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menopause diet

Assessing effectiveness of SAM-e for mood after menopause

ANSWER: S-adenosyl methionine is a naturally occurring substance commonly used as a supplement in the U.S. for arthritis and depression. The evidence on SAM-e is mixed, but there are small studies that show SAM-e to be effective for depression, about as effective as some prescription drugs, but with fewer side effects.

However, larger studies were not as hopeful, and my opinion is that while it is a lot better than nothing, SAM-e is not as effective as the better-studied prescription drugs for depression. This may not be applicable to mood swings.

Since it does seem to be working for you, I can reassure you on one point: There is no reliable evidence that SAM-e increases risk of cancers or thyroid disease. The major side effects, which are rare, are upset stomach and dizziness. SAM-e may interact with other medications, so if you do start taking any, please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist.

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband is 72 and suffers from heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes. Almost daily, he chokes, with extreme coughing and loss of breath, when eating or drinking. This is getting worse as time goes on. Is there a relationship between this constant choking and heart disease? Heart surgery is not possible because of his kidney disease. Is there anything we can do to keep him from choking?

Suggestions for a healthy diet for menopause including vitamins?

Suggestions for a diet plan for menopause would be so helpful also. Would like to hear from women that have made theirselves feel better with natural progesterone. (What Type) of natural herbs and foods for menopause that you have used?


I used natural progesterone in the beginning of my pre-menopause. It eliminated my migraines, stabilized my moods and helped me sleep better. It is known for helping with hot flashes, but I didn't have hot flashes until later, and it hasn't helped me


I used natural progesterone in the beginning of my pre-menopause. It eliminated my migraines, stabilized my moods and helped me sleep better. It is known for helping with hot flashes, but I didn't have hot flashes until later, and it hasn't helped me

I am nearing menopause, how should I adjust my diet to minimize the effects of it?

Also, what changes in my lifestyle will help in reducing the effects of menopause so that I can live a healthy life into my 50s, 60s, and after retirement?


If there was a way to minimize menopause effects through diet I guess most women would have preferred that on any HRT or other ways.

I would say you need to adjust your diet no matter how old you are. The sugars, starches and fast food


If there was a way to minimize menopause effects through diet I guess most women would have preferred that on any HRT or other ways.

I would say you need to adjust your diet no matter how old you are. The sugars, starches and fast food