womenTALK: Midlife Matters

Friday, Jun 12th 2009

Swine Flu: Don't Panic over the Pandemic

authored by Sheryl Kraft

Yesterday, the news that many of us expected to hear came out: the swine flu is now a pandemic, according to the World Health Organization. Sounds scary, doesn't it?

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Wednesday, Jun 10th 2009

Time for a Check-Up!

authored by Sheryl Kraft

I began this blog back in February with lots of excitement. I'm so glad you're reading and enjoying my posts.

Since it's been four months, I think it's time for a check-up. After all, what better way to gauge the general health of Midlife Matters? (Becasue midlife really does matter.) So, tell me: How am I doing?

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Wednesday, Jun 10th 2009

Are You Prepared for Father's Day?

authored by Sheryl Kraft

It's amazing. This year, for the first time, I'm actually prepared with a gift - early!

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Tuesday, Jun 09th 2009

Progesterone Prescription: Friends

authored by Sheryl Kraft

Attention all post-menopausal women: the progesterone that is lost through menopause - contributing to some pretty pesky annoyances like depression, lethargy, panic attacks, water retention and vaginal dryness - can be increased without hormone replacement. How?

Through close friendships.

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Monday, Jun 08th 2009

Pet a Dog. Lower Your Blood Pressure (and more).

authored by Sheryl Kraft

What did you do this past weekend? One of the highlights of my weekend was attending a dog show. After a week full of rain the sun finally came out here in Connecticut - and the weekend weather turned out to be absolutely perfect. But it wasn't only the sunshine that put me in such a good, relaxed mood. It was the dogs.

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Friday, Jun 05th 2009

Creepy Crawlers Advice? Watch this!

authored by Sheryl Kraft

One topic I've written about that seems to resonate again and again with all my readers is BEDBUGS. Yes, so many of you are interested in this topic.

So, here's something else I found to share with you.

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Thursday, Jun 04th 2009

Four Common I-Hate-Exercise Excuses: Debunked

authored by Sheryl Kraft

Even if you are an exercise nut that doesn't guarantee that you'll be gung-ho about working out all the time. After all, it's easy to get pretty creative with excuses when you get injured or feel bored.

Exercise may take a back seat when life becomes hectic, you're too tired, you have a stomachache, a toothache...you get the idea.

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Wednesday, Jun 03rd 2009

Here's What a Medical Procedure Feels Like

authored by Sheryl Kraft

I've been hearing from a lot of you with questions about what it feels like to undergo various medical procedures, like colonoscopies or blood marrow donations. Understandably, there's a lot of anxiety associated with the unknown.

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Tuesday, Jun 02nd 2009

Five Tips for Motivation: Help Someone You Love

authored by Sheryl Kraft

A reader, Sarah L. from New Jersey, sent me this email: " My husband was relatively thin when I married him. But he's gained ten pounds for every year of our marriage! (We've been married for thirty years). I watch my weight and diet, but he does the opposite - and no matter what I do, it doesn't seem to make a difference. He refuses to even go to a doctor, unless he's deathly ill. Do you or your readers have any advice?"

I do think what Sarah is saying is true. Most men are not as in tune with their overall health as women are. After all, we're so used to monitoring our health - beginning when we get our periods. How can we not be forced to think about our bodies and what they're up to? Each month makes us aware that things are changing...never mind those crazy days leading up to those monthly changes (remember PMS?). And then there's pregnancy, breast exams, pap smears, menopause...we're always facing some sort of medical issue or change to keep us in touch with our bodies.

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Monday, Jun 01st 2009

Another Reason to Exercise: It's Not Just About the Fat

authored by Sheryl Kraft

You may have read the latest reports that the fat-burning benefits of exercise are not what we previously thought (or hoped for).

The old thinking was that your metabolism stays at an active fat-burning stage for up to 24 hours after working out. (I always liked the idea that my body was a fat-burning machine the whole day through.) Yes, researchers say, exercisers do burn more fat while working out, but after exercise? That's another story. They found that post-exercise there was no difference in how much fat your body burned then, say, someone just sitting around with their feet up.

But before you say, "I might as well sit on the couch," here's some important news.

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