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Women's Health: A Priority for the New Year

From the Show: Wellness for Life
Summary: As you think about your resolutions for the new year, don't forget to consider the very specific elements of your own health... especially if you're a woman.
Air Date: 1/8/16
Duration: 10
Host: Susanne Bennett, DC
Guest Bio: Tara Allmen, MD
Tara-AllmenTara Allmen, MD, is one of America's leading experts in midlife women’s health. She is a Board Certified Gynecologist and Nationally Certified Menopause Practitioner (NCMP).

Dr. Allmen has educated thousands of medical professionals around the country in perimenopausal and menopausal medicine. She has also been featured on television, both in the United States and internationally. Inspired to reach millions of women over the age of 40 with accurate scientific information, Dr. Allmen created an extensive video library, available on this website, as well as the DVD, Menopause in an Hour. Her book on perimenopause, menopause and midlife women’s health is due to be published by Harper Collins in 2016.

A graduate of New York's prestigious Stuyvesant High School, Dr. Allmen earned her bachelor's degree from Johns Hopkins University and her medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, San Francisco.

In 1999, Dr. Allmen joined the Center for Menopause, Hormonal Disorders and Women's Health, New York City, focusing her practice on perimenopause and menopause.

As President and CEO of the Allmen Foundation, Dr. Allmen supports non-profit organizations working in the areas of women's health, childhood education and animal welfare. The North American Menopause Society, the leading non-profit organization dedicated to midlife women's health, refers to Dr. Allmen as a "Visionary" contributor.

Dr. Allmen lives in New York City with her handsome husband, two adorable children, and a small dog named Sadie.
Women's Health: A Priority for the New Year
As you think about your resolutions for the new year, don't forget to consider the very specific elements of your own health... especially if you're a woman in her 40s or 50s.

This is a very crucial time, as your health and lifestyle choices now will impact the rest of your life.

Dr. Tara Allmen, an expert in perimenopause, menopause and midlife women's health, joins Dr. Susanne to share some of the best strategies for this stage of your life.

One of the most important strategies involves lifestyle changes.

First up, exercise. You should be exercising a minimum of 30 minutes a day, at least five days a week for heart health. For weight loss or weight maintenance, you should be aiming for 60 minutes every day. 

Second, nutrition. Make sure you're getting plenty of vegetables, as well as important vitamins and minerals like vitamin D and calcium.

And third, absolutely quit smoking. 

Another issue for many women of this age is vaginal dryness.

Dr. Allmen advises using a vaginal moisturizer, which you can get over-the-counter at your local pharmacy. This will improve the moisture and pH of your vagina. You can also use a lubricant when you're going to have sex. 

Dr. Allmen actually gives her patients a weekly homework assignment: masturbation at least once a week, which keeps the blood flowing and the vagina healthy.

All of these strategies are easy, healthy and safe (and most of them at no cost to you).

Listen in as Dr. Allmen shares more strategies and tips for keeping your health in check.