Health Notes

Why the Weight?

by Dr. Abby Lankhorst on March 19, 2015

Weight and metabolism are a dynamic process and fluctuate during our lives. But there are certain points in our lives when weight seems to fluctuate more. Adolescence, college years and menopause are all times when many women experience that undesired spread, and there are a few key reasons why:

  • Poor food choices
  • Decreased activity
  • Stress

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5 Food Secrets to Surviving Menopause

by Claudia Bohn on March 6, 2015

You know the old saying, “You are what you eat.”

Certainly with all the news, research and expert advice about food and our bodies this statement can actually be fairly true.

It’s no secret there are foods that are very good for your body and those that are not. As a standard rule, it’s always better to make sure you treat your body to more of the good foods – but allowing yourself a few of the bad foods from time to time is certainly acceptable.

Food, as we all know, plays an integral role in a person’s health. Whether you are dealing with diabetes, cardiac disease, cancer or even menopause, food can make all the difference in how you feel.

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How Clean is Your Vagina?

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It’s a great question with a complex answer. Many women don’t even think about it until it becomes an issue… but how exactly should you clean your vagina? A certain celebrity recently posted on her website that steaming is the best way to clean the uterus. This is simply a bad idea. Steaming definitely won’t […]

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Heart Attacks: Are Women So Different?

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Although many women may see cancer as their most serious health threat, there is another silent killer that women should put on their watch list. Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in American women over age 45. A majority of women between the ages of 40 and 60 have at least one risk […]

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How Pregnancy Feels

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A lot of people feel very different in pregnancy – physically, emotionally and mentally. The most obvious of those changes is physical as both you and baby develop and grow. One of the most fun physical changes is when you start to feel baby move. Fetal movement is usually present very early in pregnancy and […]

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Menopausal? How to Fight the Dryness Down Below

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“I’ve had women tell me their vagina feels like the Sahara Desert.” Dr. Kristen Hoffman, an OB/GYN at the Methodist Physicians Clinic Menopause clinic, doesn’t mince words when it comes to one of the more uncomfortable side effects of menopause. “As we grow older, our skin loses its elasticity,” said Dr. Hoffman. “The vagina does […]

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Five Gynecology Myths: Busted!

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One of the great advantages of the internet is the wealth of knowledge at your fingertips, 24 hours a day. However this advantage turns into a disadvantage when the information is incorrect. I have run across a few such misconceptions common in gynecologic practice and I’m setting out to bust those myths! Myth #1: “IUDs […]

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What Every Woman Should Know About Ovarian Cysts

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It’s a very common diagnosis with a scary-sounding name: ovarian cysts. Every woman who ovulates has them, and most cause no symptoms or problems. “Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that occur quite frequently,” said Emily Lange, MD, an OB/GYN with Methodist Physicians Clinic Council Bluffs. “Each cyst represents a follicle of a potentially maturing egg […]

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Five Things You Should Tell Your Gynecologist

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When coming to the office for an annual exam, many patients assume the doctor will take over and drive the conversation. But don’t let that prevent you from bringing up concerns or addressing recent changes in your health. There are many things you should also consider telling your doctor even if you aren’t all that […]

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When it Comes to Diabetes, Women Have It Worse

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It’s a sad fact, but true. Diabetes is especially hard on women in a variety of ways. It’s a diagnosis that puts their overall health – and potentially their life – at risk. “The risk for heart attacks is greater for women with diabetes,” said Martha Nepper, a dietitian at the Methodist Center for Diabetes […]

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