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The everything health guide to menopause : reassuring advice and up-to-date information to keep you healthy and happy

Author: Kate Bracy Kalb
Publisher: Avon, Mass. : Adams Media, ©2007.
Series: Everything health guides.; Everything series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd ed., Completely updated! [ed.]View all editions and formats
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Offers information on: hormone therapies; medical opinions on hormone replacement and hormone delivery systems; methods of coping with related health issues such as decreased libido and depression;  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Popular Work
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kate Bracy Kalb
ISBN: 9781598694055 1598694057
OCLC Number: 124036336
Notes: "Features the latest on HRT and alternative therapies"--Cover.
Description: xii, 321 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
ch. 1. Menopause, me? --
accepting the inevitable --
The facts : what is menopause anyway? --
When will it happen? --
What menopause means for your hormones --
What's new? --
Your body isn't the only thing that's changing --
Your mate may be menopausal, too --
Why attitude matters --
Talking to friends and family --
ch. 2. Menopause, then and now --
This isn't your mother's menopause --
What your mother taught you --
What your mother taught medicine --
Common wisdom : what's it worth? --
Constructing a new common wisdom --
Your chance for a brand new start --
ch. 3. A gateway to the rest of your life --
A brief history of menstruation --
Fast facts about PMS --
What causes menopause? --
Taking a closer look at perimenopause --
Health concerns --
Emotional concerns --
Social and family concerns. ch. 4. Perimenopause --
adjusting to the changes --
The journey through perimenopause --
Recognizing the symptoms --
Physical changes --
Neurological and cognitive changes --
Emotional and psychological changes --
Other peimenopausal changes you may notice --
ch. 5. Coping with hot flashes --
Hot flash facts --
Techniques for turning down the heat --
Hormonal treatments for hot flash relief --
Non hormonal medications --
Herbs, botanicals, and other alternatives --
Mind-body exercises --
ch. 6. The new you --
managing physical changes --
Irregular periods --
Heavy bleeding --
Heart palpitations --
Involuntary urine release --
Weight gain --
Other physical changes associated with menopause --
ch. 7. managing cognitive and neurological changes --
My mind --
where did it go? --
Insomnia and its role in menopause --
Understanding and treating sleep problems --
Headaches --
Dizziness --
Other neurological symptoms. ch. 8. Overcoming mood swings, anxiety, and depression --
Menopause and emotions --
Mood swings --
Looking stress in the eye --
Anxiety --
What is depression? --
Staying "on the level" --
ch. 9. But I'm still a woman, right? Menopause and sexuality --
Myths and fears --
Checking your sexual attitude --
The physical impact of changing hormones --
maintaining your sexual health --
Relationships and menopause --
Suggestions for your sexual self --
this could be fun! --
ch. 10 A partner on the path --
choosing a health provider --
Do you have the provider you need now? --
Personal qualities of your health care provider --
Professional qualifications --
Finding the right fit --
Talk with your doctor --
Take an active role --
Listen up, speak up, be honest --
ch. 11. Deciding whether hormone therapy is right for you --
The role of hormones in your health --
The facts about MHT --
MHT options --
Designer estrogens --
Weighing risks and benefits --
Part of a healthy menopause plan. ch. 12. Alternatives to MHT --
Why some women choose MHT alternatives --
Non hormonal medications --
Choosing natural alternatives wisely --
Herbs and other supplements --
Plant estrogens --
Therapeutic programs --
ch. 13. Health risks after forty --
The health risks you face after forty --
Heart disease --
Cancer risks --
Osteoporosis --
Urinary tract disorders and yeast infections --
Assessing your health history --
ch. 14. Menopause and heart disease --
What is heart disease? --
The symptoms of heart disease --
Women, menopause, and heart disease --
Risk factors you can't change --
Risks you can influence --
Controlling your risks --
ch. 15. Maintaining bone health --
Close-up on osteoporosis --
What to watch for --
Menopause and osteoporosis --
Understanding and controlling your risks --
Eating for strong bones --
Beyond diet : measures to prevent bone loss --
ch. 16. Eating for a healthy menopause --
Your nutritional needs after forty --
Nutritional boosts for women over forty --
Get it from your plate, not a pill --
Eating for weight management --
Sane, simple guidelines for healthy eating --
Your own revolution. ch. 17. Building exercise into your menopause plan --
Why you need exercise now --
Exercise can save your life --
Managing symptoms of menopause --
What kind of exercise do you need? --
Choosing an exercise program --
Helpful workouts --
Exercise for life --
ch. 18. Keeping your mind sharp --
How your brain changes as you age --
Give your brain the nutrition it needs --
Exercise your body to keep your brain healthy --
New activities and plenty of rest : recipe for a sharp mind --
Methods to enhance your memory --
ch. 19. Taking care of all of you --
Appreciating the woman in the mirror --
Changes in vision --
Protecting your hearing --
Keeping teeth healthy --
Caring for your skin and hair --
Making time for rest and relaxation --
ch. 20. Can being older mean being happier? --
The role of a healthy body and mind --
Stress and loss --
Perspective shifts after fifty --
Contributing to your world --
Living for the rest of your life --
Be creative! Appendix A : Glossary --
Appendix B : Keeping a menopause journal --
Appendix C : References and resources --
Appendix D : Your after-forty health maintenance plan --
Index.
Series Title: Everything health guides.; Everything series.
Other Titles: Health guide to menopause
Menopause
Responsibility: Kate Bracy Kalb ; technical review by Kathryn Arendt.
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