Migraines and Menopause: What's the Connection?

  • Posted on: 3 April 2018
  • By: jleff
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Menopause can make migraines better. But it can also give you migraines for the first time or make the ones you already have worse. What's the connection?
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Menopause can make migraines better. But it can also give you migraines for the first time or make the ones you already have worse. What's the connection?

Menopause can make migraines better. But it can also give you migraines for the first time or make the ones you already have worse.

"I wish I had a migraine. At least then, I could lie down and rest," said no woman ever.

Migraines cause pain, nausea and sensitivity to light, sounds and smells. No one wants one.

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Dry Skin and Menopause

  • Posted on: 13 March 2018
  • By: jleff
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Estrogen declines as you approach menopause which decreases your skin's ability to produce and hold on to moisture. Find out what you can do about dry skin.
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Estrogen declines as you approach menopause which decreases your skin's ability to produce and hold on to moisture. Find out what you can do about dry skin.

When I was younger, the skin on my face was always slick with oil. And as only an adolescent girl can do, I let it get me down. Each time I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror, I'd recoil at that shiny reflection looking back at me. Of course, now, being in this so-called midlife, I wish there had been a voice of reason to calm me.

If there had been, it might have said something like this: Be grateful for all that oil! You'll miss it one day.

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Night Eating Syndrome Is a Real Thing

  • Posted on: 6 March 2018
  • By: jleff
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Some people wait until night when no one's looking to consume a large portion of their day's calories. These people may have night eating syndrome.
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Some people wait until night when no one's looking to consume a large portion of their day's calories. These people may have night eating syndrome.

Medically reviewed by:
Dr. Stacey Rosenfeld
Psychologist and Certified Eating Disorders Specialist
Founder and Director, Gatewell Therapy Center
Coral Gables, FL

Sure, many of us snack toward the end of the day, when we're tired and finally have an opportunity to sit, relax and unwind. But some people eat and eat and eat. They might have night eating syndrome (NES), which is different than just wanting to have a little treat or something sweet.

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Reference: Cleator J, Abbott, J, Judd P, Wilding JPH. Night eating syndrome: implications for severe obesity. Nutr Diabetes. 2012; 2(9):e44. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3461352/. Accessed February 28, 2018.

7 Things to Ease Your Flu Miseries

  • Posted on: 6 March 2018
  • By: jleff
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Flu season is winding down, but it's not over. Learn how to lessen your flu risk and how to feel better if you get the flu.
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Flu season is winding down, but it's not over. Learn how to lessen your flu risk and how to feel better if you get the flu.

The good news: This awful flu season has just about peaked and may be heading on its way out.

The bad news: It's not over. There will still be cases of the flu, because the virus will likely continue to circulate through April or even May.

And while it's a good thing to see that the weekly rate of hospitalizations and deaths from influenza are declining, it's still important to be armed with some knowledge just in case you—or someone you know—comes down with the nasty bug that doesn't seem to want to quit.

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How to Prepare for a Colonoscopy

  • Posted on: 1 March 2018
  • By: jleff
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When I was 21 I was blindsided with a diagnosis of an incurable chronic illness. I was told I had Crohn's disease—an autoimmune disease that attacks the gastrointestinal tract, leading to severe pain and fatigue (just to name a few of the downsides).
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When I was 21 I was blindsided with a diagnosis of an incurable chronic illness. I was told I had Crohn's disease—an autoimmune disease that attacks the gastrointestinal tract, leading to severe pain and fatigue (just to name a few of the downsides).

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

I scheduled my colonoscopy in September and it's hung over my head ever since. It's not the procedure that's bothersome to me; it's the prep and the worry over the findings.

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The Vulnerabilities of Aging

  • Posted on: 27 February 2018
  • By: jleff
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Columnist Frank Bruni's article about sudden partial vision loss helps us come to grips with some of the formidable truths and vulnerabilities of aging.
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Columnist Frank Bruni's article about sudden partial vision loss helps us come to grips with some of the formidable truths and vulnerabilities of aging.

I recently read a stunning account of a sudden, overnight vision loss.

Written by 53-year-old op-ed columnist Frank Bruni, the story, which appears in this past week's New York Times Sunday Review, shares the details of Bruni's struggle, both physically and emotionally, of coming to grips with a condition that caused sudden partial vision loss that made it difficult to read or type, because of what he describes as a thick, dappled fog across the right half of his field of vision.

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The Beginner's Guide to Menopause

  • Posted on: 20 February 2018
  • By: jleff
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When those first hot flashes or night sweats hit, you may want to talk with your health care provider about perimenopause—and read this guide on the menopause transition.
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When those first hot flashes or night sweats hit, you may want to talk with your health care provider about perimenopause—and read this guide on the menopause transition.

A (younger) friend of mine recently began having debilitating hot flashes and night sweats. She's in her mid-40s and was caught by surprise when her doctor told her she was beginning her menopause transition.

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How to Avoid Catching the Flu

  • Posted on: 13 February 2018
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This is a seriously bad flu season, so check out these tips to avoid catching the flu—and to know what to do if you do get it.
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This is a seriously bad flu season, so check out these tips to avoid catching the flu—and to know what to do if you do get it.

Lately, I've been more paranoid than normal about germs. That's because this is a really scary flu season—one of the worst in a long time. Doctors' offices and hospitals are overwhelmed, and people—even children—are dying.

And despite getting the flu vaccine, some people are still catching the flu. (But it's important to keep in mind that many times when they do, they come down with a milder case than they would otherwise.)

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The 7 Most Important Things to Do Before Visiting Your Health Care Professional

  • Posted on: 6 February 2018
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Whether your doctor visit is for a well checkup or something else, preparation and good communication will ensure you get the most from the visit.
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Whether your doctor visit is for a well checkup or something else, preparation and good communication will ensure you get the most from the visit.

Whether your reason is to lose weight, eat better, exercise more or stress less, getting healthier is a top new year's resolution.

But one thing that's often ignored, or forgotten about, is the importance of knowing how to talk to your health care provider. He or she is an important check in making those goals a reality.

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What It's Like in the Depths of Sickness with Lupus

  • Posted on: 6 February 2018
  • By: jleff
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What is it like to live with lupus? In this post, I’m going to share what it was like to be in the depths of my sickness with lupus. I’ll paint a picture of what it was like to be incredibly, chronically ill.
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What is it like to live with lupus? In this post, I’m going to share what it was like to be in the depths of my sickness with lupus. I’ll paint a picture of what it was like to be incredibly, chronically ill.

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

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