My husband loves to recount this story: When we were first married, he came down with the flu. One night, he was having a particularly tough time sleeping. "Honey, wake up. I don't feel well." I barely moved. "Honey, please. Wake up. I can't sleep." Grunt. The pleading got a bit more insistent until I managed to register that someone was talking to me, and I wasn't … [Read more...] about Is Menopause Playing Havoc With Your Sleep?
Epilepsy had always been a topic that was very foreign to me—until it hit a bit close to home. About five years ago, when she was 52, my sister found out she had epilepsy. She was at work and had just hung up the phone with me after a brief conversation. She remembers feeling a bit "funny"—and the next thing she knew, she woke up in an ambulance, confused and frightened. Lynne had suffered a … [Read more...] about Epilepsy and Your Hormones
A (younger) friend of mine recently began having debilitating hot flashes and night sweats. She's in her mid-40s and was caught by surprise when her doctor told her she was beginning her menopause transition. With two young children under the age of 10, she thought menopause would come much later— "like, when they're in high school or college!" she moaned. Well, um, no, I said, not for … [Read more...] about The Beginner’s Guide to Menopause
Here's some good news for all of you who received dark chocolate for Valentine's Day: You're eating something that is heart healthy. The flavonoids found in dark chocolate are friendly to your vascular health and can lower blood pressure, improve blood flow to your brain and heart and make blood platelets less sticky and able to clot. But while you're munching on your chocolate (and not too … [Read more...] about How Women’s Heart Attack Symptoms Are Different Than Men’s
People are twice as fearful of losing their mental ability as their physical ability. What's that word again? What did I come in here to do? I know her...but can't think of her name. You're not alone if you mutter one or more of these phrases on an hourly/daily/weekly basis. And by now, you might be thinking that memory loss and age are two peas in a pod. Well, yes. And, no. Read more … [Read more...] about 5 Surprising Things That May Be Sabotaging Your Memory
Along with the wrinkles, graying hair and creaky joints that often come with age, there’s another certainty: changes in your vision. It’s normal for most people, as they grow older, to have small changes in their vision, such as difficulty seeing while driving at night, problems focusing on objects close up and an increased sensitivity to glare. But Rishi Singh, M.D., a retina specialist at the … [Read more...] about Keep Your Eyes Healthy With These Common Vision Changes