Author Archives: Dr. Anita Petruzzelli

Good News for Menopausal Women! A recent study from Yale University School of Medicine showed an increase in mortality for women who avoided estrogen replacement therapy. This study looked specifically at women ages 50-59 that had a hysterectomy and avoided the use of estrogen. Almost 50,000 women in this study died prematurely

The FDA has approved a new drug to treat hot flashes in menopausal women called Brisdelle. It is a form of Paxil, an antidepressant. Antidepressants are not a new treatment for menopausal symptoms.  Medications such as Effexor, Paxil, and Prozac can decrease hot flashes and night sweats. They are not as effective

The FDA recently issued a new recommendation for doses of Ambien (a common sleep medication) due to excessive drowsiness the morning after taking the medication. Women break down the medication much slower than men and have reported drowsiness eight hours after taking the pill. This has led to increased car accidents. There

The real secret to weight loss is not what most people want to hear. Avoiding highly processed foods and participating in high-intensity aerobic activity for a minimum of 30 minutes, five days a week can help most individuals lose and maintain a healthy weight. For those who want a more tailored approach

A recent study presented at the North American Menopause Society Annual Meeting in October demonstrates that estrogen and progesterone use started close to menopause can improve menopausal symptoms, mood, and heart disease. This is in stark contrast to the Women’s Health Initiative that showed estrogen use increased heart disease, stroke, breast cancer,

Don’t throw out your multivitamins yet! The use of a daily multivitamin came under attack after the results of a research study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine last year. This study showed an increase risk of death of those who took a daily multivitamin. The increased cancer death may have

Study reveals skipping breakfast won’t only make you eat more throughout the day, but it will result in high fat cravings that can derail your healthy eating plan and make you gain weight. Breakfast has a reputation for being the most important meal of the day because it has been shown to

The Lancet Oncology published a study last week that shows oral estrogen may decrease the risk of invasive breast cancer in women with a hysterectomy compared to those who received a placebo. This is another study that comes from the Women’s Health Initiative. If you are not familiar with the Women’s Health

A Fox News article yesterday revealed the benefits of Rhodiola rosea as a cure for depression. Read more of the article here. Rhodiola is a known adaptogenic herb. An adaptogenic herb, is a substance that works to regulate your cortisol levels. It helps your cortisol level remain normal whether it is too

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, are you wondering how to increase your sex drive? Or are you someone who has lost your drive, ambition, and motivation?  Are you wondering how to get your mojo back? Symptoms of low testosterone include fatigue, deceased sex drive, depression, low energy, problems with erections, and

Paula Deen, popular chef, announced that she had diabetes last week on the Today show. It seems that all her fat and sugar laden recipes have finally caught up with her. Diabetes is more common than you may think. Almost 9% of the United States population has diabetes and another 86 million

Testosterone is an important hormone for women. Not only is important for sex drive and orgasm, testosterone can help with well-being, mood, motivation, and energy. It helps to build muscle, decrease body fat, and maintain bone density. There are studies that show testosterone can help decrease coronary artery disease and even improve

A recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that statin use increased the risk of diabetes in postmenopausal women. Many medications have side effects. What can you do to lower your cholesterol naturally and avoid taking a statin? Following a diet that is low in fat and low calorie

Do you have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning? Do you feel exhausted even after eight hours of sleep? Do you feel “burned out” or “stressed?” Do you push yourself with caffeine and sugar? Do you lack energy to parent or work your normal job? Do you have

Do you have an under-active thyroid? Hot flashes, night sweats, menstrual irregularities, fatigue, depression, constipation, brittle nails, thinning hair, joint pain, constipation, and weight gain may all be signs of an under-active thyroid. Because these symptoms can also mimic menopause and other conditions, it is important to check thyroid labs such as

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