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‘Fat-Blocking’ Soda: Is it too good to be true?

 

 

In the endless battle to shake their growing reputation as a key trigger point in America’s obesity epidemic, the major soda manufacturer, Pepsi, has a new invention for the soda market: Pepsi Special, the “fat-blocking” cola.

The miraculous claims of this soda stem from the idea that fiber-rich foods contribute to weight loss. According to a 2009 study, dextrin has been found to have a positive impact on health, including increasing micronutrient absorption, stabilizing blood glucose levels and lowering serum lipid levels. While experts don’t condone the health claims or fat-blocking benefits to be as substantial as the advertisements claim, Pepsi isn’t worried, since the mere concept has already sold itself.

Read more: Pepsi seeks lead in the cola wars with new ‘fat-blocking’ soda

 

Experts Recommend a Daily Multivitamin

 

The supplement industry is a billion dollar business. Americans pour billions and billions of dollars into drinks, pills and tablets seeking better health and hoping to lower the risk of chronic disease. Multivitamins are among the most purchased supplements on the market, yet the value of the multivitamin is often called into question. And, it is no wonder when so many mixed messages are touted in the media and conflicting results surface from various studies year after year.  Thus the question, should you take a multivitamin?

Read more: Should you take a Multivitamin?

 

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Is Diet Soda to Blame for Your Weight Gain?

 

diet coke makes you fatWith all the talk about the dangers of sugar-sweetened beverages, people are making the switch to diet soda. But is it really the better choice?  For years scientists have debated the safety and health risks/benefits of diet soda. Today, research suggests that there diet soda and any artificially sweetened beverages are not suitable replacements for sugary sodas.

Learn more: Is Diet Soda Derailing your Diet?

 

Is Diet Soda to Blame for Your Weight Gain?

 

diet coke makes you fatWith all the talk about the dangers of sugar-sweetened beverages, people are making the switch to diet soda. But is it really the better choice?  For years scientists have debated the safety and health risks/benefits of diet soda. Today, research suggests that there diet soda and any artificially sweetened beverages are not suitable replacements for sugary sodas.

Learn more: Is Diet Soda Derailing your Diet?

 

New Evidence Shows Hormone Therapy Reduces Cognitive Decline

 

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As time has marched on, recent studies have found hormone therapy to be a safe and effective treatment for the relief of menopause. And, in many cases, hormone therapy has also reduced markers of disease in subjects; however no one has found significant statistical evidence to support this as an irrefutable claim – until now.

The journal, Neurology, published the results of a study that found women on hormone therapy actually have a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Read more: Study reveals hormone therapy impacts brain health

 

New Evidence Shows Hormone Therapy Reduces Cognitive Decline

 

reduce Alzheimer's disease risk

As time has marched on, recent studies have found hormone therapy to be a safe and effective treatment for the relief of menopause. And, in many cases, hormone therapy has also reduced markers of disease in subjects; however no one has found significant statistical evidence to support this as an irrefutable claim – until now.

The journal, Neurology, published the results of a study that found women on hormone therapy actually have a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Read more: Study reveals hormone therapy impacts brain health

 

New Study Helps Women make Informed Decision about BHRT

 

If you have been pondering whether or not to pursue hormone therapy for menopause relief, here’s a few new facts that might help make your decision easier.

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bioidentical hormone therapyThe KEEPS study

The Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study (KEEPS) began four years ago and was designed to test the safety and efficacy of micronized (bioidentical) progesterone combined with either oral (traditional) estrogen (o-CEE) or transdermal (bioidentical) estrogen (t-E2) to treat symptoms of menopause in healthy women aged 42 to 58.

Unlike the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) that erupted fear of hormone therapy, the KEEPS study used micronized (bioidentical) progesterone because it more accurately and effectively mimics a woman’s natural cycle. In the WHI, traditional (synthetic) progesterone was used along with traditional (synthetic) estrogen, which as many know resulted in adverse health effects in many of the subjects.

The KEEPS preliminary results showed:

  • No increased risk of breast or ovarian cancer
  • Reduced symptoms of menopause including mood swings, low libido, hot flashes, night sweats
  • Reduction in markers of cardiovascular disease (non-significant, due to small study size)

Notable mentions:

  • Women on the  o-CEE experienced fewer mood swings than women on a placebo or t-E2
  • Women on the t-E2 experienced vast improvements in sexual function and desire
  • Women on t-E2 experienced improved insulin sensitivity (lowered blood sugar levels)
  • The o-CEE appeared to raise triglyceride levels slightly, while reducing LDL (bad cholesterol) levels and raising HDL levels (good cholesterol)
  • Both, t-E2 and o-CEE had no impact on blood pressure levels

Learn more and hear from the experts at BioidenticalHormoneExperts.com:

Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Safely Provides Menopausal Relief New Study Reveals

And, a new Danish study found evidence that hormone therapy reduces risk of cardiovascular death. Read more here:

HRT is safe and cuts heart deaths, ‘significant study’ finds

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New Study Helps Women make Informed Decision about BHRT

 

If you have been pondering whether or not to pursue hormone therapy for menopause relief, here’s a few new facts that might help make your decision easier.

.

bioidentical hormone therapyThe KEEPS study

The Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study (KEEPS) began four years ago and was designed to test the safety and efficacy of micronized (bioidentical) progesterone combined with either oral (traditional) estrogen (o-CEE) or transdermal (bioidentical) estrogen (t-E2) to treat symptoms of menopause in healthy women aged 42 to 58.

Unlike the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) that erupted fear of hormone therapy, the KEEPS study used micronized (bioidentical) progesterone because it more accurately and effectively mimics a woman’s natural cycle. In the WHI, traditional (synthetic) progesterone was used along with traditional (synthetic) estrogen, which as many know resulted in adverse health effects in many of the subjects.

The KEEPS preliminary results showed:

  • No increased risk of breast or ovarian cancer
  • Reduced symptoms of menopause including mood swings, low libido, hot flashes, night sweats
  • Reduction in markers of cardiovascular disease (non-significant, due to small study size)

Notable mentions:

  • Women on the  o-CEE experienced fewer mood swings than women on a placebo or t-E2
  • Women on the t-E2 experienced vast improvements in sexual function and desire
  • Women on t-E2 experienced improved insulin sensitivity (lowered blood sugar levels)
  • The o-CEE appeared to raise triglyceride levels slightly, while reducing LDL (bad cholesterol) levels and raising HDL levels (good cholesterol)
  • Both, t-E2 and o-CEE had no impact on blood pressure levels

Learn more and hear from the experts at BioidenticalHormoneExperts.com:

Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Safely Provides Menopausal Relief New Study Reveals

And, a new Danish study found evidence that hormone therapy reduces risk of cardiovascular death. Read more here:

HRT is safe and cuts heart deaths, ‘significant study’ finds

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Menopause in Your 50s: Up Your Pleasure

 

Vaginal lubrication is linked to sufficient levels of estrogen, which tend to plummet during menopause, following pregnancy and with treatments for breast cancer. intercourse can become very painful.  You may lose the desire to have sex or endure  pain in an attempt to appease your partner. The impact on your sex life and health – mental and physical – is significant.

 

 

Reclaim your sex life! 

  • Hormone therapy.  Restoring estrogen and progesterone levels to normal levels can bring back the natural mechanism that supports vaginal lubrication. Studies have shown that in addition to treatment with the estradiol, the estrogen hormone, estriol, is also very effective.
  • Lubricate. There are many lubricants on the market today that have been specially formulated for menopausal women. Choose a water-based formula or use all-natural products, like extra virgin coconut oil, which offers a pleasant odor in addition to adequate lubrication.

Check out the article in the September 2012 issue of Family Circle18 Things Every Woman Should Know about Menopause by Jessica Girdwain

 

Menopause in Your 50s: Get Some Sleep

insomnia and menopauseBring back sleep

Low levels of progesterone and, to some degree, estrogen, can inhibit sleep. Without quality, it can be hard to reduce stress or handle mood swings.  If you feel plagued by insomnia, get your hormone levels tested. Getting everything back in balance can restore your sleep and relieve discomfort – safely and naturally, unlike prescription sleep aids.

 

Check out the article in the September 2012 issue of Family Circle18 Things Every Woman Should Know about Menopause by Jessica Girdwain