How Zeaxanthin Protects And Improves Your Eye Health

If you’ve noticed changes in your eyesight during the last few years, you’re certainly not alone.

The normal aging process, plus hormonal fluctuations such as loss of estrogen, can result in conditions from occasional dry eye to worsening vision. But, only 38 percent of women in a FabOverFifty poll said they’re paying enough attention to their eye health. That makes it clear that we all need to know about nutrients called zeaxanthin and lutein that can help protect and improve the condition of our eyes.

Located in the macula of the eye (the small area at the center of the retina that’s responsible for what we see straight in front of us, at the center of our field of vision), zeaxanthin and lutein are antioxidants that filter harmful high-energy blue wavelengths of light, and can help reduce the risk of chronic eye diseases, including age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. These conditions affect millions of aging Americans, reports the website of the American Optometric Association. The amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin are measured as macular pigment optical density (MPOD), which has become a useful biomarker for predicting disease and visual function.

“It’s critical to maintain the quality and health of this area of retinal tissue in a modern society that depends upon using computer screens and driving automobiles, safely,” says Dr. Stuart Richer, Chicago optometrist.

Since the human body does not naturally make all the lutein and zeaxanthin it needs, it’s important to consume foods such as spinach, corn, broccoli and eggs.  Diet isn’t enough, however, so eye doctors recommend zeaxanthin supplementation through natural products, such as EyePromise, a brand supported by over 20 years of research. The manufacturer’s science-based product line is offered in a variety of formulas, allowing you to choose one that’s best for your needs.

EyePromise Vizual Edge softgels are packed with zeaxanthin, lutein, vitamins and fish oil to keep your eyes in tip-top shape! It’s also crucial to visit your ophthalmologist every year to check your eyes for changes in vision and signs of any eye diseases.

Make an investment in your long-term eye health with zeaxanthin and learn more about EyePromise today.

This post is sponsored by ZeaVision, the makers of EyePromise. Thanks for supporting FabOverFifty!

Why Your Heart Needs More Fiber

FabOverFifty is a sponsored Meta Influencer, but all opinions are its own. Please see additional disclosures, below.

February is American Heart Month, a time when all women should recognize that heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. More specifically, it’s responsible for one in every four deaths of women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That’s a figure no wise woman should ignore!

Metamucil is the #1 doctor recommended fiber brand. Its fiber supplement, made from psyllium husk, helps promote heart health by lowering cholesterol. Since less than 5 percent of Americans get enough fiber in the foods we eat, it’s high time to consider supplementing our diets with this important ingredient. The 4-in-1 MultiHealth Fiber comes in a sugar-free, powder that can be mixed into a cup of cool water or another cold beverage like iced tea.  


8 Skin Conditions That Pop Up After You Turn 45

Named a 2016 top doctor by Castle Connolly, the esteemed publisher, Dr. Jessica J. Krant practices as a dermatologic surgeon at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York. She is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology and has provided medical and cosmetic dermatology for 13 years.

Dr. Krant is a fellow at the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), and a member of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) as well as the Women’s Dermatologic Society. (more…)

This Doctor Is Saving The Menopausal Women Of America!

When Dr. Pam Gaudry’s husband was dying of cancer, in 2005, she tried to continue practicing obstetrics while taking care of him and their eight-year-old twins.

“I had a huge practice, with about 150 obstetrics patients at a time, but it was very difficult to keep up with everything, especially because I often was gone at night. Something had to give,” explains the doctor who everyone calls “Dr. Pam.”

So Dr. Pam delivered her last baby at the end of 2006, and concentrated instead on operating, which allowed her to spend more time caring for her two children and ill husband. Although she originally thought she was going to be this “wonderful gynecologic surgeon,” excelling at hysterectomies and other important procedures that women might need, that’s not what happened.

“Patients were so happy when I stopped delivering babies, because it gave me more time to sit down and talk to them, especially women over 45 years old who wanted to discuss menopause and what they could do about their symptoms,” Dr. Pam said.  “And every time I was in the operating room, I missed helping women in my office,” she added. Those feelings prompted the doctor to stop operating in the fall of 2016,  so she could spend full time in her office in Tybee Island, one of the barrier islands near Savannah, Georgia.

Today, Dr. Pam exclusively counsels and treats women 45 plus on premenopausal and menopausal issues.

And, besides being a certified menopause practitioner, she has her certification in sex therapy, and jokingly calls herself a “gynechiatrist.“  Most sex therapists are psychologists only, she explains. Claiming she could work 50 hours a day and “still wouldn’t get to everyone who wants to talk about menopause,”  Dr. Pam thought about producing a series of 30-minute videos which would feature her discussing the most common things that women want to discuss.

Instead, she and the film production company wound up creating an 80-minute documentary, called Love, Sweat & Tears, designed to “de-stigmatize menopause, save the menopausal vaginas of America and start the Menopause Romance Revolution.” The film isn’t just brimming over with valuable information from incredible doctors and other health experts across the country; it features real women, couples, spiritual advisors and even comediennes talking about menopause, including Jenny McCarthy and Joan Rivers in her very last interview.  “We wanted to bring in some comic relief, and they really wanted to help us,” Dr. Pam says. “Everywhere we went, women were desperate to help.”

The powerful opening minutes of the film feature women, all modeled after Dr. Pam’s real patients, making emotional statements about their menopause, such as these:

“He doesn’t understand.  It has nothing to do with not loving him.  It just hurts”

“I’m afraid I’m going to lose him.  I’m afraid he’s going to find a younger woman.”

“Everything makes me anxious.  I have panic attacks all the time.”

“I can’t stop crying.”

“I am losing my mind. I feel like I have Alzheimer’s.”

“I don’t like the way I look. I can’t stand to see myself naked.”

“I’m mad at everyone around me.”

“Little 11-year olds go to school today with baby butt wipes, an extra set of panties, and their favorite pads. They are completely ready for puberty. But, we kind of let woman fall into menopause, and no one explains how we can prepare for these changes, and how we can keep ourselves healthy and active,” Dr. Pam emphasizes.

How To Get The Most From Calcium & Vitamin D Supplements

Staying on top of our bone health is important as we age, but not all calcium supplements are created equal. To help us understand how to properly include calcium in our diets, FabOverFifty recently sat down with Danielle Omar, integrative dietitian and healthy lifestyle coach. Danielle’s 21-day online program is structured to transform the way we eat after 50.

Why is it critical to supplement our diet with nutrients? What specifically do calcium and vitamin D do to support a woman’s long-term health?

Supplementation is beneficial for a woman today, even when she’s eating a clean diet or “real” foods — those that are un- or minimally processed, refined, and handled, making them as close to their natural form as possible. In this case, you might think you’re getting the nutrients you need – but that’s not always the care. Here’s why:

First, our food supply isn’t as nutrient dense as it used to be, when people were eating foods produced locally. Critical vitamins and minerals lose their potency when produce travels long distances.

We spend a lot more time indoors, which prevents our bodies from accessing sunlight, which is the main source of vitamin D.

Many medications we take also can inhibit the absorption of nutrients and affect our calcium levels, including blood pressure medications, bisphosphonates, antibiotics, iron, and some seizure medications.

Calcium, which needs vitamin D for maximum absorption, is essential in maintaining optimal bone health and to help prevent osteoporosis. The calcium stores you built up don’t change after age 30. After that, it’s a challenge to maintain your bone health.

Do certain types of women need calcium and vitamin D more than others, either because of their genetics or lifestyles?

Women’s calcium needs increase with age, and when they are pregnant or nursing.  They also change when a woman is very active or training for extended periods. If you’re preparing to run a marathon, for example, you may be losing calcium through your sweat.

If you’re are on a modified diet, you may need calcium that you otherwise would get from dairy, such as milk, cheese, and yogurt. Additionally, people with darker skin have a harder time absorbing vitamin D from the sun because of the pigment in their skin.

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Get Back Your Sexual Health With Lubrigyn Lotion

100 Women Will Win!

If you’re like 86% percent of women, who immediately grab bar soap or body wash to cleanse your body, including your intimate areas, you’re washing all wrong!

Vaginal tissue needs a far more delicate cleansing and hydrating treatment, especially during and after menopause, when it becomes dryer and thinner. Treat this sensitive region right with a hydrating formula like Lubrigyn Lotion, and you’ll experience benefits you thought you lost forever, including comfortable and satisfying sex! (more…)

Are You Taking Your Precious Eyesight For Granted?

When FabOverFifty recently partnered with EyePromise to poll over 180 members of our community about their eye health, we learned some pretty surprising facts!


How To Manage A Cold This Winter

Cold and flu season has made its grand entrance… and it’s not taking its last bow until spring!


Don’t be caught with a bare medicine cabinet if one of the bad guys sneaks into your home. Stock it now with the essentials to give you and your family comfort and relief the moment symptoms strike. And, head on over to your nearest CVS Pharmacy to get a flu shot, if you haven’t already. You need a new vaccine every year since the flu strain is different from winter to winter. The shot may not protect you completely against the flu, but it can make it a lot more tolerable!

The symptoms of a cold or flu include “runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, sneezing, mild-to-moderate fever, cough, headache or body aches, and some mild tiredness,” says Papatya Tankut, registered pharmacist and vice president of pharmacy affairs at CVS Health, who advises having these six products at the ready:

1. Cold & flu relief

The combo pack of softgels includes doses for day (non-drowsy formula) and night with acetaminophen and dextromethorphan to help reduce coughs, fever, aches and runny noses. The vital active ingredients also come in new Cold & Flu Relief Single Serve Cups, which can be used with a Keurig machine to  deliver them warm.


2. Sore throat lozenges

These lozenges have a mixed berry taste and include a mild dose of benzocaine, a local anesthetic, to soothe and calm an irritated throat.


3. Lip repair

Stuffy noses lead to mouth breathing, which can dry your lips.  Keep them hydrated all day long with dimethicone (a silicone-based lubricant), Vitamins A, C & E, as well as protected from the sun with SPF 20. And don’t ever lick your lips! “Saliva evaporates quickly, leaving lips drier than before you licked them,” says Dr. Lawrence Gibson of the Mayo Clinic.

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What We Need Most As We Age (The Answer Isn’t Health)!

When Dr. Deborah Heiser was an undergraduate student majoring in psychology, in the 1990s, her grandmother became sick while residing in an assisted living facility in Florida.

“Your grandmother is depressed. I’ll make her better,’ a psychologist at the home told me,” Deborah recalled. “And, she did! That’s when I knew I wanted to do something with the elderly.”  Now, as founder and CEO of the I.M.AGE Institute, Deborah is “redefining what being older looks and feels like,” showing us how to age well so we can lead “happy, fulfilled, meaningful lives.”

During a conversation with FabOverFifty, Deborah shed light on depression and aging–a subject too often swept under the rug–as well as on how to be “emotionally proactive” as we move from birthday to birthday.

FABOVERFIFTY: Please tell us a little about the field of ‘aging.’

DEBORAH: When I went to graduate school, about 20 years ago, there was one place in Alabama that had an aging program. The stigma around aging was quite profound. If an older person went to the ER, for example, the care probably wasn’t going to be as good. People didn’t think much about older people then. It’s changed, but still it isn’t where I’d like it to be. (more…)

[POLL] Are You Taking Care Of Your (Aging) Eyes?

Our eyes are one of our most precious and critical organs– but do we take care of them the way we should, or simply take them for granted?

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