What 59% Of Us Are Ignoring!

If so many of us don’t hear as well as we used to, why don’t more of us get our hearing checked? And why do the majority of hearing aid wearers say they’re unhappy with them? Learn how 140 women in the FabOverFifty community responded to this often sensitive issue.

I Couldn’t Believe What Happened When I Stopped Taking This Supplement!

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

At first I wasn’t worried when I started feeling lethargic a few months ago. Although I’m usually filled with great energy, an occasional off day usually means I should slow down and relax. But, this sluggish feeling just wouldn’t go away, and I became anxious. We know our bodies best, so when something doesn’t feel right, it may be time to see a doctor.

Then I had an aha moment: As I’ve aged my signature boundless energy had been steadily ebbing, until I began taking a daily supplement two years ago that promised to rejuvenate the energy production in my cells.  Could this blah feeling have returned because I’d stopped taking it?  I have a stash of the vitamin in my cellar, but hadn’t gone down the two flights for a new bottle after I ran out of my supply in the kitchen drawer.  I’m not a big fan of the cellar!

So off I went to get a couple of bottles and immediately took two capsules. Here’s the exciting news:  Within a few days, my energy had returned full force. I swear. And it hasn’t left me since because I won’t ever again let a day pass without popping the vitamin into my mouth.  While many claims in the booming nutritional supplement market seem downright absurd, I am living proof that this supplement, called TRU NIAGEN, actually can reduce the effects of aging on our cells, starting with decreased energy.  

When I first heard about Tru Niagen a few years ago, I  wanted to learn more, so I arranged for an interview with Dr. Charles Brenner, the Stanford-educated PhD behind the discovery, and asked him to explain it 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!

Discovering The Pathway To Cell Longevity

In a nutshell, Dr. Brenner uncovered the pathway between a molecule called nicotinamide riboside (NR), and nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD), which he argues is the single most important molecule in every single cell of our bodies. “We all absolutely need NAD,” Dr. Brenner said emphatically. “NR is a form of vitamin B3 that helps our cells to produce NAD. NAD performs a number of critical functions: It enables our cells to convert the fats, proteins and carbohydrates we eat into the energy we need to stay in top shape. It also activates sirtuin genes, which regulate cellular aging and the chemical and biological processes that help us maintain healthy and fit lives.,” Dr. Brenner told me.

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Unfortunately, our level of NAD substantially declines as our bodies slow down with age. Aging is the biggest risk factor for many of the diseases that kill us. Doing cardio and weight-bearing exercises all week, consuming a diet of nutritious whole foods, getting adequate sleep, and staying away from smoking and drinking are all important. “But cells damaged by the inevitable stresses of life, such as aging, look for ways to replenish their NAD, which helps keep them running smoothly. If we take an NR supplement, we provide our bodies with a proven source of NAD.”

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There’s more good news: Dr. Brenner is the Chief Scientific Advisor behind TRU NIAGEN®, the only NR supplement directly from ChromaDex, the worldwide patent-holder and innovator behind it. When you take TRU NIAGEN, you’re getting the real benefits of Dr. Brenner’s important discovery, without the side effects of some other supplements.

TRU NIAGEN® makes me feel wonderful— from overall feelings of well-being to consistent energy. I’ll never again postpone a trip to my cellar when I run out. Continued use of Tru Niagen sustainably elevates NAD levels, supporting my desire to age the best I can!

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Female Facts Uncovered!

The Unsweetened Truth About A Disease That Affects 10% Of Us!

I worry about getting
diabetes type 2.

My mother was diagnosed with it in her 70s, and her father had it, too, which I read increases my risk for contracting the disease. Most of us know that diabetes is a result of too much sugar in the blood, but did you know it can lead to complications including nerve damage in the feet, kidney and cardiovascular disease, skin issues and eye problems? When I felt slight tingling in my feet, on and off during the last few weeks, my concern escalated, since that’s listed among the symptoms. I’ve also been eating entirely too many sweets for a few months. Ice cream. Chocolate- covered graham crackers and pretzels. More ice cream. (more…)

8 Important Medical Tests For FOF Women

Most of us have self-consciously slipped our bare feet into the metal contraptions on the gynecologist’s examining table, year in and year out, for our annual PAP smears. At last, we don’t have to go through this female ritual quite so often. Read on to find out why, and to learn what other female-specific medical tests we need to do, and how often.

FabOverFifty got the lowdown from one of our favorite doctors, Alyssa Dweck, who specializes in treating menopausal and postmenopausal women.


“This is all the rage right now in regards to changes in guidelines. The Pap smear can now be done as infrequently as every three to five years in women 30 and older who’ve had normal Pap smears for a while.  The test for Human Papillomavirus (HPV is a sexually transmitted virus that can lead to cervical cancer) is performed simultaneously.  Most women over 65 years old no longer need Pap smears since the risk for cervical cancer is quite low for women in this demographic. (more…)

Yale Medical School Specialist unravels what you really need to know about breast cancer as you age

Depending on who you are, there is more to breast cancer testing than having a mammogram. This exclusive report clearly and concisely presents the facts you need to help you wisely  approach the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.

It’s for you. Your daughters. Your sisters. Your nieces.  Your friends. All you need is one single copy to help you spread the word.

This Exclusive Health Report on breast cancer from Yale Medical School reveals:  

  • The leading risk factor you can’t control

  • The risk factors you can control

  • How to interpret your family history

  • The surprising role of BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes

  • When to see a genetic counselor

  • How to make sense of the confusion surrounding mammograms  

  • The meaning of breast density

  • And more. Much more.


Sexy Talk With Cheryl Hines

FabOverFifty previously collaborated with AMAG Pharmaceuticals as part of its PAINFULLY AWKWARD CONVERSATIONS campaign. Make sure to learn more about Cheryl’s important mission here and here.

I read that members of the cast of Curb Your Enthusiasm improvised their dialog based on a bare outline for the popular sitcom starring Cheryl Hines and Larry David.  But when I recently asked Cheryl if she’d ad lib a funny line that women could use to open up a conversation about painful sex, she was stumped. No surprise there. Painful sex isn’t an especially funny subject, even for a comedian.

Why in the world would I be talking to Cheryl about painful sex in the first place?

Well,  Emmy nominated actress Cheryl has partnered with AMAG Pharmaceuticals to start the conversation about the subject, which can be mighty uncomfortable for many women. Through a series of lighthearted vignettes, Cheryl and a few of her friends want to empower you to begin your own discussion with your pals, partners and healthcare providers.

“I think It’s hard for women to talk about painful sex because they’re unsure if other women are experiencing it,” Cheryl told me. “It’s easier to talk about something when you feel pretty sure other women are going through the same thing. I was drawn to AMAG’s PAINFULLY AWKWARD CONVERSATIONS campaign so we could help make it easier to approach one another.”


When Cheryl was thinking of getting involved with the AMAG campaign, she talked to her friends, and “across the board they told me I have to do it,” she said. “It was eye opening for me. Painful sex is a women’s health issue and we shouldn’t be shy about it.  I want to open the door for women to bring up with their healthcare providers since there are things they can do about it.

“Men today freely talk about erectile dysfunction because treatment is available,” Cheryl explained. “The same thing should be happening with painful sex. If you’re in a private setting, and you’re talking with your friends about guys, fitness, or just having some mimosas, throw the subject out there and ask if it’s just you or if they’re feeling the same way.”

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Side note:  I was happy to hear that Cheryl is shooting another season of Curb Your Enthusiasm. “I directed an episode, which was very exciting,” she told me. She expects it will air this year, “perhaps in the fall.”

6 Reasons To NEVER Drink Another Diet Soda

Is this the one vice
every FOF needs to give up… now?


When Dr. Vincent Pedre, MD, one of New York City’s most sought after internists, meets a new patient, he always asks her: “How much soda do you drink? How much diet soda do you drink?”

“I don’t wait for her to volunteer the information,” says Pedre. “Soda consumption is an important part of the overall health history.” The fact is, millions of us drink diet soda because we’re (a) trying to lose weight; (b) like it more than water; and (c) compared to soda, it’s the lesser of two evils… right?  Wrong, says Dr. Pedre, who insists that diet soda is just as bad if not worse for your body… and for your waistline.  Here, he offers seven reasons to stop drinking it right now.

1. It actually makes you fatter.

Scientists at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio followed 474 people for 10 years and found that the more diet soda the subjects drank, the fatter they got. Diet soft drink users experienced 70 percent greater increases in waist circumference compared with non-users. Those who drank two or more diet sodas a day saw their waists grow 500% bigger than non-users, even when controlling for things like age and exercise. Wait… what? How could America’s favorite diet drink be making us fat? “We still don’t know for sure, why,” says Dr. Pedre. “One theory is that when you eat something sweet, it triggers insulin and the cascade of hormones that make you feel full. Diet soda triggers the sweet receptors on your tongue, but not the insulin, so you never feel full. It actually causes you to crave—and probably eat—more high-carb, processed foods.”

2.  It increases risk of stroke, heart attack and cardiovascular disease.

A recent study of 2,564 adults over 40 living in Manhattan (published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine) concluded that daily consumption of diet soda was independently associated with an increased risk for stroke, heart attack and death. Shockingly, consumption of regular soda was not associated with an increased risk. “Again, this doesn’t tell us why,” says Dr. Pedre, “but we know that people who drink diet soda seem to gain weight and have a greater chance of developing metabolic syndrome,” an increasingly common syndrome associated with abdominal weight gain, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, insulin resistance, an increased risk for heart disease and diabetes.

3. It gives you a super-powered sweet tooth.

“The level of sweetness in these diet drinks—the strength with which they stimulate your sweet receptors—is so strong, that you can lose the ability to taste the natural sweetness in foods like fruits and vegetables,” says Dr. Pedre. “You end up wanting to eat things that are going to stimulate those receptors, such as processed foods and other sweets. When you put someone on a detox, and take these things out of their diet for a while, their taste receptors come back. Suddenly they’re able to eat a blueberry, which maybe tasted bland before, and appreciate how delicious it is.”

4. It leaches calcium from your bones.

Diets high in phosphoric acid are associated with lower bone density, hip fractures and osteoporosis. Guess what contains phosphorous? That’s right, cola. Phosphoric acid gives your diet Coke that tangy, acidic taste that’s so fun to drink, plus it prevents mold and bacteria from forming in the can. Yum? “The addition of caffeine also causes reduced calcium absorption,” points out Dr. Pedre. “If you’re drinking a diet cola or two a day, you’re really setting yourself up for osteoporosis in the long run.”

5. Some experts insist that artificial sweetener is a neurotoxin.

The debate has long raged as to whether artificial sweeteners cause cancer. “It’s fine!” says your friend as she swirls five Equals into her coffee. “That answer is still up in the air,” admits Dr. Pedre, “But, aspartame is a neurotoxin, which means it causes irritation and over-stimulation of the nerves.” This is also a highly controversial statement. The FDA has assured consumers that aspartame is safe, however the debate has raged on, and in recent years many European brands have been slowly removing aspartame from their products. In addition, a minority of very vocal doctors, including Dr. Joseph Mercola, a Huffington Post blogger, and Dr. Russell Blaylock, a board certified neurosurgeon, have led crusades against the additive, insisting that it causes longterm nerve and neurological damage, with common symptoms being headaches and migraines. According to a widely quoted article by Dr. Mercola, “100 percent of the industry funded studies supported aspartame’s safety, while 92 percent of the independently funded studies identified at least one potential health concern.”

6. The caramel color is a carcinogen.

Coca Cola and Pepsi both use a chemical called 4-methylimidazole (4-MI) to give their drinks that signature brown, caramel color. Looks yummy, but 4MI is a known carcinogen that, in high doses, has been linked to cancer in mice and rats. As part of California’s new Proposition 65, a company must inform consumers if its products contain any substance “known to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity.” Reluctant to put a “toxic” warning on millions of cans, Coca Cola released a statement this week saying: “We have asked our caramel manufacturers to modify their production process to reduce the amount of 4-MI in the caramel.” Is the additive gone? No. Is this language sort of hazy? Yes. “The FDA has let this slide because they say the quantity of 4MI in the sodas isn’t enough to be harmful,” explains Dr. Pedre, “But these toxins are stored in fat, so if you’re overweight or carry weight in your mid-section, I can tell you that you’re likely not flushing this toxin out of your body. Each time you drink a soda, more toxins are going in than are coming out. That cumulative effect is very hard to account for.”

Ready to crack open an ice cold cola? Yeah… we aren’t either. So what should we drink? “Water,” says Dr. Pedre. “I can also get on board with sparkling water and a touch of organic berry juice or lemon. Bottom line: If you drink water, herbal tea and eat lots of plants, you just don’t have to worry about this stuff.” How… refreshing.

We’re curious… do you drink diet soda?

Adults 65+ Don’t Want A Surprise Visitor Like This!

This post is sponsored and developed in part by Pfizer; however, the opinions are my own

Let’s say you and your husband, both in your mid-60s, can’t wait to celebrate your anniversary doing something you love, like hiking or golfing. You’re both as active today as you were when you married decades ago, and every year since you’ve become empty nesters, you go hiking or golfing in a new spot. But what if you never make it to this year’s destination because one of you comes down with pneumococcal pneumonia? Instead of visiting an exciting place like The Grand Canyon or St. Andrews, imagine that you’re stuck at home or in severe cases, maybe even in the hospital.

Don’t let pneumococcal pneumonia pay you a surprise visit. Active boomers who watch their diets like hawks, get the recommended eight hours of sleep every night, and work out in the gym, can still get pneumococcal pneumonia. That’s because the immune system naturally weakens as we age. This makes us more vulnerable to a potentially serious bacterial lung disease like pneumococcal pneumonia. As a matter of fact, adults 65 years or older are over 10 times more likely to be hospitalized with pneumococcal pneumonia than adults 18 to 49.1,2

Considering there are more than 47.8 million adults 65 or older in the United States today3, pneumococcal pneumonia has the potential to sideline any of us from the experiences that our vibrant generation loves. Pneumococcal pneumonia may cause symptoms including coughing, difficulty breathing, high fever, excessive sweating, shaking chills and chest pain.4 It can be life threatening in severe cases. It can strike anywhere, anytime and may start quickly with little warning.

Another critical fact you might not know: You can help protect yourself against pneumococcal pneumonia with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-recommended vaccinations. As of September 2016, less than 19 percent of adults 65 years or older were fully vaccinated with both recommended pneumococcal vaccines, according to the CDC.5

Pfizer recently launched the All About Your BoomTM campaign to help educate adults 65 and older about this potentially serious bacterial lung disease and the importance of staying up-to-date on CDC- recommended vaccinations.

Check out this website for more information, and be sure to watch the short, fun video here featuring football legend and analyst Terry Bradshaw, who partnered with Pfizer to spread the word about the campaign. We all love Terry for his keen sense of humor, but he knows this is one subject that’s no laughing matter.

Don’t become another statistic. If you’re 65 years or older, talk to your doctor about your own level of risk, and whether vaccination to help prevent pneumococcal pneumonia is right for you.

PP-PNA-USA-3460-3 © 2018 Pfizer Inc. All rights reserved. December 2018

Ramirez J. Adults Hospitalized with Pneumonia in the United States: Incidence, Epidemiology and Mortality. Open Forum Infectious Diseases. 2017; 4: Figure 2.
2 Data on file. Pfizer Inc, New York, NY.
3 U.S. Census Bureau. Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Selected Age Groups by Sex for the United States, States, Counties and Puerto Rico Commonwealth and Municipios: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pneumococcal Disease: Symptoms & Complications. http://www.cdc.gov/pneumococcal/about/symptoms-complications.html. Accessed April 4, 2017.
5 Black CL. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). 2017. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/mm6627a4.htm. Retrieved July 17, 2018.

Please Join Us This Holiday Season To Help The Children of Yemen

A five-year-old girl is treated in a Save the Children therapeutic feeding centre in Hodeida, Yemen. Photo: Ali Ashwal/Save the Children.


One of the missions of FabOverFifty is to bring you reliable and exclusive information about crucial health issues, such as the One-Day Medical School presentations from five super smart, Yale Medical School doctors about our hearts, bladders, bones, breasts and hormones. But while we’re blessed with the ability and resources to take care of ourselves as women in the United States, millions of people around the globe aren’t so fortunate.

There is nothing more unnerving than seeing children who are starving and dying in war-torn Yemen, where growing poverty is causing the world’s worst humanitarian emergency. Approximately 85,000 children under 5 years old have died in Yemen from severe hunger since the start of civil war in 2015, according to the charity Save the Children.  On the ground in 120 countries, the organization works “to reach every last child through international programs that focus on health, education, protection and disaster relief.”

Save the Children has treated close to 100,000 children suffering from malnutrition, has given close to 300,000 children vital nourishment,  and is operating mobile health clinics in difficult-to-reach areas, thanks to donations from around the world. But over 11 million children in Yemen need help, which makes contributions more vital than ever.

With this horrific situation in mind, FabOverFifty will donate to Save the Children one-third of the revenue from the on-demand streaming of One-Day Medical School.  That means we’ll give Save the Children $5 each time we receive $14.99 from a woman who wants to benefit from the health lessons of five exceptional doctors. And we’ll donate the $5 in your behalf!

Please join us to help the children of Yemen. They may be thousands of miles away, but we must hold them close to our hearts.

And help the children of Yemen

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Professor: Dr. Erin Wysong Hofstatter, Co-Director, Yale Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program, speaks about breast health, including risk assessment, genetic testing, and screening regimens.

Professor: Dr. Jeffrey R. Bender, Director, Yale Cardiovascular Research Center, talks about heart health, including preventive and screening strategies, and effects of menopause and estrogen therapy on heart
Professor: Dr. Oz Harmanli, Chief, Yale Urogynecology & Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, addresses bladder issues, including incontinence and pelvic floor health.
Professor: Dr. Elizabeth H. Holt, Co-Director, Yale Endocrine Neoplasia Disease Team, discusses bone and thyroid health and weight and metabolic issues.

Professors: Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, Yale Clinical Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, with Dr. Rose Tamura and Dr. Julia Edelman, North American Menopause Society Certified Menopause Practitioners, provide diverse views of menopause and treatment strategies.

And help the children of Yemen

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