[Giveaway] Stay On Top Of Your Sexual Health With Lubrigyn!

If you’ve been using bar soap or body wash to cleanse your intimate areas, you’ve been washing your body all wrong!

Your vaginal tissue needs a far more delicate cleansing and hydrating treatment, so we’re excited to offer five lucky ladies the chance to win the best treatment we know, called Lubrigyn. Made in Italy, its line of feminine care products is tremendously popular with European women, and now it’s available in the US! Each of the five winners will receive: (more…)

“Take Back The Bedroom” On The Balancing Act

Mark your calendars for this Thursday morning, ladies!

Dr. Alyssa Dweck and Dr. Michael Krychman are kicking off a 5-segment series, called “Take Back The Bedroom,” on The Balancing Act. The first segment, appropriately dubbed “Vagina 101” will air Thursday, July 7 & 14 at 7:30am ET/PT on Lifetime. Both doctors specialize in women’s sexual health, and we’re excited that these important discussions about women’s health, during and after menopause, are getting the attention they deserve!

What To Do If You’re Uncomfortable Driving At Night

Geri is one of the 40% of people over 40 who feel uncomfortable driving at night. See why she avoided driving after dark, and what she did to start feeling secure again behind the wheel!

Changes to our eyes occur gradually, over decades, until we suddenly realize we simply don’t see as well as we used to. As we age, our pupils shrink and dilate less in the dark, which reduces the amount of light entering our eyes. This can even make it seem as if we’re wearing dark sunglasses at night. (more…)

The Important Truths About Alzheimer’s Disease

This is sponsored content written by FabOverFifty in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association. All opinions are of FabOverFifty.

Over 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, and by 2050 that number is projected to reach as many as 16 million, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. More than two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women.

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June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, and we want to bring you some important truths about this progressive and fatal brain disease.

geri“It’s time to break the taboo and talk about Alzheimer’s,” says Geri Brin, founder of FabOverFifty.com. “When I interviewed Dr. Keith Black, head of Neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, I learned a great deal about this horrific disease, including the new tests and treatments that are becoming available to us. As our generation ages, it’s important for us to understand all our options for coping with Alzheimer’s.”
spacerThe sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., Alzheimer’s cannot be prevented or cured. This fatal disease progresses by attacking and killing nerve cells and tissue in our brain, affecting one’s ability to remember, think and plan. (more…)

[GIVEAWAY] All-Natural Pain Relief From Noxicare

Common pain relievers such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen and other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can cause serious health problems, from permanent liver damage to increased risk of heart attack and stroke, reports the renowned Cleveland Clinic. Today, we’re excited to introduce you to Noxicare, an all-natural pain relief solution, made from turmeric, willow bark, holy basil, rosemary, ginger, boswellia and alpha lipoic acid.


Traditionally used in Eastern medicine, turmeric has a number of long-term pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties, to alleviate conditions including arthritis, athletic injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, neuropathy pain associated with diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders and tension headaches.

Available in both a cream and a capsule, Noxicare can be used for daily relief. If you’re experiencing site-specific, acute pain, try the cream, the only topical formula with turmeric. The capsule is best used for general, overall pain.
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Four lucky ladies will win a three-month supply of Noxicare Cream ($86.85 for three 3.5 fl oz tubes).

TO ENTER TO WIN A THREE-MONTH SUPPLY OF NOXICARE CREAM, FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW. AFTER  ENTERING, TELL US IN THE COMMENTS SECTION WHAT TYPE OF PAIN YOU EXPERIENCE.

By entering this giveaway, which is sponsored by Herbal Health Care (HHC), the makers of Noxicare, you agree to receive emails from FabOverFifty and HHC.

Want a free, full-size sample of Noxicare Cream? Call 1-888-386-9898 or email info@noxicare.com.

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What You Should Know About Skin Cancer

As summer approaches, it’s a good time to take a good look at your skin, especially since 20% percent of Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).

Anyone can get skin cancer. People with fair skin as well as men over the age of 50 are at a higher risk than the general population. “When my dad died of melanoma at 69, it was a huge wake-up call for me to take care of my skin,” says Geri Brin, founder of FabOverFifty.com. “Now, I always make sure my family and I have our yearly skin checks, or go to the dermatologist in-between if I see something new pop up. I encourage all women to keep an eye on their skin and their husbands’ skin, who may have been less inclined to use sunscreen over the decades.”

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Here’s what you should know about the four most common types of skin cancer and how you can reduce your risk:

actinic-keratosis-landing.jpgActinic Keratoses (AK) are dry, scaly patches or spots which are precancerous growths. AK is generally found on fair-skinned people, following decades of sun exposure, especially on their head, neck, hands and forearms.. AK usually starts appearing after a person turns 40, and  can develop into a more serious type of skin cancer, called squamous cell carcinoma, if left untreated.divider
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Squamous-cell-carcinoma_landing.jpgSquamous cell carcinoma (SCC) appears as a red firm bump, scaly patch, or a sore that heals and then re-opens. It can also grow deep in the skin, causing damage and disfigurement. Early diagnosis is key,  before the cancerous cells spread to other parts of the body.divider
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There are simple steps you can take to protect your skin from the sun and reduce your risk of skin cancer. The AAD recommends seeking shade whenever possible, wearing sun-protective clothing, and applying a water-resistant broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT

More than 8,500 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer every day, and one person dies from melanoma every hour.

“Given my family’s history with skin cancer, I’m always on the lookout for new moles and bumps,” says Geri. “That being said, dermatologists can see things I may not notice, so I always visit at least once a year for a skin check. AAD is currently offering free SPOTme® Skin Cancer screenings and through the summer, so make sure you and your family go find a screening as soon as possible. Don’t wait until it’s too late!”

Skin cancer is treatable if caught early. As part of the AAD’s “Looking Good in 2016” campaign, they want you to make sure your skin is “looking good” by checking it for the signs of skin cancer. Their new “Looking Good” PSA uses humor to encourage men over 50 to regularly check their skin and find a partner to help. If you see any new or suspicious spot on your or your loved ones’ skin, make an appointment to see a board-certified dermatologist. Find out here where you can get a free SPOTme® Skin Cancer screening in your area. Visit the AAD’s site here and let them know what motivates you to check your skin for the signs of skin cancer.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of American Academy of Dermatology. The opinions and text are all mine.

Staying Healthy And Fresh This Summer

We seem to be forever trying to get ourselves in good shape for summer, hoping those unsightly bulges disappear by the time we’re (unofficially) mandated to don swimwear. But the health and fitness regime often goes out the window when summer actually arrives, with most of us trying to fill every hour of sun with enjoyment and relaxation.

Unfortunately, the effects of this can be significant – leading to short term and long term health problems. So, here FabOverFifty offers a handful of  tips to help you stay healthy and fresh through the summer ( we promise none of these take place in the gym).

Get Eight Hours of Sleep

We all know that when the temperature rises , it can be incredibly difficult to get to sleep.  It’s also tempting to stay up later with the windows open and a glass of wine in hand, and you may find that your much-needed eight hours’ kip is compromised.

Maintaining a healthy amount of sleep can help curb the risks of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and premature aging thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. Halle Berry (amazingly 50 later this year) claims that her youthful glow is largely owed to her nightly eight hours of sleep, earning her place on this ‘icons who love sleep’ list.  

So it’s vital that you allow yourself a little extra time to get comfortable, and settle down to a health-giving night’s sleep.

Considered Skincare

Perhaps the greatest temptation during the summer months is to try and make the most of sun by seeking out its rays at every opportunity with reckless abandon. However, we all know that this can lead to significant skin and health problems from dehydration and sunburn to, in extreme cases, melanoma.

Simply slapping on a low SPF sunscreen (to maximise the chance of a healthy tan) before basking in the sun all day can be incredibly dangerous. A suitable SPF sunscreen should be applied to the body 30 minutes before sun exposure, and should be reapplied every two hours.

Furthermore, the lotion should be reapplied after swimming, towelling off or excessive sweating.

Sunscreen is not the only vital form of protection against the sun; lip balms, hats and popped collars are all helpful guards against the ill effects of the sun. This guide from cruise holiday specialists, Cruise 1st UK, offers a handful of helpful skincare tips on your holidays or during a sunny spell at home.

Staying Hydrated


Ice-cold sangria may be thirst quenching, refreshing and incredibly delicious; hydrating, it’s not. Unfortunately, it  only will serve to dehydrate the body – making it increasingly important to maintain a healthy balance with hydrating drinks and food.

During summer months, it is important to pre-empt dehydration – by the time you feel thirsty, you might  already be dehydrated.

Dr. Pamila Brar discusses how much water we should be drinking every day in this article from Lifehacker. She suggests 13 cups of total fluids a day for men, and 9 cups for women – although this should be increased if you spend time in hot and dry weather.

We’d recommend trying to drink at least 12 cups of fluids during a summer’s day – almost one every hour when you’re awake (assuming you’re following our summer sleep suggestion).

And, a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables can complement hydration.

Prioritised Eye Care

Sun exposure is not at all kind to eyes and eyelids, causing short term and long term issues. This makes wearing protective eyewear incredibly important — sunglasses are not just for preventing glare and hiding the evidence of a few too many vinos from the night before.

Fortunately, large frame sunglasses are all the rage at the moment. As well as looking fab, these offer the most comprehensive protection for your eyes and eyelids. Investing in a robust pair of large frame sunglasses which are labelled UV 400, is a good start, as these will block all UVA and UVB rays.

A pair of sunglasses which tie around the back of your head can be incredibly helpful, making it easier to wear them at all times – even when going for a quick dip in a swimming pool, or a sun-soaked cycle ride.

Hay Fever Prevention

There are few things more irritating that the onset of hay fever when the pollen count is high. It can seem like an unavoidable by-product of the sunnier weather and blooming plant life, but there are a few tips to help you avoid sore eyes and the annoying need to sneeze. And with one-in-four people suffering from hay fever, chances are these tips will help at least one person in your household.

Just a little dab of Vaseline under your nose can help prevent pollen from sticking to the lining of your nose (the cause of so many sneezing episodes). Alternatively, a quick squirt of a drug-free nasal spray can achieve the same result.

Pollen counts are traditionally at their peak during 8am to 10am and from 5pm to 7pm, when the air is warming up and cooling off respectively. Where possible, try to avoid going outside at these times. Also,  open your windows at other  times to let cool breezes into your home, but not the sneeze-inducing pollen.

Dusting and vacuuming your home regularly can also remove any pollen which is sitting dormant, waiting for a moment to strike. When dusting, make sure you use a damp cloth to pick up any pollen rather than sparking it into action.

Recognise Hazardous Insects and Plants

It’s not just the human population of the UK which embraces the summer months;insects and plants turn out in droves when the sun is shining. Whilst most of these living creatures are completely harmless, there are a few hazardous examples (beyond the obvious wasps and nettles) which need our attention.

The NHS features  a list of the insects and plants to watch out for and  explains the tell-tale signs of these summer predators, and what you should do if you are afflicted.

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Finally, we know how important happiness is to health – and the summer months naturally make us all happier. Sunlight boosts your body’s levels of serotonin, the feel-good hormone, helping you have a happy and healthy season in the sun.

When Pain Relievers Can Cause More Harm Than Good

As we age, we’re naturally prone to more aches and pains. While acetaminophen and ibuprofen are available at minimal prices, and Americans consume billions of doses of the two drugs each year, they can pose major risks to your overall health.  But do you really know what effects they can have on your body?

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PAIN RELIEVERS CAN BE TOXIC

Acetaminophen is everywhere; it is the active ingredient in over 600 over-the-counter and prescription medications, according to the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). But taking too much acetaminophen can damage your liver, sometimes permanently, and prolonged use of ibuprofen can increase your risk of kidney damage, heart attack and stroke, reports the Cleveland Clinic. Side effects of too much ibuprofen also can include severe stomach bleeding (ulcers), heartburn, upset stomach and constipation. Both acetaminophen and ibuprofen should be avoided if you consume more than three alcoholic drinks per day, on average. Ibuprofen and other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can negatively interact with certain prescription medications to increase the risk of bleeding.

GO NATURAL

There ARE alternatives to acetaminophen, ibuprofen and other over-the-counter pain-relief drugs. Noxicare, for example, is a formula of natural ingredients, most notably turmeric, a plant that is a member of the ginger family. Traditionally used in eastern medicine, turmeric has many similar anti-inflammatory and long-term pain relief properties as prescription medications, according to the Arthritis Foundation.

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Besides turmeric, Noxicare includes other natural ingredients that work synergistically when combined, such as willow bark, holy basil, rosemary, ginger, boswellia and alpha lipoic acid. This blend of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories can help us find relief for conditions such as arthritis, athletic injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, neuropathy pain associated with diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders and tension headaches.

Noxicare is available in both a cream and a capsule. The cream is the only topical formula on the market that uses turmeric as an ingredient, and is best used for site-specific, acute pain.  Alternatively, the capsule is best used for general, overall pain that you may experience daily, in place of acetaminophen, ibuprofen or other pain relievers. Both the cream and capsule are safe for daily use.

DO NATURAL PAIN RELIEVERS REALLY WORK?

41ZfCbTOf+L._SY355_Yes, absolutely. Noxicare ran a placebo-controlled blind study of 80 patients who experienced back, neck and nerve pain, and saw great results: 90% of patients reduced their pain by 50% or more over a two week period. Study participants also reported they were able to cut their overall usage of pain relievers.

Noxicare is so sure you’ll love its breakthrough cream, it’s offering the FabOverFifty community a complimentary full size bottle. You just have to pay the shipping and handling fees. Call 1-888-386-9898 to place your order over the phone or get your free trial here.

This post is sponsored by Noxicare. Thanks for supporting FabOverFifty!

Win A Tespo And Get More Out Of Your Daily Vitamins

If you and your family take multivitamins, you’ll want to know about a new device, called Tespo, that will change the way you get your essential vitamins and nutrients. And, you can enter to win this innovative system that delivers them efficiently to your body.

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Thirty five percent of us don’t always remember to take our multivitamins every day, according to Tespo. Even when we do take pills or tablets, our bodies only absorb 10 to 15% of the vital ingredients, claims Tespo. On the other hand, liquid vitamins, on the other hand, have an 85%+ absorption rate. Pills also contain all sorts of manufacturing additives and chemicals that provide no nutritional value, while gummies multivitamins give you extra sugar that your body certainly doesn’t need.

headlinecupTespo is a small countertop appliance which mixes a powder form of vitamins with water to blend a liquid “shot” that is taken daily and is absorbed well by the body. Each of the company’s five formulas is conveniently packaged in a disc, divided into 31 doses, for a month’s supply. Tespo delivers a new disc each month. The device is easy-to-use: Just pop in the disc, place the shot glass in the holder, and press the button. With its chic design and fun mixing process, you’ll never forget to take your multivitamins again (and won’t have to swallow a pill)!

Women’s Essential: This formula includes Vitamin D3, Vitamin K1, and additional support to enhance the health of your body and mind.

Men’s Essential: A comprehensive formula for men, which is enhanced with zeaxanthin, lutein, and CoQ10 for added support of cellular development, eye and heart health.

Children’s Essential: Containing all natural monk fruit and no sugar, this formula is perfect for kids, especially since they aren’t fans of pills.

Energy: This formula includes caffeine, Vitamin B12 and guarana to keep you energized, and is a great alternative to coffee and energy drinks.

Focus: This caffeine-free formula features Panax Ginseng, guarana, zeaxanthin and lutein to provide a “boost” to your day.

A special storage compartment in the back of the device holds all the discs you and your family are using.

TO ENTER TO WIN A TESPO, FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW. AFTER YOU’VE ENTERED, TELL US IN THE COMMENTS SECTION ON WHY YOU WANT TO WIN THIS NEW DEVICE!

By entering this giveaway, you agree to receive emails from FabOverFifty & Tespo.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tespo. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Hepatitis C: Why Baby Boomers Should Be Tested

This post is sponsored by Quest Diagnostics.

Over 3 million Americans are living with Hepatitis C, but most of them don’t even know it. What’s even more alarming is that 75% of those infected are boomers born between 1945 and 1965.

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month and we are encouraging the FabOverFifty community to understand why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that all baby boomers born between 1945 and 1965 get tested for the disease, which may show no symptoms for decades.

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What is Hepatitis C and how is it diagnosed?

Hepatitis C is a liver infection, triggered by a blood-borne virus that is primarily spread through contact with blood from an infected person. While some people only experience a short-term infection, 70-85% of those with Hep C develop a chronic infection, according to the CDC, which can lead to liver cirrhosis, liver cancer, and even death. Unfortunately, the liver already will be severely affected once symptoms of the chronic illness do appear.

Hep C is diagnosed through a simple blood test.

Why should boomers born between 1945 and 1965 be tested today?

HepC_KNOWING_02 (2)Boomers are five times more likely to have Hep C than the rest of the population. Hep C rates were at their peak in the 1970s and 1980s, when boomers may have been exposed to contaminated blood during medical procedures, or even through body piercing, including ear piercing, and tattoos. It wasn’t until 1992 that blood was pre-screened and universal precautions were adopted for blood supplies. Since the disease can show no symptoms for decades, it’s important for boomers to be tested now.


Is there a cure for Hep C?

Yes. There are new and successful treatments, which can eliminate the virus from your body, preventing liver damage, cirrhosis, and liver disease. The sooner the disease is diagnosed, the sooner one can get treated.

Have YOU been tested?

If you were born between 1945 and 1965, you may be living with a chronic illness and not even know it. Talk to your doctor about being tested for this disease–it could save your life.

Learn more about baby boomers and Hepatitis C here: www.KnowAboutHepC.com.