The director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology at NYU Medical Center tells the Daily News that a “miracle med” that can postpone the onset of menopause is a long way off, despite a British researcher’s theory on prolonging fertility indefinitely (giving us plenty of time to mull over the impact on women, both medically and socially, if such a drug were to become available).

Scroll down in the Daily News story for mention of a new class of drugs that may be released early next year to address symptoms of menopause. We’ll be keeping an eye on this.

A new study finds an association between a Western “sweet meat” diet and an increased risk for breast cancer in postmenopausal Asian women. The “meat-sweet” diet included “primarily pork but also poultry, organ meats, beef and lamb and with saltwater fish, shrimp and other shellfish as well as candy, dessert, bread and milk.” Last year, researchers found a connection between red meat and certain types of breast cancer.

“Middle-aged and older women who get most of their calcium from their diet have higher bone density than those who rely predominantly on calcium supplements, according to a study by Washington University’s School of Medicine in St. Louis,” reports the Washington Post. Researchers acknowledge, however, that the study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, was short-term and offers just a glimpse of women’s habits. But the results make sense; as noted in the story, only 35 percent of calcium in supplements is absorbed by the body.

Interest in strength training is building among women of all ages, reports the Indianapolis Star. “Trainers now are pushing so-called “functional” strength training, developing and toning muscles for day-to-day activities — going up
steps, carrying groceries and kids, golfing. It also helps maintain balance to prevent falls, lower body fat or prevent increases, curtail bone loss, boost metabolism and even lower blood pressure.” Check the sidebar for good information on the reasons to do strength training and the myths surrounding it.

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