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Here you'll find quick takes about hot flashes, menopause, and other aspects of health that impact your life. We'll be adding new factoids regularly, so check back often.​

Will FDA Approve a New Menopause Drug?

Pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc will seek FDA approval this year for its new drug, Aprela, to treat menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, and to treat and prevent osteoporosis. The drug, however, is hormone based and might have an uphill climb to market.

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Loss of Estrogen

Do declining levels of estrogen carry risks? As your estrogen decreases, you're more at risk for bone loss and osteoporosis and should supplement your diet with adequate calcium (1200 mg for women 51 and older) in conjunction with Vitamin D (600 IU, or 15 mcg).

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Hot Flashes and Cholesterol: A Link to Risk?

When over 3000 women in their 40's and early 50's who were peri- and postmenopausal were studied for 7 years, investigators found that women who experienced the most hot flashes, and to a lesser degree night sweats, had higher cholesterol levels than women who had fewer such events.

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Watch Your Weight

As women approach the age of menopause, the chances of weight gain increase. Factors include decreasing muscle mass and more body fat (which slows metabolism), genetics, less exercise, eating the same amount of food as when you were younger, and stressful events (such as family deaths, divorce). If you let yourself feel old, you'll look and act old. It's up to you to take control! ♀

Cranberry Juice for Prevention of UTI's

The National Institutes of Health says that cranberry juice is "possibly effective" in the prevention of urinary tract infections but not in the treatment of them. So if you're prone to UTI's, or have started experiencing them with the onset of menopause, do add cranberry juice to your daily diet. You can also try cranberry-containing capsules. ♀

Will Flaxseed Be the Next Hot Flash Treatment?

Various research efforts have been concentrating on the effects of flaxseed on hot flashes. It has a high phytoestrogen content, and although studies to date have not shown a direct benefit of phytoestrogens on hot flashes, a small pilot trial with flaxseed showed a 50% decrease in the frequency of hot flashes.

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