How Diabetes Affects Women

Diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases in which a person has high blood sugar due to problems processing or producing insulin. Between 1971 and 2000, the death rate for men with diabetes fell, according to a study in Annals of Internal Medicine. This decrease reflects advances in diabetes treatment. But the study also indicates … Read more

Steps you can Take to Prevent Premature Skin Aging

As you age, it’s natural to experience thinner, drier skin and an increase in wrinkles. However, sometimes your environment and lifestyle choices can cause your skin to age prematurely. Although there is no way to prevent your skin from aging, it’s possible to prevent premature skin aging by following a few of these simple steps … Read more

Activities to Move More at Midlife

As you reach middle age, it is essential to stay active to prevent the acceleration of aging in your body. According to health and anti-aging expert, Mo Hagan, physical activity helps to maintain a healthy metabolism at the cellular level. It helps slow down the aging process and ward off diseases attached to obesity such … Read more

Home Remedies to Relieve Menstrual Cramps

Period pain can be so painful that doctors have actually given it a medical name. It’s called dysmenorrhea, and it’s a very common condition. More than half of women who menstruate report some pain from period cramps each month, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Cramps without a doubt can hinder … Read more

Everything you Need to Know About Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an international health campaign lasting the month of October that is intended to increase global awareness of breast cancer. Throughout the month, science forums, educational programs, and informational pamphlets and posters are used as means to disseminate information to the public. A number of special events are held as well, … Read more

How to Lower Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death among women, according to the American Cancer Society. While there is no sure way to prevent breast cancer, there are things you can do that might lower your risk. In light of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here are some lifestyle changes you can make to lower … Read more

Breast Cancer Screenings Have Dipped During the Pandemic

Many parts of the United States saw a significant drop in breast cancer screening of older low-income women during the COVID-19 pandemic, new research shows. The analysis of data from 32 community health centers that serve low-income people found that breast cancer screening for 50 to 74-year-old women dropped 8% between July 2019 and July … Read more

Study Finds That Women Have a Tougher Time Quitting Smoking Than Men

When it comes to smoking, women tend to puff less cigarettes than men but have more trouble quitting, French researchers report. The study included nearly 38,000 smokers (about 43% women) aged 18 and older in France who visited smoking cessation services between 2001 and 2018. On average, women smoked 23 cigarettes a day; men, 27. … Read more

Research Shows That THC Stays in Breast Milk for Six Weeks

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In a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics, researchers at Children’s Hospital Colorado have found that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component of marijuana, stays in breast milk for up to six weeks, further supporting the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine to … Read more

Best Practices for Sunburn Relief

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Spending time outside is a great way to be physically active, reduce stress, and get vitamin D. However, even those who religiously slather on the SPF can get burned from time to time. Perhaps you missed a spot or ended up spending more time in the sun than you intended. Whatever the case may be, … Read more

Could It Be a Yeast Infection?

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A vaginal yeast infection is a fungal infection that causes irritation, discharge and intense itchiness of the vagina and the vulva. Also called vaginal candidiasis, vaginal yeast infection affects up to 70% of women at some point in their lifetime. Over-the-counter medications can effectively treat most vaginal yeast infections. Symptoms Yeast infection symptoms can range … Read more

Why Is Healthcare So Expensive?

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Americans spend more on healthcare than any other developed nation. Healthy citizens make for a more productive and happier country, and of course, investing in healthcare makes sense. The trouble is, despite spending $3.6 trillion on healthcare in 2018—a figure expected to climb in the next ten years—Americans are not any healthier. In fact, they are more likely to forgo the care they need due to rising medical costs. Read on to find out why medical costs are rising and what you can do to get quality care.

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What Is a Pap Test?

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            Other than our reproductive organs, men and women are pretty much the same. In general, what affects one usually affects the other. However, one of those differences is the risk of cervical cancer in women. Cervical cancer was once the leading cause of death in women until HPV vaccines (read more about HPV here) and pap tests increased the female population’s survival. A Papanicolaou (pap) test, or pap smear, is a preventative screening measure to identify cells in your cervix that are abnormal or will one day become cancerous. If you’re new to pap tests, or it’s just been a while since you’ve completed one, read on for a rundown on what to expect from Oohvie

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Top 5 Summer Health Concerns

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           Summertime is full of fantastic weather, fun outdoor activities, and easy-going vibes that reduce stress and make us feel better, but it also comes with additional health hazards you should avoid. Read on to find out what you can do to protect yourself while soaking up the summer season.

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How to Have a Heart-Healthy Diet

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women. That’s why it’s vital to manage risk and take preventative measures to ensure your heart health now before the worse should happen. Fortunately, most cases of heart disease are due to lifestyle choices. That means managing this portion of your risk level is completely within your control. Changing your diet now will help control your weight, reduce your cholesterol, and lead a heart-healthy life. Check-in with your HealthLynked provider to cultivate a meal plan that’s right for you. In the meantime, here are the basics.

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Overlooked Symptoms of Heart Attack in Women

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           Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. Unfortunately, our knowledge of what to look for regarding heart attacks in women is dangerously uninformed for as large as the health concerns are. The cliché of a woman clutching her chest and doubling over in the movie is merely a Hollywood shorthand. The symptoms of heart attack differ between men and women. While women experience chest pains, they are far more likely to experience other symptoms not classically associated with heart attacks.

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How to Talk to Your Daughter About Her First Period

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           How and when to initiate “The Talk” is a question that vexes most parents. When is too soon, when it’s too late, what information should you give her, what questions will she ask, how can you prepare for those? There’s a lot to consider. One thing is certain: Your daughter’s first period is a huge moment in her lifetime, marking her transition from childhood to womanhood. It’s normal for her to feel bewilderment, wonder, fear, and curiosity about her body.

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What Is Hormone Replacement Therapy?

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If you’re going through menopause, then you know that the symptoms can be uncomfortable and, in some cases, even life-altering. Between the mood swings, night sweats, and hot flashes, you might wonder if there is anything out there that can offer you some relief. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), also called estrogen replacement and menopausal hormone therapy, is considered one of the most effective treatments to relieve uncomfortable symptoms. The treatment replaces the estrogen that your body stops making when you enter menopause. Once you choose to begin the therapy, you must decide how you would like the hormones administered.

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Breastfeeding 101: Basics for Mom

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Women have been breastfeeding their babies since the beginning of time. There’s nothing more natural or maternal than nourishing your baby from your body. The experience is one of magic and comfort that improves health and vitality for the child, as well as the sense of connection for the mother. As natural as the action of nursing is, it doesn’t mean that it comes naturally for every woman, especially in the early days. If you choose to breastfeed your child, you can look forward to cultivating new levels of patience.

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Caring for Caregivers

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           Caring for someone who can’t care for themselves is a rewarding and worthwhile experience. After all, you’re literally facilitating the health and wellbeing of someone you love. But as a society, we underestimate the toll caregiving takes on the caregiver and lack sufficient resources to offer the estimated 40 million unpaid caregivers in America, 61% of whom are women, the support they need.

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What Can Meditation Do for You?

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Meditation is a time-honored, ancient practice. Historical records indicate meditation as a common practice in India as early as 1500 BCE, but most historians believe humans started far earlier, likely 3000 BCE. The only difference between now and then is that medical science can measure the effect meditation has on the body, hence the sudden rise in interest in the general population. Clinical trials involving meditation and mindfulness have exploded from only eleven in 2006 to 216 in 2015, with more coming every year. Still, we’ve only scratched the surface on how the benefits of meditation go. 

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Could You Have a Hormonal Imbalance?

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We need our hormones. Hormones are the body’s messengers, telling it how to regulate mood, energy, metabolism, sleep, reproduction, and everything else that our body needs to survive and function optimally. Hormonal shifts occur in everyone daily; when you eat, sleep, get stressed, or even laugh, our bodies adjust the hormones accordingly. For women, hormonal fluctuations occur regularly as part of their menstrual cycle, but this also leaves women open to more cases of hormonal imbalance.

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What You Should Know About Menopause

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Menopause is when a woman’s body begins to naturally decrease its production of reproductive hormones, signaling the end of a woman’s fertile phase of life. She’s considered officially in menopause when she has not had her period for one year. The average age of menopause onset is fifty-one in the United States, while the global age is around forty-six.

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