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Menopause, A Natural Time of LifeIBy Dr. Donna Beckert may be natural, but so is death! We take hormones because we want to live-not dwindle-until we die. Thehuman life span has increased from about 40-45 years in Roman times, to perhaps 80 years now. Thus, we may live 30-50 years in a hormonally deprived state which can lead to bone loss, brain shrinkage, and vastly decreased sexual energy. Without hormones, we suffer loss of collagen from skin which leads to wrinkling and sagging.Women often tell me, “I just want to get through it.” However, the brain never “gets through it” (menopause). For as long as a woman is alive, the pituitary gland in the brain secretes follicle stimulating hormone in a desperate attempt to jolt the ovaries so they will start producing estrogen again. It is true, the hot flashes and night sweats do decrease with time, perhaps in 3-to-5 years! But this is a terrible price to pay—exhaustion which may lead to sadness and even clinical depression I have seen women who are in their late 50s or 60s who report YEARS of insomnia with temperature dysregulation (cold one minute, hot the next), “I can’t take it anymore” they say.Menopause occurs when the ovaries cease making hormones and menstrual cycles stop. Bone loss might be as much as 20% in the first 5 years of menopause. Crumbling of the bones actually begins the year before and several years after menopause. The three pillars of bone health: hormone replacement, adequate vitamin D, and weight bearing exercise.In one study, 35% of the men with low testosterone had low bone densitySalon GraphixStyles For All AgesHolidayPartyReady.MerryChristmas& HappyNew Year!Redken By Choice Rodan & Fieldspowered by CEMDA Cleaning Services LLCCleaning Services:Residential - Apartments - Office - Yard• Locally Owned & Operated • Professional FriendlyTrained Staff• Committed To Quality Service • Insured & Bonded• Trusted & Affordable20% OFF your first cleaning30% OFF your first 9 referrals50% OFF on the 10th referral210.373.4455Medical Arts SA Primary Care8015 Bandera Rd. Ste 104, 78250 210.680.7432Dr. Robert Jakubowski, MD is an Internal Medicine Specialist. He diagnoses and treats wide range of conditions. He has been in practice for more than 30 years.We accept Medicare & most commercial insurances.Call us today for an appointment!Walk-ins welcomed210.255.8112 • Fax: 210.944.472010865 Shaenfield Rd., Suite 1101 San Antonio, TX 78254(osteopenia). Dr. Morgentaler from Harvard Medical School and Men’s Health Boston, said “This new study reaffirms the importance of testosterone for bone health in men”. It may be natural to fall and break your hip if your testosterone has declined, but we can prevent it!Finally, do take hormones based on the blood levels of a young adult, preferably matching the blood levels a young woman averages 7-10 days after a period. Not everyone needs hormones and risks and side effects need to be discussed.Dr Donna BeckerSpecializes in anti-aging & health maintenance medicine.(210) 545-5224 www.antiagingsa.comWEho Was St. Nicholas?very Christmas Eve, children go to bed eagerly anticipating a visit from Santa Claus. This merry gentlemanis purported to visit the home of every good girl and boy, delivering gifts and cheer along the way.Before the modern evolution of Santa Claus lived a very real and generous individual named Nicholas. In the third century, Nicholas served as the Bishop of Myrna in present-day Turkey. He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, believing that giving should be done secretly and sacrificially in Jesus Christ’s name rather than one’s own.Stories tell of Nicholas paying the dowry for poor daughters to enable them to get married. He reportedly put coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him. It is believed Nicholas helped to restore the hope of hundreds of people in his community, making him a beloved and revered Bishop. Throughout his ministry, Nicholas fervently shared his life and fortune with others.Nicholas continued to be revered and commemorated by many Christians evenafter his death. His charity and unselfish works helped inspire generations of theSt. Nick - continued on page 21December/January 18 17

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