Mixed chemicals in beauty products could harm women’s hormones

Mixtures of chemicals found in beauty products, often aimed at female consumers, could harm their reproductive hormones. Researchers at George Mason University, Virginia, examined the impact of exposure across the menstrual cycle in the new study

Mixed chemicals in beauty products could harm women’s hormonesThe paper titled ‘Exposure to bisphenol A, chlorophenols, benzophenones, and parabens in relation to reproductive hormones in healthy women: A chemical mixture approach’ was recently published in the journal Environment International. The research team recruited 143 healthy women, aged 18 to 44 years, who had no known chronic health conditions and did not use birth […]

Premature menopause and its management           

Premature menopause is a condition in which a woman stops menstruating before the age of 40. Sometimes this can occur as early as 30 years of age, leading to various problems, related to health and reproduction in the affected women

Premature menopause and its management           The ovaries have two functions, first is to produce eggs for fertility and the second to produce reproductive hormones. The ovaries make three types of steroid hormones – testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone. The ovaries are most active during the age between 20 and 30. Global statistics suggest approximately 1-4 per cent of women stop ovulating […]

Why are women more prone to heart disease than men?

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among women. On average, women develop cardiovascular disease, about 10 years later than men. Although, rates of heart disease among younger women (aged 35 to 54) are actually increasing, a trend thought to be attributable to obesity

Why are women more prone to heart disease than men?One in 3 women die of cardiovascular disease, compared to 1 in 31 women who die of breast cancer. While the actual numbers of deaths from heart disease have declined among both men and women, more women die of cardiovascular disease each year than men. It is thought that this difference is partially due to […]

10 reasons why belly fat is the most stubborn fat on our body

Your body does have some built in protections and an inclination to preserve energy levels at all times.  If you lose a lot of weight quickly, your body will respond by slowing down your resting energy use and make less energy available for you to use for extra activities

10 reasons why belly fat is the most stubborn fat on our bodyWhy is belly fat the most difficult, and last, fat to go? Belly fat is not necessarily the most difficult and last fat to burn on the body – it depends on the person. Generally speaking, it’s not usually more difficult to get rid of, it just seems that way because it takes so long. […]

Understanding endometriosis and its impact on women’s health

The most severe painful periods in women occur due to a condition called endometriosis. Though it is a benign condition, it can behave like a cancer. It spreads its tentacles from the ovaries to the pelvis and can go further to invade the bowel, the bladder, the uterus, scars in the abdomen wall and sometimes travels even beyond the pelvis and the abdomen into the chest

Understanding endometriosis and its impact on women’s healthWhat is endometriosis? It is simply the invasion of the endometrium (inner lining of the uterus) into spaces where endometrium is normally not found. It responds to the hormones in the body in a similar way as the endometrium responds. Every month, the endometrium within the uterus grows thicker in response to the rising hormones […]

Women at a higher risk of heart disease post menopause

After menopause, there is a risk of increase in cardiac disease as the protection offered by estrogen declines. At the age of 50 years more than 50 per cent of the deaths occur in women, due to problems related to cardiac health

Women at a higher risk of heart disease post menopauseCardiovascular health has had its fair share of exposure. People have heard of it, even if they haven’t undergone a procedure personally. However, when it comes to women symptoms become more evident after the onset of menopause. While heart disease is considered as a man’s disease, globally it claims more lives among women than men. […]

Breast cancer: Bacterial deficiency linked with onset

Previous studies have also examined the link between gut microbiota and the development of breast cancer. These studies have suggested that the microbes in the gut may regulate estrogen levels, leading to estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer

Breast cancer: Bacterial deficiency linked with onsetThe human microbiome, or the total number of bacteria living in the human body, is known to play a key role in the development of many diseases. In particular, the bacteria living in our gut have been linked to numerous conditions, ranging from type 2 diabetes to Parkinson’s disease, and even multiple sclerosis. Previous studies […]

Pune-ex mayor dies of heart attack, docs warn about its risks in women

Nearly two-thirds of the deaths from heart attacks in women occur among those who have no history of chest pain. A stressful and sedentary lifestyle has led to early menopause which ups the risk of heart attack. Smoking, diabetes and abnormal blood lipids also erase estrogen levels, which are women’s natural protection

Pune-ex mayor dies of heart attack, docs warn about its risks in womenPune’s ex-Mayor, Chanchala Kodre died of a heart attack on Monday. She was just 42-year-old. She was hospitalised on Sunday night when she complained of chest pain. She was elected for the first time in Pune Municipal Corporation’s 2012 elections. When she got elected for the second time, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) had given her the position of […]

Feeling depressed during the transition to menopause?

It's no secret that the risk of depression increases for women when their hormones are fluctuating. Especially vulnerable times include the menopause transition and onset of postmenopause

Feeling depressed during the transition to menopause?New study links duration of estrogen exposure with increased vulnerability to depression: Longer exposure to estrogen shown to provide protection. It’s no secret that the risk of depression increases for women when their hormones are fluctuating. Especially vulnerable times include the menopause transition and onset of postmenopause. There’s also postpartum depression that can erupt shortly […]

Going through menopause? You might be at the risk of having Alzheimer’s

Cognitive decline is known to be associated with menopause, and researchers suggest that the estrogen deficiency that characterises menopause may also be responsible for the neurodegeneration that occurs in Alzheimer's

Going through menopause? You might be at the risk of having Alzheimer’sThe study was carried out by researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine – the biomedical research unit and medical school of Cornell University – in New York City, NY, in collaboration with scientists at the University of Arizona Health Sciences in Tucson. Dr Lisa Mosconi, from Weill Cornell Medicine, is the lead author of the study, […]