This week: getting through menopause, eating for good health and more

Mar 6, 2014

For a woman in her late 40s to early 60s, just hearing a healthcare provider assure that "you're not alone, and you're not going crazy," can be a source of comfort.

Heather Shannon, director of the midwifery program at Upstate University Hospital.
Credit Upstate University Hospital

Heather Shannon, director of the midwifery program at Upstate Medical University, says that the end of childbearing years for many women comes with a multitude of symptoms: hot flashes and night sweats, depression or anxiety and mood swings. Also during this time, women may develop problems with their thyroid and/or adrenal glands. It can leave women frustrated.

Some seek relief from soy products, wild yam or other supplements. Some turn to standard hormone replacement medication. Some explore bioidentical hormones, or plant-based estrogen and progestin replacements.

This week, Shannon explains how bioidentical hormones are prescribed (starting with a blood test) and the types of women who should avoid this remedy.

Also on this week's show, Dr. Kaushal Nanavati talks about eating for good health and Dr. Neal Seidberg tells how to protect personal health data. Rabbi Charles Sherman of Temple Adath Yeshurun shares the story behind his new book, "The Broken and the Whole."

Hear HealthLink on Air this Sunday evening at 9 p.m. on WRVO. More information is available on the HealthLink on Air website.