Healthy diet may cut risk of breast cancer recurrence

Diet loaded with fruits, vegetables and fiber may cut risk of breast cancer recurrence in women without hot flashes. – A secondary analysis of a large, multicenter clinical trial has shown that a diet loaded with fruits, vegetables and fiber and somewhat lower in fat compared to standard federal dietary recommendations cuts the risk of recurrence in a subgroup of early-stage breast cancer survivors ? women who didn’t have hot flashes ? by approximately 31 percent.

Difficulty sleeping increases during menopause

Difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep increases as women go through menopause, revealed by researchers. – Sleep difficulties, especially problems staying asleep, are relatively prevalent concerns among women going through the menopausal transition, revealed by researchers at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

Oral HRT doubles risk of blood clots

Women with prothrombotic mutations or a high body mass index should avoid oral oestrogens, but transdermal preparations seem to be safer. – Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) given in skin patches may cause fewer blood clots than HRT given orally, revealed by researchers in British Medical Journal, UK. Women who take the oral form of HRT more than double their risk of developing a blood clot.

Keeping in good shape in old age is harder for women

Women aged 65-plus find it harder than men of the same age to preserve muscle ? which probably impacts on their ability to stay as strong and fit. – Women aged 65-plus find it harder than men of the same age to preserve muscle – which probably impacts on their ability to stay as strong and fit. For the first time, scientists have shown that it is more difficult for women to replace muscle that is lost naturally as they get older – because of key differences in the way their bodies react to food.

Combined hormone therapy makes breast cancer detection difficult

LA BioMed study finds hormone therapy increases frequency of abnormal mammograms, breast biopsies; may reduce effectiveness of both methods for detecting cancer. – Combined hormone therapy appears to increase the risk that women will have abnormal mammograms and breast biopsies, and it may decrease the effectiveness of both methods for detecting breast cancer, according to a report in the Feb. 25 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Exercise reduces menopausal anxiety, stress and depression

Brisk walking routine can reduce a variety of psychological symptoms such as anxiety, stress and depression in menopause women. – With more menopausal women seeking natural therapies to ease symptoms, a new study has found that simply adding a brisk walking routine can reduce a variety of psychological symptoms such as anxiety, stress and depression.