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Top Tips for Women Age 40 & Beyond

From the Show: Wellness for Life
Summary: Of great concern if you're entering menopause is your heart, bone, sexual and cognitive health.
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.
Top Tips for Women Age 40 & Beyond
When a woman enters perimenopause and menopause, she'll suffer symptoms like weight gain, hot flashes, and fatigue. 

These can be debilitating, but they are only short-term.

A greater concern if you're entering this stage of your life is your heart, bone, sexual and cognitive health.

It's important to implement strategies to combat those concerns in your 40s and 50s so you can have great health into your 60s, 70s, and beyond.

According to Dr. Tara Allmen, three of the most important things you can do are to quit smoking, get moving, and eat better. And, many of these strategies combine to stave off potential consequences.

For example, when you enter menopause, you're very vulnerable for extreme bone loss. You can combat this by strength training and getting enough calcium and vitamin D (it's better to eat those sources, rather than taking them in pill form).

Another great concern for women of this age is bladder infections and other vaginal issues. Dr. Allmen says they actually go hand-in-hand on this journey. As your vagina gets dry and becomes more prone to infection, your bladder is also more prone. Bladder infections can lead to kidney infections, which can be very dangerous.

The easiest way to maintain vaginal health is to keep sexually active, whether with a partner or via masturbation. This keeps the blood flowing. 

You can also use local vaginal estrogen, which is actually the most effective way to improve vaginal health and wellness. 

It's important to maintain good bladder habits... urinate when you feel you need to, as well as before and after sex. 

If you have not been sexually active for a while, you need to get your vagina "in shape" before you even start to resume sexual activity. Again, this might involve a daily vaginal moisturizer or use of local vaginal estrogen.

Finally, Dr. Allmen says it's essential to find an expert in women's mid-life health, as he or she has much more knowledge than a typical OB/GYN as to what you're going through.

Listen in as Dr. Allmen joins Dr. Susanne to share more about what steps you can take now to ensure your vaginal and overall health is in tip-top shape for years to come.