Monthly Archives: August 2012

Fashion Flash

Shawna from Female Fat Loss is hosting the Fashion Flash.

Did you catch my rant? It’s about ‘no excuses’ concerning common sense fitness and fat loss issues. Avoid this post if you’re easily insulted, or check it out here.

What do you wear to a fundraiser when you’re over 40 and want to look polished? Arm yourself with these basic shopping tips from The Glam Gals at Fabulous After 40.

Who wore it best in our Foxcroft style challenge? Vote and win at Fab Over Fifty.

Depression is more common for women than men. Are you suffering from clinical depression or a depressed mood? Check out the signs and symptoms.

Prime Beauty gives you a sneak peek of the new bareMinerals READY SPF 20 Foundation–it just might be complexion perfection for the over 40 woman!

Don’t pout, there’s help for lips! Jackie Silver from AgingBackwards.com has the info you need to restore your lips to their youthful beauty.

Deb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog looks at the anti-aging power of onions. Seriously.

Bone healthy eating? EEK! One more thing to worry about? True, our bodies can lose up to 40% of their bone mass in the 10 years following menopause. But also true, the fix for this is both easy and delicious. Check out Mirabai Holland’s Eating For Your Bones Report, It’s Yummy!

Taking a piece from finding beauty around us, Fab Over 40 shares her 5 Fab Finds for August.

Is there still a prejudice among fashion designers on designing for plus size women?

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Hormone Therapy, Finally the Experts Agree

It’s been ten years since the Women’s Health Initiative hormone trials announced that there was an increase in breast cancer, heart attacks and strokes with the use of hormone therapy. Headlines warned women against taking hormone therapy without fully disclosing all the facts and issues pertaining to this study.

The public fear was so great that within a year of the WHI publication 66% of hormone therapy users aged 50 and older discontinued therapy. There was so much confusion regarding the safety of hormone therapy, even the experts did not agree.

Dr. Margery Gass, Executive Director of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) says:

We believe that too many symptomatic women are missing out on the proven benefits of hormone therapy because the results of the WHI, which studied the long-term use of hormones to prevent chronic disease, were misinterpreted for women with menopausal symptoms…Women and clinicians are frustrated by the many conflicting recommendations.

Finally 15 top medical organizations have come together to issue a statement of agreement regarding the benefits of hormone therapy for symptomatic menopausal women.

The North American Menopause Society states:

We believe that women deserve to know the facts that can inform their decision to use or not to use hormone therapy.

Ladies, here are the latest hormone therapy recommendations:

Overview message: Systemic hormone therapy is an acceptable option for relatively young (up to age 59 or within ten years of menopause) and healthy women who are bothered by moderate to severe menopausal symptoms. Individualization is key in the decision to use hormone therapy.

Consideration should be given to the woman’s quality-of-life priorities as well as her personal risk factors such as age and time since menopause. Risk of blood clots, heart disease, stroke, and breast cancer should also be acknowledged.

Symptom Relief Benefits: Systemic hormone therapy is the most effective treatment for most menopausal symptoms, including vasomotor symptoms and vaginal atrophy.

Women who still have a uterus need to take a progestogen along with the estrogen to prevent cancer of the uterus. Women who have had their uterus removed can take estrogen alone.

Local estrogen therapy is effective and preferred for women whose symptoms are limited to vaginal dryness or discomfort with intercourse; low-dose vaginal estrogen therapy is recommended in this situation.

Duration of therapy: The lowest dose of hormone therapy should be used for the shortest amount of time to manage menopausal symptoms. Although fewer than five years is recommended for estrogen with progestogen therapy, duration should be individualized. For estrogen therapy alone, more flexibility in duration of therapy may be possible.

Breast Cancer: An increased risk of breast cancer is seen with five years or more of continuous estrogen with progestogen therapy, possibly earlier with continuous use since menopause. The risk is real but not great, and the risk decreases after hormone therapy is discontinued.

Vascular Risks: There have been many other studies this past decade focusing on hormone therapy and heart disease, revealing that menopausal women between the ages of 50 to 59 who took hormone therapy for less than ten years did not have an increased risk of adverse effects.

Transdermal estrogen therapy and low-dose oral estrogen therapy have been associated with lower risks of blood clots and stroke than standard doses of oral estrogen.

Leading medical societies devoted to the care of menopausal women agree that the decision to initiate hormone therapy should be for the indication of treatment of menopause-related symptoms. Although research is ongoing and these recommendations may be modified over time, there is no question that hormone therapy has an important role in managing symptoms for women during the menopausal transition and in early menopause.

There is a growing body of evidence that formulation, route of administration, and timing and duration of therapy may produce different effects.

Every woman different and treatment must be individualized. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to managing menopause symptoms.

Finally, the experts agree on key points regarding the safety and role of hormone therapy in menopause management based on scientific evidence collected over the last ten years.

By Staness Jonekos
Co-Author, “The Menopause Makeover”

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Perimenopausal Depression

Are you suffering from hot flashes, night sweats, or cranky moods? Feeling hopeless, apprehensive, or deep sadness for prolonged periods? If so, you may be suffering from perimenopausal depression.

Depression is more common among women than men. Biological, life cycle, hormonal, and psychosocial factors that women experience may be linked to women’s higher depression rate. Researchers have shown that hormones directly affect the brain chemistry that controls emotions and mood.

Perimenopausal symptoms may be the cause of depression, and for some, it may ever be clinical depression.

According to the North American Menopause Society:

A depressed mood –This is a normal, brief period of feeling blue or sad that is commonly experienced and rarely requires treatment.

Depression as a symptom – This type of depression may be due to a wide variety of medical or psychological problems, or to intense reactions to life events (such as divorce, losing a job, death of a loved one). It is usually short-term and most often does not require treatment, although it can progress to clinical depression.

Clinical depression — This is a pathologic disorder believed to result from a chemical imbalance in the brain. A clinical (major) depression requires treatment.

Women who had severe PMS in their younger years may experience more severe mood swings during perimenopause. There are many factors that can cause an increased risk for depression from your genes, to having a prior history to taking certain medications.  Certain endocrine disorders, such as hypothyroidism, or other illnesses, such as chronic fatigue syndrome, are also associated with depression.

Signs and symptoms include:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Irritability, restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
  • Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
  • Overeating, or appetite loss
  • Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment.

Mild depression – feeling blue or sad – can be dealt with cognitive therapy, psychotherapy, meditation, Yoga, getting enough sleep, a positive outlook, healthy eating, incorporating appropriate supplements, acupuncture, and exercise. Exercise boosts your endorphins and can lift your mood. Engaging in new activities may help, such as taking Yoga or Pilate’s class, or getting out and trying new things, all while enlisting the support of your family and friends.

If you have lingering or worsening symptoms, you may need medication.  Depression can be a malfunction of your neurotransmitters, particularly serotonin, which is the feel good neurotransmitter. Medicines can be enormously helpful, although you will want to incorporate lifestyle changes as well.

Dr. Wendy Klein, menopause expert and co-author of “The Menopause Makeover:”

If you are still feeling very stuck and sad, talk to your clinician so you can get a referral to a good psychotherapist. If you need medication, in the broader context of menopausal symptoms, there is some evidence that hormone therapy can augment treatment and help people who are on anti-depressants feel even better. That is a decision for you and your clinician.

According to the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN):

The risk of major depression is greater for women during and immediately after the menopausal transition than when they are pre-menopausal.

If you suffer from depression whether mild, moderate or clinical, get support and visit your health care provider to discuss your options.

By Staness Jonekos

Co-Author, “The Menopause Makeover”

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Fashion Flash Late Summer Edition!

Fashion Flash Late Summer Edition hosted by BlackCatPlus!

Hi from Fabulous Las Vegas and MAGIC where we are attending our trade shows this week to see the new Spring 2013 Fashions! We’ll catch you up on the latest and greatest later for on trend plus size styles. Today, we are doing a seminar at the Off Price Show! But for now, here’s the news from my blogger gal pals!

Up first is news from Staness:

A new study reveals that combined with a healthy lifestyle, drinking red wine could reduce your risk factor for breast cancer. MenopauseMakeover.com has the results of this study.

It’s always fashionable to be healthy! Jackie Silver from AgingBackwards.com has the info on a new wellness contest. Submit your video today!

Looking for a classic beauty look for fall? Fab Over 40 gives us her thoughts on this classic Giorgio Armani Beauty palette for fall.

Eating fewer calories, exercising more and still having a hard time getting those extra pounds off? Here’s a question for you: How’s your sleep? Mirabai Holland has some interesting research to share.

Deb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog finds the perfect facial.

Fab Over Fifty shares the 10 best hair products for women over fifty. See them here.

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Coffee Mocha Protein Shake

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by Staness Jonekos

The Menopause Makeover

Ingredients
1 cup soy milk or skim milk
2 scoops of whey chocolate protein powder
2 teaspoons instant coffee, or a shot of espresso
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 cup ice cubes

Directions
In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Makeover Tip:
You can pre-make this shake and refrigerate, then pour into an insulated thermos, so it will be ready to enjoy mid-afternoon.

Using soy milk:
Calories 243

Protein 29.2 grams
Carbs 15.9 grams
Fat 6.6 grams
Fiber 4.2 grams

Using skim milk:
Calories 206

Protein 28.3 grams
Carbs 16.7 grams
Fat 1.7 grams
Fiber 1 gram

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Are You Confident?

Thank you for participating in our recent Self-Confidence Survey.

The results

80% of women had a negative body image
42% like who they are
63% felt confident that they had something they could do better than anyone else
56% feel they have something beautiful about themselves
100% see the beauty in others
50% are happy with their lives
52% felt they have a purpose
56% feel secure in who they are
What does this information mean to women?

Most women have a poor body image, but we see the beauty in others.

8 tips to improve your self-confidence and body image

Make self care a priority
Exercise most days of the week
Eat nutritious foods and watch your portions
Practice self love
Don’t compare yourself to others
Make pampering time
Do not let the media define beauty
Practice a positive attitude
When we are healthy we feel more secure. When we are secure, we can feel confident. When we feel confident, anything is possible.

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