The most common reason for menopause is the natural decline in a female's reproductive hormones. However, menopause can also result from the following situations:
Oophorectomy: This surgery, which removes a woman's ovaries, causes immediate menopause. Symptoms and signs of menopause in this situation can be severe, as the hormonal changes happen abruptly.
Chemotherapy: Cancer treatments like chemotherapy can induce menopause quickly, causing symptoms to appear shortly after or even during treatment.
Ovarian Insufficiency: Also called premature ovarian failure, this condition is essentially premature menopause. It happens when a woman's ovaries quit functioning before the age of 40 and can stem from genetic factors and disease. Only 1% of women suffer from premature menopause, but HRT can help protect the heart, brain, and bones.
If you're a woman going through menopause and find that you have become increasingly depressed, you're not alone. It's estimated that 15% of women experience depression to some degree while going through menopause. What many women don't know is that depression can start during perimenopause, or the years leading up to menopause.
Depression can be hard to diagnose, especially during perimenopause and menopause. However, if you notice the following signs, it might be time to speak with a physician:
Remember, if you're experiencing depression, you're not weak or broken - you're going through a very regular emotional experience. The good news is that with proper treatment from your doctor, depression isn't a death sentence. And with HRT and anti-aging treatment for women, depression could be the catalyst you need to enjoy a new lease on life.
Hot flashes - they're one of the most well-known symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes are intense, sudden feelings of heat across a woman's upper body. Some last second, while others last minutes, making them incredibly inconvenient and uncomfortable for most women.
Symptoms of hot flashes include:
Typically, hot flashes are caused by a lack of estrogen. Low estrogen levels negatively affect a woman's hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls body temperature and appetite. Low estrogen levels cause the hypothalamus to incorrectly assume the body is too hot, dilating blood vessels to increase blood flow. Luckily, most women don't have to settle for the uncomfortable feelings that hot flashes cause. HRT treatments for women often stabilize hormones, lessening the effects of hot flashes and menopause in general.
Mood swings are common occurrences for most people - quick shifts from happy to angry and back again, triggered by a specific event. And while many people experience mood swings, they are particularly common for women going through menopause. That's because, during menopause, the female's hormones are often imbalanced. Hormone imbalances and mood swings go hand-in-hand, resulting in frequent mood changes and even symptoms like insomnia.
The rate of production of estrogen, a hormone that fluctuates during menopause, largely determines the rate of production the hormone serotonin, which regulates mood, causing mood swings.
Luckily, HRT and anti-aging treatments in Raritan, NJ for women work wonders for mood swings by regulating hormone levels like estrogen. With normal hormone levels, women around the world are now learning that they don't have to settle for mood swings during menopause.
Staying fit and healthy is hard for anyone living in modern America. However, for women with hormone imbalances during perimenopause or menopause, weight gain is even more serious. Luckily, HRT treatments for women coupled with a physician-led diet can help keep weight in check. But which hormones need to be regulated?
Lowered sexual desire - three words most men and women hate to hear. Unfortunately, for many women in perimenopausal and menopausal states, it's just a reality of life. Thankfully, today, HRT and anti-aging treatments Raritan, NJ can help women maintain a normal, healthy sex drive. But what causes low libido in women, especially as they get older?
The hormones responsible for low libido in women are progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone.
Progesterone production decreases during perimenopause, causing low sex drive in women. Lower progesterone production can also cause chronic fatigue, weight gain, and other symptoms. On the other hand, lower estrogen levels during menopause lead to vaginal dryness and even vaginal atrophy or loss of muscle tension.
Lastly, testosterone plays a role in lowered libido. And while testosterone is often grouped as a male hormone, it contributes to important health and regulatory functionality in women. A woman's testosterone serves to heighten sexual responses and enhances orgasms. When the ovaries are unable to produce sufficient levels of testosterone, it often results in a lowered sex drive.
Often uncomfortable and even painful, vaginal dryness is a serious problem for sexually active women. However, like hair loss in males, vaginal dryness is very common - almost 50% of women suffer from it during menopause.
Getting older is just a part of life, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for the side effects. HRT and anti-aging treatments for women correct vaginal dryness by re-balancing estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. When supplemented with diet and healthy living, your vagina's secretions are normalized, causing discomfort to recede.
Uterine fibroids - they're perhaps the least-known symptom of menopause and hormone imbalances in women. That's because these growths on the uterus are often symptom-free. Unfortunately, these growths can be cancerous, presenting a danger for women as they age.
Many women will have fibroids at some point. Because they're symptomless, they're usually found during routine doctor exams. Some women only get one or two, while others may have large clusters of fibroids. Because fibroids are usually caused by hormone imbalances, hysterectomies have been used as a solution, forcing women into early menopause.
Advances in HRT and anti-aging medicine for women give females a safer, non-surgical option without having to experience menopause early. At Global Life Rejuvenation, our expert physicians will implement a customized HRT program to stabilize your hormones and reduce the risk of cancerous fibroid growth.
Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS, and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.
Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.
Xenoestrogen is a hormone that is very similar to estrogen. Too much xenoestrogen is thought to stimulate endometrial tissue growth. HRT for women helps balance these hormones and, when used with a custom nutrition program, can provide relief for women across the U.S.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies. Ipamorelin can boost a patient's overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life.
When there is an increased concentration of growth hormone by the pituitary gland, there are positive benefits to the body. Some benefits include:
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RARITAN BOROUGH – Another apartment building may be coming to town.A conceptual plan to construct a 60-unit apartment building at the intersection of First Avenue and Burns Street, two blocks south of the Raritan Crossing apartments and LabCorp's Northeast Main Lab, was presented to the Borough Council earlier this month.Michael Collins, attorney for longtime borough resident Joseph Natale who wants to build the project, said his client "wants to work" with borough officials on the plans for the p...
RARITAN BOROUGH – Another apartment building may be coming to town.
A conceptual plan to construct a 60-unit apartment building at the intersection of First Avenue and Burns Street, two blocks south of the Raritan Crossing apartments and LabCorp's Northeast Main Lab, was presented to the Borough Council earlier this month.
Michael Collins, attorney for longtime borough resident Joseph Natale who wants to build the project, said his client "wants to work" with borough officials on the plans for the project.
"His family wants to see good things for the community," Collins said, adding that "we value feedback."
The area on the west side of First Avenue has been recommended by the Borough Council as an area in need of redevelopment.
Architect Robert Larsen said the redevelopment area contains eight lots with multi-family houses that are a century old.
One of the primary advantages of the apartment building, Larsen said, was the removal of driveways with access to First Avenue. That will eliminate vehicles backing onto First Avenue, he said.
Instead, access to the apartment building will be from Burns Street, he said.
The parking will both be underground and on the surface, Larsen said.
The conceptual plans call for 60 apartments, but that number could change as the plans are developed, he said.
Another advantage of the location, Larsen said, is that it is within a half mile of the train station on NJ Transit's Raritan Valley Line.
The architect also that the building will be 40 to 60 feet from neighboring residential properties.
Once the redevelopment designation becomes official after Planning Board review, the borough will select a redeveloper and site plans will be presented to the Planning Board.
Thought it may be a complicated process, Jeffrey Lehrer, the borough's redevelopment attorney, said the public will be involved in all steps.
If the Borough Council decides to enter into a financial agreement with the developer, that's a separate action, Lehrer said.
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RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan Borough Council heard a redevelopment proposal for First Avenue and Burns Street, an area comprising five lots along First Avenue, starting at the corner of Burns Street.As part of the redevelopment process, the Raritan Borough Council adopted a resolution in 2022 authorizing the planning board to conduct a preliminary investigation to determine whether the First Avenue/Burns Street area is in need of redevelopment. The public hearing before the planning board to determine if it's in need of redevelopment has...
RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan Borough Council heard a redevelopment proposal for First Avenue and Burns Street, an area comprising five lots along First Avenue, starting at the corner of Burns Street.
As part of the redevelopment process, the Raritan Borough Council adopted a resolution in 2022 authorizing the planning board to conduct a preliminary investigation to determine whether the First Avenue/Burns Street area is in need of redevelopment. The public hearing before the planning board to determine if it's in need of redevelopment has yet to occur.
Borough attorney Bill Robertson said the redevelopment proposal before the council was purely informational. The borough requested that the prospective developer present a concept plan to inform the council of potential development.
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The developer has gone before the Technical Review Committee (TRC) for feedback on their concept plan. The TRC is an advisory body set up by a municipality to help process development applications.
The proposed plan for First Avenue/Burns Street consolidates the five lots into a single 60-unit building. The developer’s architect and planner, Robert Larsen, said they intend to provide a single structure that maintains the neighborhood's residential character with a 40– to 60–foot setback from the surrounding residential properties. The development will also have amenities, an active roof and green space to aid in stormwater management.
As part of the redevelopment process, the planning board determines whether a site is an area needing redevelopment through a public hearing and if it meets one or more of the criteria, such as the site being obsolete, non-functional or blighted.
If the planning board decides that it’s in need of redevelopment, they send a resolution to the council. The council can then formally designate the site as an area in need of redevelopment by resolution and direct its planner and engineer to put together a redevelopment plan.
If the council adopts the redevelopment plan by ordinance, a developer can proceed to the planning board with the project for site plan approval.
"From a planning standpoint, it's in an appropriate location, replacing definitely aged housing stock, improving the road circulation and we think an improvement on everything," said Larsen, noting that the lots consist of multifamily homes for rent that are around 100 years old.
Each lot also has a driveway, meaning there are five driveways on First Avenue, a busy county road.
Jay Troutman, the developer's traffic engineer, said they plan to remove the driveways and provide on-site surface and underground parking with access on Burns Street. Troutman said this should improve safety since those driveway maneuvers will be eliminated from the county road and moved to Burns Street.
Mayor Zachary Bray asked which direction drivers can go after exiting the parking lot, which can be toward First Avenue or Gaston Avenue, a residential street.
"I would assume the majority of the traffic is going to be using First and Burns. That's the most convenient," said Troutman. "And that's the location that you want to make sure you have the adequate gapping to get the turns in and out of, and that's really where we tested pretty severely."
Troutman said the intersection of Burns Street and First Avenue should have plenty of capacity to accommodate vehicles coming in and out of the parking lot, with the intersection able to queue two to three cars.
"But the trip density of this whole development is such that you'll never get that type of queuing," Troutman said. "We ran that through the queuing, the queue is one at any given time."
The location is also ideal since it's a half mile from the train station, a distance Troutman called the magic number.
"That's been proven through studies to reduce parking demand, and to reduce cars, to reduce trip generation," he said.
In terms of vehicle ownership for units like the one proposed, Troutman said studies show they generate about 1.2 to 1.3 cars per unit, and the towns he works with are setting their standard at 1.5 cars per unit. The developer is proposing a 1.5 ratio through on-site and underground parking.
Although councilman Adam Armahizer wanted to confirm if the 60-unit development would actually improve roadway circulation as the developer proposed, borough engineer Stanley Schrek said he would need to do an analysis when there’s a full site plan. Currently, it’s just a concept plan.
However, Schrek said parking ratios are usually calculated based on residential site improvement standards, and the applicant is proposing a discounted parking ratio based on the proximity to the train station. The borough is working on confirming if a 1.5 ratio is appropriate.
Schrek said they were successful with Block 81 or the Raritan Crossing redevelopment, but they've needed to ask for some improvements "that haven't been quite completed yet," he said.
"We haven't confirmed an assessable route between the project and the railroad,” he added. “We have to look closely at that to understand how the people are actually going to be traversing to get to the railroad, what the best route is and maybe make some more track improvements to that. But we'd be looking closely at whether that discounted parking ratio is warranted."
The developer's attorney, Michael Collins, said his client wants to work with the municipality to ensure the project is a positive change for the community.
"So, we really will value your feedback," he said. "And we'll certainly be in touch with everyone and happy to answer any further questions you may have. And we would like to continue the redevelopment process together as you've initiated."
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RARITAN BOROUGH – All that was needed on Aug. 31 at the Raritan Borough Municipal building was a flux capacitor to transport the participants at a public information session on proposed changes to the First Avenue/Route 202 intersection back to the future of 2011 when a similar meeting on similar changes was held in the same place.Or they all could go back to 2008 when a detailed report on the Route 202 corridor from Bridgewater to Flemington included an extensive discussion of the problems at that intersection.What is ne...
RARITAN BOROUGH – All that was needed on Aug. 31 at the Raritan Borough Municipal building was a flux capacitor to transport the participants at a public information session on proposed changes to the First Avenue/Route 202 intersection back to the future of 2011 when a similar meeting on similar changes was held in the same place.
Or they all could go back to 2008 when a detailed report on the Route 202 corridor from Bridgewater to Flemington included an extensive discussion of the problems at that intersection.
What is new in 2023 is an estimated price tag.
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According to the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority’s 2022–2025 Transportation Improvement Program, the First Avenue project will cost an estimated $3.27 million for right of way acquisition, and $7.43 million for construction by 2025. The project is in its final design phase.
With nearly 50 residents in attendance, the Aug. 31 meeting was a session in shouted questions and ancient frustrations about the difficulty of maneuvering through the intersection at rush hour when vehicles exiting the highway queue up for hundreds of feet and, at First Avenue, cut and swerve to enter travel lanes while the seemingly short-timed traffic light changes. Complaints also swirled about the speed and volume of the traffic, loss of a sense of safety as the road encroaches on front lawns and the lack of pedestrian lights and sidewalks.
Plans for the new intersection presented Aug. 31 were fundamentally similar to the plan designed in 2008, with the southbound jughandle from Route 202 to First Avenue being altered to begin farther north on Route 202 and being widened to then enter First Avenue several hundred feet west of the current entry point. The current jughandle would be abandoned; Leland Street, the proposed path of the new jughandle, would be vacated; and Danbury Avenue would become a dead end.
Donald Locke, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation, said the new alignment would increase the capacity of the jughandle, which would allow more vehicles to shift from Route 202 to a breakdown lane, reducing congestion on that road.
A travel lane would be added to Route 202 for several hundred yards in both directions to allow more traffic to pass through the intersection.
Locke said sidewalks would be added to First Avenue, and a pedestrian controlled signal would be added at the First Avenue/Route 202 intersection.
The new design would also accommodate bicycle lanes, he said, in line with current transportation thinking to expand the safe use of bicycles and other non motor vehicle modes of transportation.
The intersections on First Avenue on both sides of Route 202 would be altered to match the changed timing of the traffic signals, designed, the reports said, to speed turns and increase the volume of vehicles crossing the highway during a light change. Cameras would be added to the intersection to monitor traffic volumes.
The project would affect 17 residential intersections and require right-of-way acquisitions or easements from 23 other properties, the state said.
As the meeting ended, Locke directed residents with specific questions to a team of planners armed with maps and notepads.
One thing the new intersection would not fix, Locke warned, was the development that created the traffic volume.
This project, he said, would change the intersection with an “F,” or failing grade, to a “C”, a passable grade.
The 2008 traffic study of Route 202 called this project a “medium term” project.
That study, done by Louis Berger Group, aimed to provide a blueprint to addressing the volume of traffic and safety along Route 202.
The report noted that 16 of the 18 intersections in the study area achieved an “F” grade at various times of the day, and some, like First Avenue, were always failing.
The Berger report said, “As indicated by the intersection and operational analyses, the Route 202 corridor experiences extensive delays for both mainline Route 202 traffic and cross streets. Future traffic growth will only exacerbate these conditions. From an operational standpoint, the primary choke points along the corridor are at Church Street/Voorhees Corner Road, Old York Road (CR 637) and First Avenue. The lack of signal coordination along the corridor is also a major contributor to congestion and driver frustration.”
Further, the reported said, “General deficiencies through the corridor include lack of traffic signal coordination through the corridor; lack of adequate mass transit and bike-ped amenities; poor access control; insufficient storage lengths for turning lanes; high numbers of cut-through traffic on local streets; lack of development coordination between neighboring towns; antiquated vehicle detection; and traffic signal systems.”
Raritan residents, in less official terms, expressed the same concerns in 2023 and 2011.
The report detailed steps that could be taken at all the 18 intersections to increase traffic-light coordination and, in general, produce better traffic flow. What the report could only suggest would be impact of future growth.
Some measure of that growth is that Raritan Borough’s population increased by 1,500 residents between 2007 and 2023, while Bridgewater added about 1,000 residents.
Towns up and down Route 202 also increased population and added developments that placed job centers along the highway, the 2008 report said.
The impact of that growth is evident in 2008 traffic counts and 2030 projected traffic counts at First Avenue and Route 202.
In 2008, traffic southbound on Route 202 measured 1,849 vehicles an hour and 1,793 vehicles an hour northbound.
By 2030, the report estimated, those numbers would be, northbound, 3,060 vehicles an hour and, southbound, 2,590 vehicles an hour.
The 2008 report was not especially kind to the state of Route 202, noting, “On any transportation mobility evaluation matrix, the Route 202 corridor would score very low because of the large amount of single occupant vehicles using the corridor and the limited modal choices that are available along the corridor. Land use and transportation planning decisions must be coordinated to ensure new development or redevelopment promote improved mobility by ensuring that new land uses in the corridor provide and promote the use of a variety of transportation options and choices.”
Information on the current project may be viewed through Sept. 6 at https://gpi1966.wixsite.com/NJDOTRoute202-1stint.
RARITAN, NJ - Somerset County is looking into Raritan Borough's proposal to reduce the speed limit in town to 25 mph.Although nothing is official, councilman Pablo Orozco said the county is researching whether or not that's something the borough can do.The proposal came after planning board member William Cunningham asked the council to improve road and pedestrian safety by lowering the speed limit to 25 mph as Somerville did as part of their "Drive 25 Campaign.” Cunningham also asked that the borough add more crossw...
RARITAN, NJ - Somerset County is looking into Raritan Borough's proposal to reduce the speed limit in town to 25 mph.
Although nothing is official, councilman Pablo Orozco said the county is researching whether or not that's something the borough can do.
The proposal came after planning board member William Cunningham asked the council to improve road and pedestrian safety by lowering the speed limit to 25 mph as Somerville did as part of their "Drive 25 Campaign.” Cunningham also asked that the borough add more crosswalks and better parking signage to improve safety.
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Somerset County commissioners agreed to reduce the speed limit on all streets in Somerville to 25 mph. Cunningham said Orlando Drive and Old York Road need a reduction since many drivers speed down those roads, and there’s no crosswalk at a trailhead where Orlando Drive and Busky Lane intersect.
“I was asking if we could have a pedestrian crosswalk there because people do go to that county trail, and they park behind the old Stop & Shop building and walk across, and cars just fly through there,” he said, adding that as the weather gets nicer, more bicyclists are riding along Busky Lane to access the trail as well. “And the same for bicyclists, people are flying through there.”
Orozco said he uses that trail and has seen the same thing, speeding cars and no crosswalk.
Although reducing the speed limit requires county approval, Mayor Zachary Bray said putting in a crosswalk should be as quick and straightforward as contacting the Department of Public Works (DPW).
As far as striping curbs and putting signs around town where no parking is allowed – especially in areas where more residential housing is going up – the borough will also bring it to DPW’s attention.
Not only will the increase in residential housing bring more people and traffic, but many roads are narrow, and illegal parking means cars are parked along the street up to the corner, making turns difficult and dangerous. Some roads Cunningham recommended for improvements are Busky Lane, Granetz Plaza, Glaser Avenue and Wyckoff Avenue.