Menopause: A Natural Life Transition
With the “silver tsunami” of aging
baby boomers upon us, menopause
has moved to the forefront as a vital
healthcare issue. And, just as
they have done with each stage of
their lives, this generation continues
to challenge the status quo.
Menopause is no longer a taboo
topic and, in fact, it is almost
talked out in some circles. There
is an overabundance of information
on the internet, on talk shows,
in books, and in the daily news
reports about menopause and
its treatment. Yet, somehow, the
common misconception persists
that menopause should be feared
and treated as if it were a disease.
Menopause is nothing to fear and
it is not a disease—it is a natural
Moods, Emotions and Aging: Hormones and the Mind-Body Connection
How many of us made a New Year’s resolution to really buckle down (both literally and figuratively speaking) and lose that extra weight? Here it is the beginning of April and all we have to show for it is frustration! Why is it so hard?
Statistically, the number of people struggling with obesity continues to rise at an alarming rate. Yet, most medical professionals still maintain that it is only a question of energy intake (food) and energy expenditure (exercise). If only it was that simple.
In his book Glandular Failure-Caused Obesity, Dr. William B. Ferril offers a look at another hormone imbalance as a potential contributor to the obesity problem. His description of how the loss of hormone balance can lead to...
Blood Sugar and the Aging Brain
Written by Kathy Lynch, PharmD - Women's International Pharmacy
Alzheimer's Disease is sometimes called the "Disease of the Baby Boomers." So it is not surprising that current brain research is focusing on this disorder.
A recent study on blood sugar levels and brain deterioration by Dr Cherbuin and associates looked at 266 healthy, non-diabetic individuals, ages 60 to 64. The results indicated that high normal-fasting blood sugar levels were associated with brain wasting, particularly in areas relevant to aging. In another study, abnormally high blood sugar levels were associated with shrinkage of parts of the teenage brain as well.
Low testosterone, as well as high cortisol levels and estrogen/progesterone imbalances, can also lead to blood sugar/insulin disturbances.
Although more research needs to be done, controlling blood sugar levels through a healthy diet and exercise may prove to be beneficial in maintaining healthy brain function throughout life.
- "Higher normal fasting plasma glucose is associated with hippocampal atrophy: The PATH Study" by N. Cherbuin, P. Sachdev and K.J. Anstey; Neurology; 2012 Sept 4; 79(10):1019-2f6.
- "Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome and Functional and Structural Brain Impairments in Adolescence" by P.L. Yau, M.G. Castro, BS, et al; Pediatrics; 2012 Oct; 130(4).