Menopause NOW is a monthly roundup of menopause resources, headlines, and stories. By scouring the internet and leveraging our connections with women’s health experts, we’ll offer links and give you access to the information that’s more important to you.
In this month’s edition, we examine the link between weight gain and heart disease, take a look at a brand new full-length menopause movie, and learn how to have a happy-ish menopause.
Menopause Hits the Big Screen
Who’d have thought that menopause could come between Brooke Shields and her Calvin Kleins? The Hot Flashes, a new movie starring Shields, Virginia Madsen and Wanda Sykes, centers around—get this—a group of menopausal women who challenge a local high school basketball team while trying to raise money for breast cancer prevention. Can’t vouch for the movie, but you may get a chuckle out of the trailer.
Chicago Women Fight the Battle of the Bulge
That belly fat we pick up around menopause may cause more than just a little discomfort. According to Dr. Sheila Dugan of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, the extra pounds might ultimately increase our risk of heart disease. That’s why Dr. Dugan and her team have launched WISHFIT, a Chicago-based project to study the risks and promote healthy lifestyle changes among women.
Need a Good Night’s Sleep?
A recent story on NBCNews.com shows that mattress companies and retailers are finally recognizing the buying power of women in menopause. And if they can find a way to keep us cool and comfortable, they’ll find customers. Brookstone, for example, is jumping on the bandwagon with ChiliPad, a cooling and heating mattress pad that may actually help with hot flashes. Relief comes at a price, though. The products range from $399 to $999 each.
Yoga Poses for Menopause
If you’ve never considered practicing yoga to relieve menopause symptoms, check out this two-part video from yoga specialist Allannah Law. She offers specific instruction and a handful of poses to help manage hot flashes, anxiety, insomnia and bone loss. Could be worth a quick watch if you’re not ready to head to the local yoga studio, but still want to learn the basics.
Have a Happy(ish) Menopause
Maybe you watched your mom or aunts struggle with menopause and knew what to expect. Health and wellness coach Nancy Hallingse learned from her own mother’s experience and offers some words of wisdom on surviving the transition.
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