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Twelve Essential Tests for Menopausal Women: Part 1

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So many things are changing during perimenopause and perimenopause that it can be difficult to know what is normal and what is not. Every day can be a new experience “ not necessarily a bad one. That is why it is so important to keep a close eye on your health. With so many years likely to be ahead of you, it’s much better to stay well than to get well.

Here are six of the 12 Tests you should check regularly:

1. Blood-glucose or Hemoglobin A1C test to screen for diabetes, pre-diabetes or hypogly-cemia. Over 25 million Americans have it and of these, 7 million don’t realize that they do. The latest studies suggest that there are 79 million US citizens that are pre-diabetic. That means that their blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not yet high enough to have diabetes. Hemoglobin A1C does not have to be drawn after fasting. It gives an estimate of your blood glucose over the past few months and is an excellent screening test.

2. Blood-pressure test to screen for high blood pressure.

3. Breast exam each month by you and each year by your doctor. Mammograms every year after age 40, or sooner if a strong family history of breast cancer.

4. Vitamin D blood test “ Low vitamin D levels are extremely common and may increase the risk for breast cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis (thinning of the bones). Anecdotally, I have had patients with Low vitamin D levels who have decreased hot flashes when their vitamin D levels are corrected.

5. Cholesterol profile to screen for a major risk factor for heart disease. High levels of cholesterol (above 200 mg/dL or 5.18 mmol/L), LDL or bad cholesterol (above 130) significantly increase the risk of heart disease.

6. Dental Care “ It is important to have regular dental cleanings and exams, usually every 6 months.  This will help prevent gum disease and will identify problems with your teeth and gums early. Flossing daily is also recommended and may lower the risk of heart disease.

These six tests are some of the things that you and your doctor should check regularly. Check back soon for Part II of the Twelve Essential Tests for Menopausal Women.

Until next time,

Dr. Mache Seibel, Founder of My Menopause Magazine http://bit.ly/MyMenoMag

Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Founder My Menopause Magazine

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“It’s better to stay well than to get well!”  Mache Seibel, MD.

Dr. Machelle (Mache) Seibel is America’s health expert, addressing the critical needs of consumers from stress and weight control to menopause and beyond. He served on the Harvard Medical School faculty for almost 20 years and is a pioneer in many areas of women’s health and more. He works with companies and organizations to bring exciting educational content to consumers. His professional experiences include:

– Host for PBS and NBC TV episodes, frequent media expert;

– Repeatedly voted into Best Doctors in America;

– Past Editor-in-Chief of the medical journal Sexuality, Reproduction & Menopause;

– Distinguished Alumnus Award, the University of Texas Medical Branch’s highest honor 2008;

– Multiple national awards for research, writing, music writing and patient education;

– Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School 2004-present;

– Director, Complicated Menopause Program, University of Massachusetts Medical School 2004-2011;

– Founder of HealthRock®, reshaping health education with health songs and entertainment;

– Past Medical Director, Inverness Medical Innovations (now Alere);

– Corporate Consultant and Corporate Health Expert Nationally and Internationally;

– Author/editor 14 books, over 200 scientific articles;

– American Cancer Society New England Division Medical Advisory Network;

– Advisory board of Dr. Mehmet Oz’s HealthCorps initiative to fight childhood obesity; and

– Nationally known guest speaker, key note speaker.

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