Guest blog post from Dr. Trupti Gokani, MD, Neurologist and Director of Zira Mind and Body Center, in Glenview, Illinois. She recently appeared on the Dr. Oz show to discuss the benefits of Ayurvedic medicine and how your doshas can predict and solve your biggest health complaints. Plus, home treatments to restore your balance.
It’s winter. In most parts of the nation, people have already begun to hunker down as the temperatures continue to drop. For many, even during long, cold winter nights that seem best for hibernation, quality sleep can feel far out of reach.
Since the 1930s, we’ve known that sleep is much more complex than it appears. It occurs in several discrete stages, each of which plays a role in maintaining health, growth and functionality. READ MORE ￫
A large study by researchers at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) and the San Diego Veterans’ Affairs Department has revealed some surprisingly positive conclusions about women’s sexuality in the post-menopausal years.
If a woman’s desire for sex or enjoyment of sex drops off at menopause, and the man still enjoys and desires sex with his partner, this can be difficult for both. Couples used to bonding in this way may miss that closeness. A man whose desires haven’t flagged may feel frustrated and sad when his partner begins to turn away because sex hurts or desire wanes. READ MORE ￫
While thirty percent of Americans say they get regular physical activity, forty percent say they get none. With all that’s known about the importance of being active and the benefits it provides to both physical and mental health, Americans’ refusal to start and stick with a regular exercise program is only a few clicks short of insane. Excuses just don’t cut it here, folks. End of story. READ MORE ￫
This week marks the 28th Annual Economics of Diagnostic Imaging: National Symposium in Arlington, Virginia. Thousands of radiologists are meeting to learn about the latest developments in the field. The insights that come out of this conference are important to Ageology physicians because radiologists usually participate in the process of a cancer diagnosis; and unfortunately, that’s a diagnosis that is handed down to a third of women and half of men in their lifetimes. READ MORE ￫
From Ageology’s hometown of Chicago comes a new study on menopause’s impact on memory and cognitive performance (thinking ability). Northwestern University researchers have found that women in the thick of the menopausal transition do, in fact, experience memory loss, as well as lack of ability to perform well on tests of cognition.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s a national, collaborative effort between The American Cancer Society and breast cancer charities across the country to raise funds for breast cancer research, and to bring awareness to its causes, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.
According to The American Cancer Society, 1 in 8 American women – or 12 percent – will develop some form of invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. READ MORE ￫
Ageology clients who are investigating bioidentical hormone therapy (BHT) are often concerned that this therapy could increase their risk of developing breast cancer, based on what they’ve seen in the media on the subject.
That wave of negative hormone therapy press began in 2002, when researchers stopped one branch of the enormous Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study. The study indicated that for every 10,000 postmenopausal women taking a combination of estrogen plus progestin (Prempro), eight more would develop invasive breast cancer than in a similar group not using hormone therapy (HT). READ MORE ￫
Over 25 years ago, the National Breast Cancer Awareness Coalition (NBAC) was established as a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and a pharmaceutical company now known as AstraZeneca. These two entities are the driving force behind National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: 31 days filled with pink ribbons, monuments illuminated in pink , and, most importantly, information on the current state of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. READ MORE ￫
Unless you’ve been living in a cave or on a desert island for the past 15 years, you know sugar is bad for you. You know that it packs on the pounds and that, when consumed in excess, it increases your risk of deadly diseases such as heart disease and cancer.
You may not know exactly how this addictive, white, powdery substance—something many of us connect to our fondest memories (birthday cake!) and look to for comfort on a daily basis (mid-workday Starbucks Frappucino!)—has these effects. We’ll get to that in a moment. READ MORE ￫