womenTALK: Midlife Matters

Monday, Nov 28th 2016

Menopause and Vaginal Dryness

authored by Sheryl Kraft

I'm not going to beat around the bush. (OK, I realize that is a not-so-funny pun.)

Why not get right to the point? Menopause brings many changes, and one of the peskiest is a change in the way your vagina feels, which can lead to itchiness, dryness, irritation (which can even lead to bleeding) and trouble with intercourse.

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Tuesday, Nov 22nd 2016

This Holiday Conversation May Help Save a Life

authored by Sheryl Kraft

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1988, my two sons were very young—my oldest, just shy of three and his brother just 19 months behind him.

In a way, their young age worked in their favor, because they were blissfully unaware (like toddlers should be) of the health challenges I was facing both as a young woman with a surprise diagnosis and as a mom of two very young children.

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Tuesday, Nov 22nd 2016

Easy Ways to Stay Fit, Healthy and Sane This Thanksgiving

authored by Sheryl Kraft

With Thanksgiving looming, it's a good bet all thoughts are on food, family and friends.

How that plays out is anyone's guess, but I have a hunch it could swing a few ways:
                          
Fun
Food coma
Stress
Overindulgence

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Monday, Nov 14th 2016

5 Beautiful Ways to Prep for Winter

authored by Sheryl Kraft

With winter upon us—and the election finally behind us—your health and sanity are not the only things in need of attention.

Your beauty is an important consideration, too. After all, with colder temps comes drier air—and that air, in search of moisture, starts to suck it out of your skin and hair. Dryness equals wrinkles, breakage and a reminder that being a so-called natural beauty comes at a price.

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Monday, Nov 07th 2016

Tips for Keeping Your Healthy Motivation Strong

authored by Sheryl Kraft

We've all been there. You keep wondering how in the world you are going to stay motivated and keep up with your good health habits—you know, the ones you've worked so hard to learn and follow as much as possible. Routines can get boring or get sidetracked by a zillion things, like injury, illness, busy-ness—just everyday life.

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Monday, Oct 31st 2016

5 Tips for Taking Care of Your Health in Winter

authored by Sheryl Kraft

With winter on the horizon, it's time to start thinking ahead about sprucing up around your home: cleaning out closets, tuning up your heating system, weather-proofing your garden, gathering firewood, clearing your roof and gutters of debris, caulking around windows and doors, and more.

But just as important is sprucing up your health.

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Tuesday, Oct 25th 2016

10 Things You Need to Know About the Flu This Winter

authored by Sheryl Kraft

It's happening: The temps are dropping, the windows and doors are staying shut and the days are about to get shorter.

It's the perfect storm for viruses to hitch a ride and invade.

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Friday, Oct 21st 2016

Help Prevent Osteoporosis: "Love Your Bones: Protect Your Future"

authored by Judy Freedman

"Did you have your bone density scan?" asked Dr. S during my annual gynecological examination earlier this year.

"Yep, I had my last scan in February 2015, and it indicated that I had osteopenia, a lesser degree of bone loss, which may lead to osteoporosis."

"OK," said Dr. S. "No medication is indicated at this time." Dr. S recommended that I get a Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scan every two years to check my bone health.

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