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Menopause: A Natural Life Transition

Menopause: A Natural Life TransitionWith 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 life transition.

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Moods, Emotions and Aging: Hormones and the Mind-Body Connection
By Phyllis Bronson, PhD
Book Review - Carol Petersen, RPh, CNP Moods, Emotions and Aging by Phyllis Bronson

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...

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Blood Sugar and the Aging Brain
Written by Kathy Lynch, PharmD - Women's International Pharmacy
Pharmacist Corner

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.

References

  • "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).

Sincerely,

 

Staff at Women's International Pharmacy

 www.womensinternational.com 

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In This Issue
Menopause: A Natural Life Transition
Book Review: Moods, Emotions and Aging
Blood Suger and the Aging Brain

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