Vitamin D and Breast Cancer Risk

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Boosting levels of vitamin D and calcium in post-menopausal women did not help them reduce their breast cancer risk.  This is the first real test on whether vitamin D actually causes poor health as opposed to just being a marker for poor health, and it failed.  So far, we have a few good studies to show that people with low vitamin D levels are more prone to illnesses such as cancer and heart disease, but there is no evidence yet that giving people vitamin D supplements will reduce their disease risk.  In a study of more than 36,000 post-menopausal women, those taking vitamin D and calcium supplements for seven years did not have any lower risk for breast cancer than those taking a placebo.  However, the door isn’t closed on vitamin D and breast cancer just yet.  It is possible women need to take the supplements when they’re younger to get benefits, or perhaps they’ll even need higher doses. 

 

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Possible Causes of Irregular Periods

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Many women complain about irregular periods and there are all sorts reasons for this. One of the classic reasons is something that a lot of people aren’t aware of…if you’re not eating a proper diet, or you’re exercising too much, or you’re too thin, it can actually affect the hormonal balance in the body. As a result, you can get periods which are not following the normal cycle, and when they don’t, that’s when you run into these difficulties. It’s very important that if you’re someone who deals with irregular periods and has to deal with the frustration, you understand that you get worked up and have the hormonal issues looked at.

 

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A Look at Migraine Headaches

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Migraine headaches are very interesting. They’re difficult to treat because in many cases it’s tough to tell if someone has a migraine. The thing about migraine headache that’s important to realize is there’s often some sort of aura, some sort of sense that something’s not right. Perhaps there’s a strange smell. The smell of coffee when there is none, or a zigzagging of lights, that sort of thing. Migraine headaches can be treated with medication, especially if they’re treated what we call prophylactically, before the headache occurs because you sense it’s coming on. It’s a very good way to approach it.

 

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Evaluating Calf Tenderness

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Calf tenderness is a problem which definitely has to be looked into.  It’s a key issue because if it’s ignored, it can lead to problems associated with a rupture or a pull of a muscle in the calf.  That’s important because that’s not as easy to treat as the simple calf tenderness.  People who have those sorts of pulls or problems actually can have difficulty walking and have more severe damage as time goes on.  The most important is stretching.  

 

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Holiday Advertisements and Depression

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One thing doctors hate about this time of year, for their patients’ sake, is the fact that there are so many advertisements showing people celebrating and being happy. If you’re not in that situation, and how many of us are, that you’re constantly celebrating, you tend to feel down. You suffer from feelings of depression. Here’s a major belief; you need to realize that a lot of the advertisements that are done at this time of year are done to sell product. They don’t necessarily mean that this is reality. You have to be very careful and not get carried away.

 

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Women Need to Take Heart Disease Seriously

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You know, it’s about time that women start to be treated seriously for heart disease. Heart disease is a major health problem in both men and women. What many women aren’t aware of is that heart disease is the leading killer in women, however, many physicians don’t take it as seriously as they should. They look at the problem in women and they more or less tend to think there might be some psychological issue or complaining. We cannot afford to make that mistake, and doctors and women need to take heart disease more seriously.

 

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Study Looks at Health of Clergy Members

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While medical studies at various denominations indicate that clergy members live longer than their comparable civilians, an emerging body of evidence over the last two decades has shown that ministers are more vulnerable to diabetes, depression, hypertension, gastrointestinal distress, and heart problems.  Thus far, the program has conducted focus groups with nearly 90 Methodist ministers and assessed ministers on their physical and mental health.  They surveyed 1,800 pastors on topics like isolation, stress, happiness, friendship, exercise, weight, diet, and connection to God.  Two dozen Methodist leaders from North Carolina went through two days of medical tests and health education at a denominational hospital in Memphis.  It’s really interesting that this study is being done, and now they’re looking at whether or not having a minister or another member of the cloth can actually increase someone’s life if they’re dealing with them.  They’re interesting studies and worth looking into. 

 

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