Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Women

Suffering from any gastrointestinal disorder can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. It’s normal to have a little bit of gas and bloating, but feeling discomfort, pain or changes in your bathroom habits regularly is not.  If you experience these things, you may be suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). IBS is a digestive disorder that impacts… Read more »

Fight Memory Loss with Folate

A recent study suggests that low folate (vitamin B-9) intake might increase the risk for memory loss or dementia later in life. Folate and folic acid are forms of a water-soluble B vitamin.  Folate occurs naturally in leafy green vegetables, while folic acid is the synthetic form of the vitamin.  Low levels of folate have… Read more »

Breast Cancer – Foods to Eat and Foods to Avoid

To be clear, there is no single food or diet that can prevent or cause breast cancer, but dietary choices can make a difference in the risk of developing breast cancer and overall well-being while living with breast cancer. Breast cancer can begin in different areas, grow in different ways, and require different kinds of… Read more »

Vitamin D and Breast Cancer

Research suggests that women with low levels of vitamin D have a higher risk of developing breast cancer. Vitamin D may play a role in controlling normal breast cell growth and may be able to stop breast cancer cells from growing. You likely know that vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, which is essential… Read more »

Ten Breast Cancer Risk Factors

October is usually a month of pumpkin orange, and autumn leaves turning fiery shades of red and yellow.  But it’s also that time of year when we are reminded to think pink.  October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Most women know that they should perform monthly breast self-exams, feeling for any abnormalities.  But did you… Read more »

Breast Cancer Breakthroughs

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime in the United States. There is currently no cure for breast cancer, but scientists have made some significant breakthroughs in treatment as well as new ways to think about causes and risk factors. 93 Breast Cancer Genes Identified Researchers recently found 93… Read more »

Breast Cancer Myths Debunked

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a good time to talk about the many myths surrounding breast cancer. You may have heard that wearing a bra can increase your risk of developing the disease, but there is no scientific support to this rumor.  But if you think you’re off the hook because you have no family history… Read more »

Women – Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease

Contrary to popular belief, Heart Disease is just as common in women as in men. In fact, nearly 460,000 women die of cardiovascular disease every year, according to the most recent data from the American Heart Association.  Women often have less extreme symptoms than men, so they may be more likely to ignore warning signs… Read more »

Celebrate National Women’s Health Week

National Women’s Health Week is coordinated by the U.S Department of Health and Human Services.  They utilize the week to empower women in making their health a priority. They also encourage women to take the necessary steps to improve their physical and mental health and lower their risk of certain diseases.  Those steps include: Eating… Read more »

National Wear Red Day

On the first Friday in February, every year men and women wear red to raise awareness and dispel the myths of heart disease, the number one killer of women. In 2003, the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute took action against a disease that was claiming the lives of nearly… Read more »