Tuesday, December 22, 2009
In response to the infinite number of questions received by readers, the two authors of Newsweek.com’s popular column on women’s health, Pat Wingert and Barbara Kantrowitz decided to publish The Menopause Book.
There are over 37 million women between the ages of 40 and 60 currently in some stage of menopause in the U.S. alone! Wingert and Kantrowitz wanted to provide these women with the up-to-date, readable, and comprehensive advice on this scary, transitional stage that they are seeking. In addition, they discuss the role of hormones, the latest advances in hormone therapy, findings on why it's difficult for menopausal women to lose weight, the impact of menopause on sexuality, and how to counteract a “wavering libido.” Most importantly, the book offers reasons “why this period of your life can be a natural springboard to staying healthy, feeling great, and looking beautiful for the next act of your life.”
Here are some key topics discussed in The Menopause Book:
· Experts have more confidence that there's a fairly low risk associated with a symptomatic women using a low-dose HT for a few years, right around the time of menopause (typically 51).
· More options are a good thing: It's true that "bioidentical" hormones more closely match the chemistry of your own hormones and some women find them more effective.
· Smartest strategy: stick with FDA approved bioidenticals: they are certified for dosage and purity, something you don't get with HT prepared at compounding pharmacies. Another advantage: The FDA approved ones are also covered by insurance.
· Why can't I lose weight!--It's not your imagination, it's tougher to lose weight and more fat tends to accumulate around your middle during the menopause transition.
· Move more, eat less: To maintain your current weight, you'll likely need to walk 15,000 steps a day (everyone else needs about 10,000) AND eat less.
Watch an interview with one of the book’s authors on Chicago’s ABC 7 News here.