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Posts made in March 2019

Five Lifestyle Changes to Help Improve Hot Flashes

brunette middle-aged womanHot flashes are one of the most common symptoms of menopause. The uncomfortable sensation affects more than two-thirds of North American women for an average of seven years. While we don’t know exactly what causes hot flashes, they may be related to changes in circulation or estrogen levels. Here are some lifestyle changes we recommend that may help to cool hot flashes.

Wear lightweight clothing
Dressing in layers (i.e., tank tops and cardigans) will allow you to shed heavier clothing when a hot flash strikes. Wearing moisture-wicking clothing to bed can also help you stay comfortable overnight.

Drink ice water
Drinking cold water regularly can help regulate your body temperature. It is imperative to avoid dehydration, especially if you are experiencing hot flashes.

Avoid common triggers
Common triggers for hot flashes include the consumption of alcohol, caffeine, and spicy food. Consider only enjoying these in moderation or removing them from your diet entirely.

Maintain a healthy weight
Women who are overweight or obese tend to have hot flashes that are greater in frequency and severity.

Stop smoking
A recent study found that heavy smokers were four times more likely to have hot flashes.

Determining how to address your menopausal symptoms can be challenging and personal. Whether you are in need of menopause treatment, birth control options or a routine health screening, contact us about women’s health services in Dallas, TX.

Four Benefits of Participating in a Clinical Trial

female doctor consulting with patientWhen patients are presented with the option of participating in a clinical trial, a common question we hear is “Why should I take part in a treatment that researchers are not sure will work?” While this is a good question, those who take part in a clinical trial can expect numerous benefits.

Early access to new treatments
The treatment you can gain access to as part of a clinical trial may be more effective or have fewer side effects than those currently available to the public.

Treatment may be low-cost (or even free)
In exchange for your participation, some clinical trials may pay for part or all of your treatment, travel, and other expenses made during the study. It is imperative to discuss all details regarding cost with your physician before you agree to be part of a clinical trial in Dallas, TX.

Regular attention from top medical professionals
When you take part in a clinical trial, you will have the opportunity to receive attention from some of the nation’s top doctors and scientists. With their close monitoring, you can have peace of mind that any side effects that you may experience will be identified and addressed immediately.

The chance to help others by contributing to medical research
Many of today’s cancer treatments are available because large numbers of patients agreed to participate in clinical trials to test them. Even if you don’t directly benefit from the results of the trial you take part in, the resulting research can help others and contributes to scientific knowledge.