Menopause Minute

Menopause Minute – July 2014

By: Red Hot Mamas

Published: July 16, 2014

Dear Red Hot Mamas,

It’s Here!! We are happy to announce the arrival of our new, updated website!
Yes, we have had a makeover – but it’s more than just our looks. Our website now has a fresh new look; updated women’s health information; and we now have an improved and more user friendly navigation.
Red Hot Mamas hope that you enjoy browsing on our new site!  http://www.redhotmamas.org

Taking a Bite Out of Menopause….

Menopause means the end of menstruation due to less hormone production. The reduction in hormones causes changes in the body including the mouth, and changes to our gums. Some women, during their menopausal and postmenopausal years, have unresolved dental concerns or problems. For instance, they are more likely to experience dry mouth, painful, swollen or bleeding gum. And, even a higher percentage of tooth loss.

However, you can safeguard your smile, and Red Hot Mamas will help you do so.

We’d like to introduce you to our newest member of our Professional Advisory Board, Dr. Frank Barbieri, who has a wealth of knowledge to share. He has a personal interest in each of his patients (which I am one of), in creating healthy and beautiful smiles. Oftentimes, he changes a smile from being self-conscious, to self-confident!
Dr. Barbieri will provide to us information about preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry and he will respond to your inquiries on Ask The Experts

Please remember that oral health is an important element to our general health. And, as women we have different oral health needs than men due to changes in our hormone levels. Maintaining good oral health may have a positive effect on cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other health concerns. So, I hope you will agree, Dr. Barbieri is a tremendous asset to Red Hot Mamas!!   Please look over his exquisite background.Dr. Barbieri

Red Hot Mamas New Partnership…..

We also have some more exciting news to share. The Endocrine’s Society’s Hormone Health Network and Red Hot Mamas have partnered to bring additional educational resources to women and their clinicians. An article appeared in the June 2014 edition of the Endocrine Society’s monthly magazine “The Endocrine News”. The Endocrine Society and its Hormone Health Network are trusted sources of knowledge providing essential information on endocrine health worldwide. They are the largest organization in the United States of Endocrinologists and related healthcare professionals. Red Hot Mamas is excited to partner with this prominent organization. Here’s the link for the article. Interactive Tool Takes Mystery Out of Menopause.  Go to the Menopause Map

Stay Hydrated….

Don’t forget during this hot month of July to stay hydrated. I try to keep a few bottles of water stashed in my car. Yes, it’s tempting to pass a drive through and not desire a cold soda, and if you simply cannot resist, ask for a cup of ice instead. There are many other water-filled foods that will increase your intake of water during the summer including, cantaloupe, watermelon, grapes, just to name a few that are packed with antioxidants. So, savor the summer season with these fresh picks. Women should drink 8 cups of water per day and always be sure to prevent dehydration when you exercise this summer.

Find a Vibrance Program Near You…

If you find you are putting moisturizer in places that you never thought you would have to before, you may want to find out more about the Vibrance Programs that Red Hot Mamas are hosting around the USA in the upcoming months. The topic of these programs will be vaginal dryness. It’s one of the insidious physical changes that accompanies menopause, and if left to its own devices, will only get worse. There’s no reason you should suffer vaginal dryness, prevention is key. Communication with your clinician is important and there are safe and effective treatments that you should know about. Check here to locate one in your area  RHM Vibrance Events

In closing, I wish you all a happy 4th of July. Hope it’s filled with barbeques, lots of watermelon, fireworks, laughter and lots of great memories.

Good Health to You All,

Karen Giblin

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