and progestogen every day <BR> Bleeding <BR> Often irregular bleeding for the first 6–9 months (more ... Sat, 5 Apr 2008 14:26:11 EST Estrogen Levels in Blood Predict Breast Cancer.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4616x20039x13730992 Estrogen Levels in Blood Predict Breast Cancer's Return <BR> Published: 03/06/08 <BR> THURSDAY, March 6 (HealthDay News) -- New research shows that women who experienced a recurrence of their breast cancer had almost twice as much estrogen in their blood as women who remained cancer-free after treatment. <BR> This indicates that circulating estrogen levels contribute to a recurrence as much as the initial malignancy does. <BR> That information is not entirely new, said Dr. Jennifer Wu, an obs... Sat, 5 Apr 2008 14:08:41 EST Information about menopause and more http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4616x20039x13708124 Here everyone can post any information or articles you think is important to us to know. Feel free to post whatever you think is important. We are not here to judge. We are here to try to help and find some help to. Remember, we are not perfect. Fri, 4 Apr 2008 16:22:08 EST Let's give thanks to Naolee for all her Wisdom! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4616x20039x13636252 I have learned more from these articles & web site than reading 2 books & my DR's. THANK YOU NAOLEE! Wed, 2 Apr 2008 13:47:37 EST Endometriosis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x13596546 Endometriosis <BR> by Debra Wood, RN <BR> Definition <BR> Endometriosis is a chronic disease involving endometrial tissue. Normally endometrial tissue is found only inside the uterus, the reproductive organ where a fetus develops. Hormones direct the tissue to accumulate there, in preparation for a fertilized egg. If conception does not occur, the tissue passes out of the body during menstruation. In endometriosis, endometrial-like tissue is found outside the uterus. It may be found on organs... Tue, 1 Apr 2008 12:14:11 EST Yeast Infections http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4616x20039x13571350 Yeast Infections <BR> What Is a Yeast Infection? <BR> Vaginal yeast infections, also called "Candida vaginal infections," typically are caused by the Candida albicans fungus. During a lifetime, 75% of all women are likely to have at least one vaginal Candida infection, and up to 45% have two or more. Women tend to be more likely to get to vaginal yeast infections if their bodies are under stress from poor diet, lack of sleep, illness, or when they are pregnant or taking antibiotics. Women wit... Mon, 31 Mar 2008 17:31:51 EST Flaxseed May Relieve Hot Flashes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x13531176 Flaxseed May Relieve Hot Flashes <BR> Published: 08/31/07 <BR> FRIDAY, Aug. 31 (HealthDay News) -- Flaxseed may be one way to reduce the bothersome hot flashes of menopause, Mayo Clinic researchers report. <BR> A small pilot study found that postmenopausal women not on estrogen who used dietary flaxseed daily reported a 50 percent reduction in hot flashes over the course of six weeks. <BR> "Flaxseed worked very well," said Dr. Sandhya Pruthi, director of the Mayo Breast Clinic at the Mayo Cli... Sun, 30 Mar 2008 12:27:30 EST How are you doing today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4616x20039x13509268 Today I feel better. The dr gave me strong med for my stomach and work almost after I took the med. I have a beatifull warm day here. I'm happy I live in an island. Good temperture all year around. Beatifull beaches. Great place to be. Sat, 29 Mar 2008 12:49:31 EST The Brain Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x13509004 The Brain Report <BR> Your reward for growing older? Time makes you wiser and more creative <BR> By Stacey Colino <BR> <BR> When people say that age is a state of mind, they’re speaking the truth more than they may realize. It seems that many cognitive abilities shift somewhat as we get older, but not always in a negative direction. While your ability to concentrate or recall many things may decline somewhat as you hit the north side of 40, other cognitive functions (such as your knowled... Sat, 29 Mar 2008 12:38:18 EST Menopausal Weight Gain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x13490491 ConsumerHealthDigest.com <BR> Menopausal Weight Gain <BR> <BR> Can Today's Products Help You? <BR> You don't have to look far to find the numerous ads promoting pre-menopausal and menopausal weight loss products. These over the counter weight-loss products promote the fact that they can combat weight gain in women who are pre-menopausal or menopausal. Menopause is a natural step in a woman's life cycle, yet the accompanying weight gain is an absolute concern. Recent studies have found for e... Fri, 28 Mar 2008 16:49:29 EST Another joke http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4605x20039x13465589 Missing Jesus <BR> <BR> It was Palm Sunday, and the family's 6-year old son had to stay home from church because of strep throat. When the rest of the family returned home carrying palm branches, the little boy asked what they were for. His mother explained, "People held them over Jesus' head as he walked by." <BR> <BR> "Wouldn't you know it," the boy fumed. "The one Sunday I don't go to church, and Jesus shows up!" <BR> Thu, 27 Mar 2008 20:03:15 EST Nutrition and Menopause http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x13465557 Nutrition and Menopause <BR> by Jill Shuman, MS, RD, ELS <BR> Menopausal Women Should Eat a Healthful Diet <BR> The aging process is associated with many changes in hormonal and physiological function, some of which are gender related. In women, one of the most dramatic hormonal changes is the striking reduction in estrogen production that accompanies menopause. This period of life has special nutrient requirements. <BR> Menopause is a stage in life when a woman stops having her monthly perio... Thu, 27 Mar 2008 20:01:24 EST JOKE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4605x20039x13420896 A Jewish Confession <BR> <BR> An 80 year-old man went into the confessional and told the priest the following: <BR> <BR> "Father, I am an 80 year-old man, I'm married, I have 4 children and 11 grandchildren. Last night I strayed and had an affair with two 18 year-old girls. We partied and made love all night long." <BR> <BR> The priest said, "My son, when was the last time you were at confession?" <BR> <BR> The old man said, "I've never been to confession. I'm Jewish." <BR> <BR> The prie... Wed, 26 Mar 2008 11:30:25 EST How's it going? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20039x13417822 I personally have been on a roller coaster but think & pray the ride is over now. The new pills are working & I have actually been cold for the first time in Yrs. YEAH!! Wed, 26 Mar 2008 10:03:56 EST Daily Exercise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4616x20039x13417725 Had to move this one sorry if it doesn't take for a few days. I am going to walk today on the long walk. Wed, 26 Mar 2008 10:01:21 EST Salsa, Black Bean, and Rice Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4616x20039x13417125 Salsa, Black Bean, and Rice Salad <BR> Total Time: 30 mins <BR> Ingredients <BR> 2 cup(s) rice, long grain, cooked, chilled <BR> 1 can(s) beans, black, (15 ounces) rinsed and drained <BR> 2 cup(s) tomato(es), chopped <BR> 1 cup(s) pepper(s), red, bell, chopped <BR> 1 cup(s) corn, whole kernel frozen, thawed <BR> 2 scallion(s) (green onions), thinly sliced <BR> 2 tablespoon cilantro <BR> 1 cup(s) salsa <BR> 4 ounce(s) cheese, Monterey Pepper Jack, with jalapeno chile peppers, cut into ... Wed, 26 Mar 2008 09:44:52 EST Obese Women Less Likely to Be Tested for Some .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x13417017 Obese Women Less Likely to Be Tested for Some Cancers <BR> Published: 03/24/08 <BR> MONDAY, March 24 (HealthDay News) -- A new review of 32 studies suggests that obese women -- particularly white women -- are more likely than others to skip screenings for breast and cervical cancer. <BR> No one knows why extra pounds heighten the likelihood that women will avoid mammograms or Pap smears. And it's not known why obesity seems to have no significant effect on colorectal screening, the researc... Wed, 26 Mar 2008 09:41:29 EST What Is Urinary Incontinence? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x13416948 What Is Urinary Incontinence? <BR> An estimated 25 million adults have incontinence — the unintended loss of urine or feces that is significant enough to make it difficult for them to maintain good hygiene and carry on ordinary social and work lives. Sometimes incontinence is minor, and all you need is an occasional absorbent pad to keep enjoying your normal activities. But when you begin organizing your life around easy access to a bathroom or start giving up the activities that are importan... Wed, 26 Mar 2008 09:39:36 EST Family of the Groom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4605x20039x13388983 Family of the Groom <BR> <BR> At an Easter mass, at which some young ladies were to take their final vows to become nuns, the presiding bishop noticed two rabbis enter the church just before the mass began. <BR> <BR> They were seated at the back of the sanctuary and insisted on sitting on the right side of the center aisle. The bishop wondered why they had come but didn't have time to inquire before the mass began. When it came time for some announcements, his curiosity got the best of him.... Tue, 25 Mar 2008 10:51:47 EST The Spring-Time Weight Loss Express is leaving.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x13356888 The Spring-Time Weight Loss Express is leaving the weigh-in station. All Aboard! <BR> Did you fall off the proverbial weight loss wagon? Lose a few pounds and then find them? Gaining, gaining, pounds not insight? Spring is just around the corner. <BR> Time to come out of hibernation and remove the layer of winter excess! <BR> As we all know (but it's good to be reminded), those who reach their weight loss goals are the ones who get back on the wagon again and again. They learn to see that t... Mon, 24 Mar 2008 10:27:48 EST Black Beans With Rice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4616x20039x13356477 Black Beans With Rice <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 1 pounds beans, black, dry <BR> 7 cup(s) water <BR> 1 medium pepper(s), green, bell, coarsely chopped <BR> 1 1/2 cup(s) onion(s), chopped <BR> 1 tablespoon oil, vegetable <BR> 2 bay leaf <BR> 1 clove(s) garlic, minced <BR> 1/2 teaspoon salt <BR> 1 tablespoon vinegar, (or lemon juice) <BR> 6 cup(s) rice, cooked in unsalted water <BR> 4 ounce(s) pimento, sliced and drained <BR> 1 lemon, cut into wedges <BR> Preparation <BR> 1. Pick th... Mon, 24 Mar 2008 10:15:30 EST Side Effects of Hormone Therapy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x13356381 Side Effects of Hormone Therapy <BR> <BR> As with all medications, hormones may cause unwanted side effects. Here are some tips for minimizing some of the most common. <BR> Side effect Coping strategy <BR> Fluid retention, including swollen feet, ankles, hands, or abdomen Cut back on salt, drink plenty of water, consider taking a mild diuretic (herbal or prescription). <BR> Abdominal bloating or gas Try lowering the dose of either hormone; switch to another estrogen/progestogen; try a skin p... Mon, 24 Mar 2008 10:12:11 EST 9 Alternatives to Hormone Therapy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x13338494 9 Alternatives to Hormone Therapy <BR> Here's how to get your menopausal symptoms under control — without the hormones. <BR> By Juhie Bhatia <BR> <BR> The Change, Under Control <BR> Menopause may be a natural part of a woman's life, but its effects don't always feel that way. The "change" usually occurs around age 50 and its symptoms — which can include hot flashes, mood swings, insomnia, and vaginal dryness — can range from nonexistent to debilitating. If your symptoms are severe, you may ... Sun, 23 Mar 2008 11:56:38 EST Nutrition and Menopause http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x13338483 Nutrition and Menopause <BR> by Jill Shuman, MS, RD, ELS <BR> Menopausal Women Should Eat a Healthful Diet <BR> The aging process is associated with many changes in hormonal and physiological function, some of which are gender related. In women, one of the most dramatic hormonal changes is the striking reduction in estrogen production that accompanies menopause. This period of life has special nutrient requirements. <BR> Menopause is a stage in life when a woman stops having her monthly perio... Sun, 23 Mar 2008 11:55:24 EST Eight Steps to Aging Gracefully http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x13338458 Eight Steps to Aging Gracefully <BR> By Andrew Weil, M. D. <BR> <BR> <BR> Pay attention to your breath. Many cultures identify breath with spirit, seeing the breath cycle as the movement of spirit in the physical body.. Simply minding the breath is a way of expanding consciousness beyond the ego, of experiencing transcendence. <BR> • Connect with nature. You can do this by walking or sitting in a natural setting; a city park will do just fine. Allow yourself to slow down, drop your usu... Sun, 23 Mar 2008 11:53:29 EST Weight Gain! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4605x20039x13304420 I can gain 15 lbs in one day! I hate it! Fri, 21 Mar 2008 15:23:28 EST 5 good reasons for going on hormones http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x13301079 5 good reasons for going on hormones <BR> By Elizabeth Cohen <BR> CNN <BR> <BR> Empowered Patient, a regular feature from CNN Medical News correspondent Elizabeth Cohen, helps put you in the driver's seat when it comes to health care. <BR> ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- Dr. Bernadine Healy can't even count the number of women who've complained to her about how tough it is to make the decision about hormone replacement therapy. <BR> <BR> <BR> "Women say, 'Oh it used to be so simple. Now it's so... Fri, 21 Mar 2008 13:04:28 EST Blood Markers Might Predict Clotting Risk With HRT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x13298165 Blood Markers Might Predict Clotting Risk With HRT <BR> <BR> <BR> Published: 12/08/07 <BR> SATURDAY, Dec. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Levels of certain blood markers may increase the risk of clotting in women taking hormone replacement therapy to relieve symptoms of menopause, new research shows. <BR> These markers might need to be considered when deciding whether to take the hormone therapy, said the authors of a study being presented Saturday at the American Society of Hematology annual meeting... Fri, 21 Mar 2008 11:20:32 EST Calcium Supplements Could Raise Heart Risks in ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x13298135 Calcium Supplements Could Raise Heart Risks in Postmenopausal Women <BR> <BR> <BR> Published: 01/15/08 <BR> TUESDAY, Jan. 15 (HealthDay News) -- The calcium tablets taken by millions of postmenopausal women to reduce their risk of osteoporosis may be contributing to an increase in heart attack and other cardiovascular problems. <BR> The findings might mean doctors shouldn't prescribe the supplement so freely. <BR> "There are data from other recent studies showing an upward trend in heart at... Fri, 21 Mar 2008 11:19:29 EST Weight gain! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x13282859 How many can gain more than 15 lbs in one day? I can! It does not come off that quickly either-so not fair Thu, 20 Mar 2008 19:06:35 EST Menopause & High Blood Pressure! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x13282645 Did any one just get high blood pressure after entering menopause? I did! Thu, 20 Mar 2008 18:54:54 EST Severe Menopause Symptoms Raise Heart Risks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x13271056 Severe Menopause Symptoms Raise Heart Risks <BR> <BR> <BR> Published: 03/14/08 <BR> FRIDAY, March 14 (HealthDay News) -- Women who have the most severe menopausal symptoms may also be at a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, a new study suggests. <BR> Dutch researchers surveyed 5,648 women, aged 46 to 57, about their menopausal complaints and collected data on other health information such as their cholesterol and blood pressure. <BR> Night sweats were reported by 38 percent of women; fl... Thu, 20 Mar 2008 10:49:30 EST 10 Key Questions About Menopause http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x13257890 10 Key Questions About Menopause <BR> Sources: MedlinePlus, Mayo Clinic, eMedicine, The National Women’s Health Information Center <BR> 1. What Is Menopause? <BR> Menopause is the period in women's lives when they stop menstruating. It is a normal, natural event – one that all women who reach midlife eventually go through. As women age, their ovaries produce lower levels of the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone. Eventually, this causes fertility as well as menstrual bleeding to end. Meno... Wed, 19 Mar 2008 21:02:09 EST Daily exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20039x13250821 What kind of exercise are you doing daily. Personally I do 3 kinds depending on the weather. I walk everyday unless it rains then I do a DVD or go to the Gym who has a MIA alert out for me! I go when I can but I would rather walk or dance. Wed, 19 Mar 2008 16:09:33 EST Express yourself w/an emotion! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x13250687 <em>213</em> Wed, 19 Mar 2008 15:59:25 EST What did you spin on the wheel today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x13250652 3 Wed, 19 Mar 2008 15:58:35 EST Which kind of HRT are you taking? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20039x13250144 Just a place to list what is working or what didn't! Wed, 19 Mar 2008 15:40:49 EST