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Date:11/10/2010

s, including checks of blood glucose, cholesterol, vitamin D and calcium levels, as well as mammograms and pelvic exams. The results of a colonoscopy at age 50 will determine the frequency of future colonoscopies.
  • Don't neglect your teeth -- brush twice a day and floss daily to help prevent gum disease, which can affect your cardiovascular health.
  • Eat a diet rich in leafy greens and healthy fats such as salmon, avocado and olive oil in order to keep hair and skin healthy. Limit consumption of processed foods.
  • Premenopausal women should consume 1,000 to 1,200 milligrams of calcium daily (experts recommend taking the calcium in two to three smaller doses), and postmenopausal women should take 1,500 mg of calcium in 500 mg doses with magnesium and vitamin D for maximum absorption.
  • Hormone therapy should not be used by women at risk for breast cancer, blood clots or heart disease.
  • More information

    WomensHealth.gov has more about menopause.

    -- Robert Preidt

    SOURCE: Loyola University Health System, news release, Nov. 3, 2010


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