Monthly Archives: November 2012

Can Red Wine Reduce Your Risk for Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer remains the leading cancer in U.S. women. Over the last decade headlines have warned us that alcohol consumption, including wine, can increase the risk of breast cancer.

A recent study in the Journal of Women’s Health, found that chemicals in the skins and seeds of red grapes slightly lowered estrogen levels while elevating testosterone in premenopausal women who each drank eight ounces of red wine – just under two glasses (eight ounces) – daily for about a month.

The more estrogen that women are exposed to over a lifetime, the higher the risk of breast cancer. Based on this new study, co-authored by Chrisandra Shufelt, MD, assistant director of the Women’s Heart Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, red wine may serve as a nutritional aromatase inhibitor (AI) that prevents the conversion of androgens to estrogen, thus lowering a woman’s risk for breast cancer.

The AI activity in red wine has been attributed to the phytochemicals and not to the alcohol content. The isoflavone phytoestrogens found in red wine has been identified as a protective chemical. Other chemicals in wine, such as resveratrol, have not been clearly established as inhibiting aromatase, even at higher doses than those found in wine.

Dr. Shufelt, says,

“If you enjoy a glass of wine with dinner, you may want to consider opting for red wine.”

Drinking red wine in moderation may reduce a risk factor for breast cancer, acting as a natural weapon. White wine does not have the same protective attributes. Sorry chardonnay lovers.

Good news for our nondrinkers:

Glenn Braunstein, MD, chair of the Cedars-Sinai Department of Medicine and co-author of this study, says,

“For those who don’t drink, don’t start. Just eat red grapes.”

Per George Krucik, MD, Breast Cancer Learning Center:

“So the bottom line is if you choose to drink alcohol in the form of wine, try red vs. white based on this small study.”

Combined with a healthy lifestyle, drinking red wine could reduce your risk factor for breast cancer. I’ll drink to that!

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Fashion Flash

It’s Fashion Flash Monday by Mirabai Holland, MFA

Posted on November 25, 2012 by 

I’m Mirabai Holland, this week’s Fashion Flash Host. Our wonderful Fashion Flashers have a terrific mix of insightful info on fashion, fitness, style, food and advice just for us, women over 40! Tune in and let us help you make this holiday season special!

Deb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog looks at do’s and don’t of organic foods.

Move over BB cream! Find out about the benefits of Olay’s new CC cream from Jackie Silver at

Fab Over 40 helps sort out if you should have bangs or no bangs and what kind work best for you.

How do you accessorize a black dress for a holiday party when you’re over 40?  The Glam Gals at Fabulous After 40 have some stylish tips for you accessorize a black dress for a holiday party when you’re over 40

Conquer menopausal belly fat over the holidays!  Easy tips that can banish the belly jiggles from Staness at

Female Fat Loss Over 40 expert, Shawna K has three ways to boost your metabolism and if you’re quick you can sneak in on her Thanksgiving sale (extended just for you…;)

Plus size fashion bloggers influence the way people view plus size.

Enter to win a year of free beauty products from Fab Over Fifty, starting with the Clarisonic Pro (retail value: $225)!

Cindy at Prime Beauty has gathered the best lip gloss sets for gifting–no worries about size or color and what woman doesn’t like lip gloss??

Since this is Cyber Monday, I am offering my Fabulous Forever 7 DVD exercise set at a special discounted price for a limited time only.

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Yours in Health,


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Fashion Flash

Happy Thanksgiving!  Check out the latest styling, beauty and health tips from my favorite bloggers!

Enter to win the latest Menopause Makeover Intimate Giveaway worth over $500! Winner announced November 24th.  Like our Facebook page and let me know YOU want to win!

Kardashian Kollection leaves fans wanting more sizes in order to be considered a true plus size line.

Stylish outerwear can sometimes be difficult to find. Join Fab Over 40 with this Blue Duck Shearling winter coat giveaway valued at $895!

How can you avoid the typical holiday weight gain? Female Fat Loss Over 40 expert, Shawna K, has ten easy to follow tips for you.

Got skin imperfections? Jackie Silver from lets you in on a wrinkle-busting new cream coming to the U.S. In December.

Deb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog discovers the beauty of a traditional turkey dinner.

Should you wear white after Labor Day? What about Election Day? Fab Over Fifty wants to know what you think of this look!

Cindy over at Prime Beauty got into a little skirmish (a war really) recently with her fellow bloggers. See what she chose as her mascara warrior in Makeup Wars-Battle of the Best Mascara.

How do you wear colored jeans when you’re over 40, but don’t want to look like a teenager?  Get some great tips on this hot trend from The Glam Gals at Fabulous After 40.

Mirabai Holland, Fitness & Wellness Lifestyle Expert says,  “Release your endorphins for a healthy, happy holiday season.”

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Vaginal Atrophy – Do You Have It?

I have it, my Mom has it, most of my girlfriends have it, their daughters may get it, and our partners will be affected by it.

Vaginal atrophy will affect many women as they age.  According to the North American Menopause Society, up to 75 percent of menopausal women may experience vaginal dryness, a symptom of vaginal atrophy.

Last September the Partners’ Survey, conducted by StrategyOne and sponsored by Novo Nordisk, was announced at the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) conference.  The results showed that women are not the only ones affected.  Sixty-five percent of men worried that sex would be painful for his partner, and almost a third of both men and women reported that they have discontinued having sex with their partners altogether as a result of discomfort.

Vaginal atrophy affects a woman’s health, intimate relationships and quality of life.  Another international survey revealed that many women do not discuss the topic with their healthcare professionals because they feel vaginal atrophy is a natural part of growing older and nothing can be done about it.

Estrogen, important for maintaining vaginal health and lubrication, is the hormone that actually plumps up the cells in the vagina. When estrogen levels decline, the vaginal walls can become thinner, less elastic and dryer.

The result is vaginal atrophy, which is a chronic condition. Symptoms include vaginal dryness, burning and itching, irritation or soreness, pain and bleeding during intercourse, or urination.

Margery L.S. Gass, MD, NCMP, NAMS Executive Director says,

With severe vaginal atrophy, the tissues of the vagina become dry and sometimes fragile and inflamed. As a result, they are more prone to injury, tearing, and bleeding during sexual intercourse or even a pelvic exam. Over time, especially in the absence of regular intercourse, the vagina may also become shorter and narrower. The resulting discomfort can intensify to the point where sexual intercourse is no longer pleasurable or even possible.

Not only does the physical act of intercourse become a challenge but the increased emotional stress can be a double whammy for a healthy sexual relationship.

The Partners’ Survey, that included 4,167 post-menopausal women aged 55 to 65, found that 57% of women reported that they avoid being intimate with their partner, and 65% said they lost their libido.

The good news is the majority of the 4,174 men in the survey were concerned about what was going on with their partner. Unfortunately, this taboo subject has partners turning off the lights at night rolling over confused and frustrated.

This topic is so sensitive that, according to the International Menopause Society, 70% of women say their healthcare professionals have only rarely or never raised the subject with them.

James A. Simon, M.D., C.C.D., N.C.M.P., F.A.C.O.G., clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at The George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington D.C., says,

In my experience treating patients, most women are not comfortable talking about vaginal symptoms, especially related to pain and discomfort. The word ‘vagina’ is somewhat taboo so it’s no wonder no one talks about vaginal atrophy.

Taboo or not, vaginal atrophy is manageable and treatable.  The North American Menopause Society recommends:

  • Vaginal Lubricants: Decreases friction during intercourse.
  • Vaginal moisturizers: Non-hormonal OTC generally used twice a week.
  • Regular sexual stimulation. Intercourse promotes blood flow to the genital area, helping to maintain vaginal health.
  • Developing expanded views of sexual pleasure. If vaginal penetration (intercourse) is difficult or uncomfortable, consider so-called “outercourse” options such as extended caressing and massage.
  • Local prescription therapy. For vaginal dryness and discomfort that does not respond to over-the-counter lubricants and moisturizers, low doses of local vaginal estrogen therapy are very effective and safe. Local estrogen increases the thickness and elasticity of vaginal tissues, restores a healthy vaginal pH, increases vaginal secretions, and relieves vaginal dryness and discomfort with intercourse.
  • Systemic prescription therapy. Low doses of systemic estrogen in the form of a pill or skin patch used to treat hot flashes are also effective for treating vaginal dryness, although some women might benefit from adding local treatment to their systemic treatment to relieve discomfort. If only vaginal symptoms are present, local therapy described above is recommended.

Per the Partners’ Survey, 56% of women and 57% of men whose partners used local estrogen therapy reported that sex was less painful.

At the NAMS Conference, I asked Wen Shen, MD, Assistant Professor of Gynecology & Obstetrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, about the safety of vaginal hormonal treatment:

Vaginal estrogen comes in very low doses, as light as ten micrograms used twice a week.  There have been premarketing studies that show women who use vaginal estrogen do not increase their systemic estrogen levels above the post menopausal level.  After treatment, the levels actually go back down again to really low levels.

The vaginal skin and bladder are very well treated with vaginal estrogen, and they have more elasticity and thickness, so that the vagina can serve as a sexual organ again and the bladder can be less irritated.

It is important to discuss vaginal atrophy with your doctor to confirm that you are not suffering from a vaginal infection.  If left untreated, vaginal atrophy can lead to long-term complications in some women.

According to Dr. Shen:

Vaginal atrophy is one of the easier symptoms of menopause to treat that carries the least amount of risk.

Vaginal health is more than sexual health – it is good women’s health.

By Staness Jonekos, Co-Author The Menopause Makeover

Posted November 2012

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Fashion Flash

This week Fab Over 40 is the host of Fashion Flash. If you’re not already familiar with Fashion Flash, we’re a group of women over 40 that discuss topics such as beauty, fashion, fitness, relationships and so much more!  Be sure to check us out every week.

Here’s what is happening at Fashion Flash this week:

Six tips to keep in mind for plus size fashion this holiday season.

Female Fat Loss Over 40 Expert, Shawna K gives you permission to cheat on your nutrition plan to actually lose more fat. Scientific studies even support her advice.

For many women slamming into menopause, sex is the last thing on their minds!  Both sexes can suffer from a declining libido as we age, but women don’t have a little blue pill to pop to get their mojo back. Staness, creator of the Menopause Makeover, has tips on how to feel sexy during menopause.

Are you revealing the new, glowing skin your body so generously gives you just about every 30 days or so? Jackie Silver from has the rundown on microdermabrasion at home for skin rejuvenation.

Deb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog looks back at her search for an anti-aging smile.

Gray hairs are gonna clear up! Find out the new hair coloring secret that Fab Over Fifty founder Geri Brin has discovered, and see her amazing before and after photos!

Over at Prime Beauty, poor Cindy is befuddled (it doesn’t take much) trying to pick which bareMinerals Holiday Gift Sets to keep and which to give. I’m all for the 1 for you 2 for me method!

Finding a strong sense of self esteem over 40 can be hard for many women.  The Glam Gals at Fabulous After 40 share the key findings on the importance of instilling confidence starting at a young age.

Invest in your fitness without breaking your bank! Mirabai Holland, MFA Fitness & Wellness Lifestyle Expert shows you how.

And don’t forget to sign up for the Blue Duck Shearling coat giveaway! It’s valued at $895!

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Fashion Flash

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Fashion Flash is hosted by the incredible Shawna from!

From Shawna: “I feel fortunate to be associated with this wonderful group of bloggers that share amazing content for you each week. You’ll see what they have to offer you below.”

It starts with me and my RANT…I was literally ‘up in arms’ (on the pull up bar specifically) proving University of Dayton researchers that ‘women CAN do pull ups’.

Have you tried essential aromatherapy oils? Jackie Silver from sniffs out the facts.

Toronto fashion week shows that there is still some prejudice against plus size models.

cleardot Fashion Flash Nov 5, 2012

Tip from Menopause Makeover  for Hurricane Sandy victims:  After the initial Hurricane Sandy clean-up the next serious problem will be MOLD – it will be in homes, subways, and grocery stores. Be prepared, it can affect your health!

Prime Beauty is loving Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Soy Milk and Honey Whipped Body Butter. It’s a triple threat; an indulgent body treatment, a piece of collectible art from pop artist Kenny Scharf and 100% of the proceeds go to children’s charities!

cleardot Fashion Flash Nov 5, 2012
Deb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog  answers Five Top Questions About Microdermabrasion.
The key elements of maintaining a proper weight are learning to control portion size, eating a balanced diet, getting in touch with your hunger and exercising on a regular basis. Here are some essential tipsfrom Mirabai Holland, Lifestyle Fitness & Wellness Expert.

What should you wear over 40 to a formal event so you look Age-Amazing? The Glam Gals have the answer at Fabulous After 40.

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