Tips for a Better Colonoscopy

  • Posted on: 26 March 2019
  • By: jleff
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Colonoscopies are essential to preventing colon cancer, but the prep is never fun. Here are some tips for making sure the preparation goes well—and you don't have to repeat it.
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"Ooh, I love the way this colonoscopy prep tastes. Bring it on!" said no one, ever.

Let me reassure you. It's so common to dread it. In fact, it's the procedure before the procedure that causes most people—myself included—the most angst. It's hard to find an equivalent of unpleasantness. (All I can think of is going to the dentist times a zillion.)

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Self-Love: Learning to Love Your Body Despite Your Disease

  • Posted on: 26 March 2019
  • By: jleff
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When you live with a chronic illness like Crohn’s disease, taking time to honor all that you do to merely function and keep up with the general population is worth recognizing.
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Natalie Hayden is a #teamHealthyWomen Contributor and this post is part of HealthyWomen's Real Women

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10 Things Every Woman Should Know About Colon Cancer

  • Posted on: 12 March 2019
  • By: jleff
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Without screening, colon cancer can be in an advanced stage before it is discovered. Generally, the earlier colon cancer is found the easier it is to treat.
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Colon cancer is not the most "glamorous" of cancers—if you can call cancer "glamourous."

What I mean is that it hasn't been widely celebrated with ribbons and balloons and marches and merchandise. Rather, because it involves a less-than-appealing part of the body, many people run the other way when it comes to awareness and screening, using not-so-sophisticated but appropriate words like "ewwww," "gross," "revolting" and "I'd rather NOT."

OK, I get it. But we really need to grow up.

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What to Expect When Your Eyes Start Changing

  • Posted on: 26 February 2019
  • By: jleff
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As we age, our eyes, along with many other body parts, change. Here are some common vision problems that may occur as you age.
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Until midlife, you probably didn't think much about your eyes beyond going for your annual eye exam and figuring out which eyeglass frame best suited your face or which contact lens was the most comfortable. (If you're not needing glasses full-time yet—like my husband, lucky guy—it's likely you're at least using reading glasses, which most of us begin to need in our early to mid-40s.)

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Learning to Love Myself as the Perfectly Imperfect Parent

  • Posted on: 25 February 2019
  • By: jleff
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The pressure we place upon new mothers—and upon ourselves as new mothers—is outrageous.

Ashley Abeles is a #teamHealthyWomen Contributor and this post is part of HealthyWomen's Real Women, Real Stories series.

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7 Important Facts Every Woman Needs to Know About Heart Attacks

  • Posted on: 12 February 2019
  • By: jleff
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Women don't experience heart attacks the same way men do. The signs and symptoms may be less obvious. That's why it's important to know the warning signs and how to lower your risk.

Women are three times more likely to die after a serious heart attack than are men. That's the findings of a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, highlighting a few serious facts.

Learn More: How Women's Heart Attack Symptoms Are Different Than Men's

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Why I Chose to Freeze My Eggs

  • Posted on: 6 February 2019
  • By: jleff
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A woman's choice to freeze her eggs is very personal and reasons and results vary. Here is one woman's story about her experience freezing her eggs for a future pregnancy.

By Lola Banjo

To many, matters regarding fertility and reproductive health are highly personal. People tend to be less open about their experiences, sometimes even with other family members. Minority women, especially, feel ashamed to undergo treatments like egg freezing for fear of being judged.

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4 Top Health Trends Worth Noting

  • Posted on: 6 February 2019
  • By: jleff
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Some new health trends are on the horizon. Have you tried "Trashion" (fashion good for you and the environment)? Or try simply walking outdoors or meditating.
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"The wellness industry has grown 12.8% between 2015 and 2017; climbing from a $3.7 trillion to a $4.2 trillion market. Wellness expenditures are now more than half as large as total global health expenditures."
Global Wellness Institute

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Here's How to Slow Down Time

  • Posted on: 29 January 2019
  • By: jleff
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Health writer Sheryl Kraft tells how a medical emergency—having a detached retina—forces her to slow down and reconnect with the people and natural world around her.
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It's crazy how time seems to go faster and faster the older we get, isn't it? I read that somewhere once. Whoever wrote it explained that it was something about the measurement of time related to the ratio of years we've already lived versus the years we have left to live. Trying to explain this further or understand it more precisely makes me think too hard and hurts my head, so I won't. (It also makes me all philosophical and edge precipitously close to an all-out existential crisis, which I'd prefer not to do. Especially now.)

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