Female Facts: How Much Do You Know?

Women (and men) tend to not know as much as we should about our own bodies. Every time I see a doctor, I’m hit with a new fact about my health! As we age, it’s even more important to be aware of the changes we can expect our bodies to experience. It’s also crucial that we understand what signals our bodies are sending us about potential diseases, so we can prevent them before it’s too late. Considering this, we’ve created a quiz to see just how much you understand about your body. Stay tuned. We’ll tell you how you did next week.

1. Lower hormone levels in menopause may lead to:

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2. Hormone therapy may be prescribed to help with bothersome menopause symptoms. This therapy may:

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50% Of Adult Americans Get These

If you’re like 50 percent of American adults, you’ve had nighttime leg cramps, and you know how excruciating they can be. Please tell us about your experience with these unwanted visitors.


Osteoarthritis: Something Unexpected May Impact Your Joint Pain

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Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, affects almost 30 million Americans today, reports the Centers for Disease Control, and potentially will impact up to 60 million people by 2030, according to an article in Arthritis & Rheumatism. Here’s what happens: When the protective tissue around the bones wears down, it can cause joint stiffness and pain that builds over time, especially in the knees, hips, lower back and neck, small joints of the fingers, and the bases of the thumbs and big toes.

While osteoarthritis can impact people of all ages and builds, studies have shown that weight and joint pain are closely connected. Small gains can make a big difference on our weight-bearing joints like knees and hips. Knee and hip pain can become so debilitating for some that even simple tasks can be challenging, like walking down the stairs or getting out of a car.  

Treating The Body From The Inside Out

Beri Esthetique
Dr. Kavita Beri
3200 Sunset Ave #107
Ocean Township, NJ 07712

About Dr. Beri

Dr. Kavita Beri is a board-certified physician and scientist in the field of regenerative medicine. She is the chair of the International Society of Regenerative Medicine: Anti-Aging and Aesthetics. Dr. Beri also is the medical director and owner of Beri Esthetique Mind Body Skin,  an integrative next-generation holistic med spa in Ocean, NJ.  She is an adjunct professor of biomedical engineering and scientist at the Center for Dermal Research at Rutgers University in New Jersey. 

Dr. Beri has published several scientific articles and presented both nationally and internationally on her research combining lasers and topicals for skin regeneration. She  is an editorial advisor & dermatology social media editor for the Future Science Journal. Her areas of research are in wound healing, stem cells, plant stem cells, vibrational medicine, regenerative wound healing, skin microbiome, regenerative cosmetics, and Ayurveda in modern application.

What is the philosophy and mission of Beri Esthetique?

Beri Esthetique is a next-generation holistic med spa incorporating western cutting-edge regenerative medicine, laser and cosmetic treatments with eastern vibrational energy healing, pranayama, yoga and Ayurveda to detoxify the body for graceful aging. We believe that our body has an innate capability to heal, and that we can use our body’s ability to regenerate itself. We create a personalized plan for each patient, based on treating the skin with the latest techniques, combined with a holistic mind-body approach that helps heal skin from the inside out. We also hold several workshops on how aging females can balance hormonal changes with diet and mindfulness techniques. (more…)

One In Five Of Us Over 65 Will Be Diagnosed With This Disease

Dear FOFriends: Bausch + Lomb has compensated FabOverFifty for this blog. I assure you that the content is factual and valuable, and all opinions are my own! – Geri Brin

If you’re at least 50 years old, please stop for a moment and do this:

Cover your right eye with your hand (if you wear glasses, you can keep them on), then make a fist with your left hand, and put it over your left eye. Notice how the central vision is cut off in your left eye? That’s what happens if you get advanced Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss in Americans age 50 and older, according to the National Eye Institute.

AMD will impact over 11.5 million Americans, and 9 million will experience moderate to advanced AMD, reported the American Medical Association. One in five people over the age of 65 will be diagnosed with AMD, according to the American Foundation for the Blind.

“We all take our vision for granted on some level, until something happens,” said Dr. Michael Cooney, a New York City- based ophthalmologist and retina specialist who focuses on the treatment of eye diseases, particularly AMD and diabetic retinopathy. AMD affects more Americans than Alzheimer’s Disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. “Early-stage AMD often does not present any symptoms or changes in vision,” Dr. Cooney explained. “Something can be going wrong with an eye, and you won’t even know it because the other eye compensates, and your brain can fill in the blanks,” he cautioned.

This explains why experts like Dr. Cooney recommend a comprehensive dilated eye exam once a year for people over the age of 50, which will screen for a “whole host of vision-threatening problems, particularly AMD.” And what better time to request your annual eye exam than now, during AMD Awareness Month. During February, Bausch + Lomb, a Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. company whose mission is to protect, enhance and restore people’s eyesight, encourages you to put your eyesight first and understand the risk factors of AMD, to help reduce the risk of progression. (more…)

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*. Part of a daily regimen, it can be taken throughout all stages from perimenopause to postmenopause.


What Do You Know About Hormone Replacement Therapy? Don’t Sweat It – You’re Not Alone!

This post is sponsored by Vertical Pharmaceuticals, LLC.  

As we enter our 40s, 50s and beyond, we hear a lot of chatter about hormone replacement therapy a.k.a. H-R-T. “Hormone replacement therapy is a hot topic (literally) in our community, and we’re constantly learning about all of the benefits,” says Geri Brin, Founder of FabOverFifty.

With so many sources of information, we’ve created a QUIZ to help dispel some common myths while giving you the real facts about menopause symptoms and HRT. HRT is medication containing female hormones to replace the ones your body no longer makes after menopause, are used to treat symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes and night sweats. Test YOUR knowledge by taking the quiz below. (more…)

Do You Stay On Script?

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I haven’t the foggiest idea how my mom kept track of the numerous meds she had to take when she was in her 80s. She lined the little bottles up like soldiers on the dining table, which she never actually used for dining, but as a holding place for necessities like her meds, bills, keys and eyeglasses. It was one thing to remember to take each medication.  What about remembering how often to take it and at what time of day? She could have used an Excel spreadsheet, if she had a computer.

I’m reminded of my mother now that I take three medications a day, plus I change my transdermal Estradiol patch every 3.5 days.  I take the three meds first thing each morning, seven days a week, but sometimes I forget to change the patch. That’s why I started to write notes on my calendar to remind me when I should apply a new one.

The renowned Mayo Clinic recently reported that over 50 percent of Americans take two prescription medications, and 20 percent at least five, so this increases the likelihood of taking the wrong dose, or even forgetting to take a medication at all. I’m a perfect example when it comes to changing my Estradiol patch! To address this growing issue,  and remove the anxiety out of remembering when to take multiple meds, CVS Pharmacy has come up with an ingenious prescription management system, called ScriptPath.


ScriptPath Prescription Schedule, the centerpiece of the system, provides a personalized, prominent, complete and clear picture of a patient’s up-to-date CVS Pharmacy prescription information all on one document, including the name of the medications; the most effective times to take each of them (morning, midday, evening and bedtime);  how much to take in each dose, as well simple refill instructions and personalized notes.  Colorful and easy-to-understand icons are designed to strengthen patients’ safety by simplifying how they take medications and how caregivers administer them.    (more…)

Age Better With This Cutting-Edge Form Of Vitamin B3

This is a “sponsored post.” ChromaDex compensated FOF with an advertising sponsorship to write it. Regardless, we only recommend products or services that we believe will be helpful for our readers. All insights and expressed opinions are our own. —Geri Brin
No matter how many anti-aging lotions and potions I rub into my skin, it’s unlikely that I’m going to wake up one day soon, glance in the mirror, and see my 30-old-face staring back at me. But the burgeoning nutritional supplement market, estimated at a whopping $20+ billion, consistently promises it can help me live healthier–and feel younger. Although I’d be willing to keep my crow’s feet and laugh lines, in exchange for feeling as tip-top as I did decades ago, so many supplement claims seem downright absurd!

It got my attention, however, when I heard that a Stanford-educated PhD, with his advanced degree in cancer biology, had discovered a vitamin that actually could reduce the effects of aging and rejuvenate energy production in the cellWas this for real?  

I wanted to learn more, so I arranged for an interview with Dr. Charles Brenner, the scientist behind this discovery, and asked him to explain his discovery in non-scientific terms. If a highly educated scientist hoped to teach me anything, he had to make it simple. Biology was my worst subject in high school!


The #1 Two-Step System To Treat Crepey Skin All Year Round

This is a “sponsored post.” Crepe Erase compensated FOF with an advertising sponsorship to write it. Regardless, we only recommend products or services that we believe will be helpful for our readers. All insights and expressed opinions are our own. —Geri Brin

The pipes in one of my bathrooms froze last week during the incessant frigid temperatures plaguing much of the country.  The good news, though, is that my skin feels soft and supple for the first time in years, despite the harsh winter cold.  Imagine, it’s 11 degrees outside, and the skin on my body is sensationally smooth! My legs, my arms, my hands, my neck–they’re all smooth!  I’ll tell you about the thrilling reason why in a moment.

Dry skin is common in later life.

We naturally lose oil glands as we age, and the overheated indoor air we rely on to keep our homes comfortable during the winter makes the problem worse! Think about a favorite pair of leather shoes that’s stretched out and cracked after years of wear.  Like leather, your skin has countless pores that absorb or release moisture. When it releases too much of its moisture, it will dry up. If it dries up too much, cracks may form, especially on your elbows and feet. What’s more, your skin loses its wonderful foundation of collagen and elastin, making it loose and saggy.  

Even if you continually use body lotion from Thanksgiving to Easter it won’t provide lasting hydration or softness, and won’t do a thing for the crepiness. I’ve bought dozens of lotions and body creams–drugstore to high end– over the years, so I can speak from experience.

As editor of a popular website, I’m often invited to try out all kinds of beauty products. One brand–Crepe Erasejumped out at me because I’ll never forget seeing the actress, Jane Seymour, talk about it on TV. She looks amazing, at 67, and has been using Crepe Erase for years, a fine endorsement right there!

The formula features TruFirm Complex, an exclusive blend that includes three plant extracts, to help reinforce our skin’s netting, so the skin can appear tighter and firmer, and looks like it did when we were younger. Crepe Erase also contains seven powerful hydrators, including coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, olive oil, beeswax, cassava and Vitamin E, which absorb quickly and work to visibly soothe and renew the skin.

Crepe Erase is the #1 system to treat dry and crepey skin on the body, and the Essentials Kit only includes two simple steps:

I grab my bottle of Exfoliating Body Polish when I shower, to lift away dead, rough surface cells and make my skin look smoother and more radiant. (By the way, don’t take long, hot showers because they’ll dry your skin even more!)  After the shower, I massage the Intensive Body Repair Treatment, with the TruFirm Complex, into the crepey skin around my neck, chest, arms and legs. The Body Polish has a beautiful, fresh scent and the Repair Treatment absorbs quickly and isn’t one bit greasy.

As I mentioned earlier, the skin on my body hasn’t felt this smooth and hydrated in many years, and that includes during this bitter winter we’ve been experiencing. I’ve learned that the more consistently you use skincare products, the better the results. I’ve been using Crepe Erase since last spring, and it’s paid off when I need it most!

Crepe Erase isn’t a glorified body lotion. Trust me, it feels like I’ve tried them ALL.  If my word isn’t enough, look at these superb results from a 4-and 8-week Crepe Erase clinical study, not to mention the extraordinary before-and-after images they revealed on QVC.




{Based on average results of a 49 person evaluation by an expert clinical grader}




{Based on average results of a 49 person evaluation by an expert clinical grader measuring décolleté, arms, knees & legs}

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