Menopause News Flash: Lose Weight –Save Money!

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Menopause News Flash – research, news and information
No need to go scouring the Internet. I’m here for you with all the latest menopause news.

Lose weight, save money. Sounds like a good deal, right? Well, researchers at Duke Medicine have found that healthcare costs increase with body mass index (BMI). For instance, the yearly healthcare costs for a person with a BMI of 19 are $2,368, while a person with a BMI of 45 or greater spends $4,880 on healthcare costs each year.

According to a new study published in The Lancettaking the breast cancer drug anastrozole for five years reduced the occurrence of breast cancer in high-risk post-menopausal women by 53 percent, compared with women who took a placebo.

Adding to the envy felt by short people everywhere, it turns out that the taller you are, the lower your levels of coronary artery plaque, according to a new paper in Cardiovascular Imaging.

Got heartburn? You might want to change your diet. According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Associationlong-term use of commonly prescribed heartburn and ulcer medications is linked to vitamin B12 deficiency, which can contribute to the development of dementia, nerve damage, anemia, and other health complications.

What’s a wolfberry? Your ticket to a flu-free winter. Scientists at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University have found that wolfberries interact with the influenza vaccine to offer additional protection against the flu virus.


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After struggling with her own severe menopause symptoms and doing years of research, Ellen resolved to share what she learned from experts and her own trial and error. Her goal was to replace the confusion, embarrassment, and symptoms millions of women go through–before, during, and after menopause–with the medically sound solutions she discovered. Her passion to become a “sister” and confidant to all women fueled Ellen’s first book, Shmirshky: the pursuit of hormone happiness. As a result of the overwhelming response from her burgeoning audiences and followers’ requests for empowering information they could trust, Ellen’s weekly blog, Menopause MondaysTM, was born.