Why Do 50% Of Us Ignore THIS?

Women are capable of doing the darndest things!

Here’s a good one: It’s not unusual for 50 percent of women with some sort of hip or knee pain to soldier on with their responsibilities for as long as five years before seeing a doctor.  “It’s extremely common for women to hold back before seeking care because they’re the leaders of their households and taking care of everyone else first,” said Dr. James Dowd, an orthopedic surgeon in Virginia.


At Long Fast!

Most of us are guilty, at one time or another, of doing something we know isn’t doing our bodies any favors. Think enjoying too many rich deserts; one too many glasses of wine, or pasta smothered in a delectable creamy sauce. On the other hand, we often don’t do things that we know are good for us, or don’t do them consistently or long enough, like exercising. Or fasting!

Yes, fasting! Although 73% of women 45+ recognize the benefits of fasting, according to a FabOverFifty poll of 100 women, the overwhelming majority (78%) don’t fast for enough time  to reap them. And, the rewards can be big, including increased longevity, health and wellness, as well as the renewal or elimination of damaged cells and tissues.  Fasting can help your cells acts like they did when you were younger, giving you more energy.

Of the 27% of poll respondents who’ve never attempted fasting, half of them think it’s “too hard,” and 40% said that they “never thought about it.” No question, fasting is hard to do, but you should be interested to know that you don’t have to starve or even deprive yourself of so many foods you enjoy to enjoy the benefits of fasting.

A Game-Changing Way To Fast (With Food)

A valuable dietary program, called the ProLon® Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD™), has been scientifically proven to positively impact biological aging and related health markers. And, just as the name implies, this diet “imitates” fasting, but you don’t actually fast. You’ll achieve all the good things that fasting does, but it’s a safer and easier approach that gives you more energy.  Plus, you’ll eat!

Here’s how it works: You consume a carefully prepared, strictly controlled selection of food with high healthy fat, very low protein, a moderate amount of carbohydrates, low sugar and salt for just five days a month, for three months in a row. You eat your regular diet on the days inbetween. (more…)

Why You Need To Update Your Nutrition During Menopause

by Staness Jonekos
Founder/CEO Eat Like a Woman® and author of Eat Like a Woman and Never Diet Again and The Menopause Makeover®

Managing our health is absolutely essential during the menopause transition and beyond, when aging and hormonal changes increase our risk of disease.  Osteoporosis affects one in three women over 50 years old, and cardiovascular diseases and stroke result in the deaths of one in three women every year. Toss in hot flashes, weight gain, night sweats, sleep disturbances, forgetfulness, itchy skin, and mood changes, and the change of life can become a nightmare.

It is imperative for us to maintain healthy lifestyle habits during this time, so we can keep our cholesterol, high blood pressure, and blood sugar in check, and not compromise our fitness and well being. As an avid student of research on women’s health, I realized that we could greatly benefit from a tasty shake that would give us all the daily nutrients we need once we enter menopause.  My Menopause and Beyond Life Stage Shake® provides just the right amount of plant-based protein, vitamins and minerals. It’s delicious, and it’s low calorie!


Poll: To Fast, Or Not To Fast, That Is The Question

You’ve never fasted a day in your life. Or, maybe you have, because you know something that the rest of us don’t. Please tell us the answers to these 9 simple questions. FAST!

1. Have you ever fasted?

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Drug-free, Estrogen-free and Soy-free Menopause Relief

Brought to you and sponsored by Amberen

By: Wendy Walsh, Amberen Ambassador,
Journalist, Media Personality, Psychologist and Women’s Advocate

As a psychologist, professor and a relationship expert, I’m thrilled to discuss the impact of menopause on our daily lives and to share my relief recipe for women who are needlessly suffering from menopause symptoms.

Hot flashes, sleep disturbances, low sex drive, mood swings – welcome to menopause.  

Now that boomers are reaching their middle years, it’s a fast-growing club – and one that I’m actually quite pleased to join. So should you. 

The best kept secret about menopause is that, if symptoms are managed well, it can be one of the most powerful stages in a woman’s life. But if this exciting time is marred by uncomfortable hot flashes, low libido, disrupted sleep, and mood swings, it’s hard to imagine that any woman can be at peak performance.

Change your menopause for the better, safely and effectively.

If you are in menopause and suffering from the discomforts of menopause, I want to introduce you to a product that is safe** and effective. Besides being praised by many women, it works naturally and is tested in numerous clinical studies.

That product is Amberen.

Amberen Multi-Symptom Relief is an all-in-one solution for every woman’s menopause.

Amberen is a dietary supplement created to manage not just a few but multiple menopause symptoms*. Its proprietary formula relieves up to 12 common symptoms, including hot flashes, night sweats, irritability, sleeplessness, mood swings, sex drive, joint aches, low energy, headaches, difficulty concentrating and stress*. You’ll be glad to know Amberen can also help manage menopausal weight*! Part of a daily regimen, it can be taken throughout all stages from perimenopause to postmenopause.


What Do You Know About Joint Pain?

Brought to you by DePuy Synthes

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease caused by “wear and tear” that ultimately results in painful joints, such as hip or knee pain.

Unfortunately, many women live with significant pain like this almost every day, according to a recent online survey commissioned by DePuy Synthes of 500 U.S. women aged 45-65 who had hip or knee replacement surgery or plan to have surgery soon. This puts many of their activities and special moments “on pause,” hindering them from enjoying life to its fullest. Sound familiar? Take the following joint pain quiz to learn how much you know about this critical issue! (more…)

Hear Clearly Again Without Spending A King’s Ransom!

“I couldn’t fake it anymore. It was getting harder and harder to follow my friend’s conversations in noisy restaurants, and I’d constantly ask my husband to repeat dialogue when we watched our favorite shows,” Sharon said.

If you’re part of the Boomer generation, like Sharon, that grooved to loud music in the 60s and 70s, chances are that your hearing isn’t what it used to be. Fortunately, you can hear clearly again, without having to spend a king’s ransom, now that one company has figured out how to bring women a sophisticated, petite and stylish hearing aid for price of prescription eyeglasses.

But beware of countless brands who are marketing nothing more than sound amplifiers, which are designed for those with normal hearing who want to boost sounds at certain times, say in a noisy restaurant. Amplifiers simply make all sounds louder, while a hearing aid can differentiate between sounds and amplify them based on the characteristics of the sound. Hearing aids also are custom programmed to make speech easier to hear and decipher, and they’re fitted to your ear so they feel comfortable.  Amplifiers don’t offer any of these benefits.

In a nutshell, amplifiers are not substitutes for hearing aids.

The EVA-lution!

EVA by ihear are appealingly small and absolutely first-rate hearing aids made exclusively for women, who lose more hearing in the lower and mid frequencies than men. They’re a fraction of the cost of other premium devices–only $399 each–because the average person with typical hearing loss patterns can buy them directly online from iHear. EVA comes with an assortment of standard and vented tips in various sizes, so you can could choose those that fit most comfortably in your ears.  And, they’re adjustable, so you can turn them down or up.   (more…)

Faulty Hearing Linked To Cognitive Decline

OK, so you don’t hear perfectly anymore, but you hear well enough to “get by.” So what if you can’t follow the entire conversation when you’re dining with a group in a noisy restaurant? And, your husband doesn’t seem to mind when you ask him to repeat something Julia Louis-Dreyfus said during an episode of Veep. No big deal.

Wrong! It may be a very very big deal that you’re ignoring your mild to moderate hearing loss, since a number of reputable studies point to a link between faulty hearing and accelerated cognitive decline. This doesn’t necessarily mean that hearing loss causes cognitive decline, or even that hearing aids can decrease the risk of dementia or slow its onset, but that it can speed it up. That’s enough to get my attention.

A Study That’s Hard To Ignore 

A study by hearing experts at Johns Hopkins (can’t get much more reputable that that!)  revealed that “older adults with hearing loss are more likely to develop problems thinking and remembering than older adults whose hearing is normal.” In the study of 1,984 adults in their 70s and 80s, volunteers with hearing loss, undergoing repeated cognition tests over six years, had cognitive abilities that declined 30 percent to 40 percent faster than in those with normal hearing.

Levels of declining brain function were directly related to the amount of hearing loss, the researchers reported. On average, older adults with hearing loss developed a significant impairment in their cognitive abilities 3.2 years sooner than those with normal hearing.

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“Our results show that hearing loss should not be considered an inconsequential part of aging, because it may come with some serious long-term consequences to healthy brain functioning,” asserted Dr. Frank R. Lin, now an otolaryngologist at the Johns Hopkins Center on Aging and Health. (more…)

A Single Test That Can Save Your Life

This blog post was written by FabOverFifty thanks to a sponsorship by Genomic Health.

Diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer 13 years ago, Susan Bakken had a lumpectomy and a sentinel node biopsy, which thankfully revealed that the cancer hadn’t spread. Although nothing indicated that Susan required any other treatment, she still wanted to have a genomic test– Oncotype DX Breast Recurrence Score–that would predict her risk for distant cancer recurrence, and whether she’d actually benefit from chemotherapy.

Susan had serendipitously heard about the Oncotype DX test through a friend of a friend who knew someone who worked at Genomic Health, the company that created it! Despite the fact that Susan’s mother–herself a breast cancer survivor– couldn’t fathom why her daughter would have such a test, 59-year-old Susan thought “why wouldn’t I?”

The test results revealed that Susan’s cancer would likely return. “I was at high risk for recurrence, so there was no question that I would go through radiation and chemotherapy, the recommended treatment,” Susan said.  “I didn’t want the cancer to spread.”

The Oncotype DX Breast Recurrence Score test determines the level of activity, within a tumor sample, of 21 specific genes — 16 genes linked to breast cancer and five control genes. The measurement of these genes is calculated to yield an individualized result called a Recurrence Score, which correlates with the likelihood that a woman’s breast cancer will return (distant recurrence), and also predicts whether she is likely to benefit from chemotherapy.  The higher the Recurrence Score, the greater the chances that breast cancer will return, and the more likely she is to benefit from chemotherapy. (more…)

What Patti LaBelle Wants You To Know

Sponsored by Pfizer

I remember missing only one or two days of school because of sickness when I was a kid. And, aside from taking short maternity leaves from work after my two children were born, I missed maybe a handful of days away from the office since I started working full time almost 50 years ago! I’ve been lucky to have good health and oodles of energy my whole life, so I could fill my days doing everything I loved, from working as an editor to traveling, from throwing dinner parties for 10 to renovating a 19th century house.

As I’ve aged, however, I’d noticed a definite decline in my energy. Sometimes I’d be so tired by midday that I’d curl up on the sofa in my office to nap.  A reduced level of energy, as a matter of fact, is a natural result of aging itself. And, because our immune systems naturally weaken as we age we’re more vulnerable to many of the diseases that can slow us down, even if we eat right, exercise, and don’t smoke or drink.

Pneumococcal pneumonia is one of these diseases. Your risk of being hospitalized after getting pneumococcal pneumonia at 65 years or older is thirteen times greater than adults who are younger than 50 years old!

You may feel like you were able to bounce back quicker from illnesses when you were younger, but you’re not as resilient at 50, 60 or 70, no matter how fit you think you are. It would depress me if I was too weak to work, not to mention keep up with my 4 ½-year-old grandson, who doesn’t stop moving, except when he’s asleep. And, who would walk Rigby if I was laid up in bed!  I am one of the 46.2 million Americans over the age of 65, and thankfully, we Baby Boomers are a vibrant group.  A close 60-something friend goes white water rafting and can hike 16 miles in Grand Teton National Park. I know not all boomers our age are as adventurous as my friend, but we’re “booming” by exploring new passions and activities, and we don’t want anything to keep us down.

Pneumococcal pneumonia obviously isn’t something to take lightly. By the way, you probably know that pneumonia is an infection of the lungs.  But did you know it can be caused by many different bacteria, viruses, and even fungi?  The most common type of bacterial pneumonia is pneumococcal pneumonia.3

To empower Baby Boomers to get a new attitude about the risks of pneumococcal pneumonia and the importance of staying up-to-date on the CDC-recommended vaccinations, Pfizer recently launched the All About Your Boom™ campaign alongside music icon Patti LaBelle. Check out AllAboutYourBoom.com for more information and be sure to watch a short, cool video with Patti, who wants to help educate adults 65 and older about this potentially deadly illness.

If you’re not already aware, you can help protect yourself against pneumococcal pneumonia with CDC-recommended vaccinations, so be wise and talk to your doctor about whether they’re right for you.  

We decided to create a little quiz to test how much you know.

1. What increases our risk of getting pneumococcal pneumonia in our 60s? (check all that apply)

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2. What happens in the lungs when someone gets pneumococcal pneumonia?

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3. What is a common symptom of pneumococcal pneumonia?

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4. Can I still get pneumonia, even if I've been vaccinated?

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5. How can I reduce my risk of getting pneumococcal pneumonia?

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