Seasons change and so do we. And just as
fall brings joys like beautiful leaves, cool nights and cozy
sweaters, we know this period of change in a woman's life
is also full of plenty to appreciate and celebrate. So turn
over a new leaf with Oöna. A few members of the Oöna
team have recently returned from an exciting conference at
the UCLA medical center focusing on advancements and controversies
in women's health, and in this month's newsletter, along with
our usual special offer and event news, we are happy to share
some of the most interesting news from the conference.
GOOD FOR YOU!
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This week in the New York Times, Jane Brody breaks down the
results and controversy of science and recent findings on
hormone replacement therapy. Click on the link below for the
full text, and look on the right for an interactive chart
about the dangers of HRT, as well as links to other articles
on women's health.
UPDATES IN WOMEN'S HEALTH
Over 350 physicians and nurse practitioners converged in Anaheim,
CA for the annual women's health controversies and updates
conference-and our own Anne Mathew brought us back some interesting
news on two featured topics, "Alternative Treatments
to Menopause" and "Osteoporosis."
Alternative Treatments for Menopause
46% women in the United States treat their menopausal symptoms
by using alternative therapies, such as herbal supplements.
Among the various herbs on the market, black cohosh was considered
to be the most effective for the treatment of hot flashes
and other menopausal symptoms. Because it does not bind to
estrogen or progesterone receptors, black cohosh received
high marks for not increasing a woman's risk to breast cancer.
Osteoporosis, which is characterized by decreased bone strength,
predisposes an individual to an increased risk of a fracture.
Here's a quick quiz:
What is the probability of a hip fracture during the lifetime
of a white female compared to a white male?
ANSWER: 14% vs. 5-6%
And, in African Americans?
ANSWER: 6% vs. 3%Two suggestions for the prevention and treatment
of osteoporosis are exercise and adequate Calcium intake.
A program of strength training with simple weights or elastic
bands helps to improve muscle strength and balance. Exercise
also decreases the risk of falls by 10-20% in the elderly.
Important nutrients for attaining peak bone mass, preventing
osteoporosis and treating osteoporosis are Calcium and Vitamin
D. An adequate intake of both Calcium and Vitamin D can reduce
the rate of bone loss in menopausal women. It may also reduce
fractures in women over the age of 75.
Good sources of calcium include:
- Milk, including powdered nonfat
- Ice Cream
- Cottage Cheese
- Sardines, or canned salmon in oil with
- Turnip Greens
- Corn Bread
- Calcium-fortified bread, cereal and fruit
That's it for this month! As always,
check out our website for lots more information at www.oonahealth.com.
In Good Health,
The Oöna Team
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