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 The Meadows, FL 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 The Meadows, FL 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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Massive seagrass die-offs are currently occurring all over the world due to a variety of stressors. These include high temperatures, hypersalinity, hypoxia, and exposure to sediment-derived hydrogen sulfide, a phytotoxin which accumulates as seagrass meadows become richer in nutrients.Although hydrogen sulfide intrusion into seagrass tissue is considered a leading cause of recurrent mortality events, its effe...
Massive seagrass die-offs are currently occurring all over the world due to a variety of stressors. These include high temperatures, hypersalinity, hypoxia, and exposure to sediment-derived hydrogen sulfide, a phytotoxin which accumulates as seagrass meadows become richer in nutrients.
Although hydrogen sulfide intrusion into seagrass tissue is considered a leading cause of recurrent mortality events, its effects on subsequent recruitment and distribution of new populations, along with the ability of seagrass meadows to “bounce back” and recolonize in open bare patches, have not yet been properly investigated.
Now, a team of scientists led by Florida Atlantic University (FAU) has examined whether porewater hydrogen sulfide prevents Thalassia testudinum – a tropical Atlantic-Caribbean marine seagrass commonly known as turtlegrass – from recruiting into unvegetated sediment in Florida Bay, one of the largest contiguous seagrass systems in the world.
“Seagrass meadows sustain coastal ecosystems by protecting against erosion, maintaining water quality, and providing habitat and food for many marine species and organisms,” said senior author Marguerite Koch, a professor of Biological Sciences at FAU. “Because of their importance in coastal communities, the current decline of seagrass ecosystems on a global scale across geographic regions is a concern.”
Since the 1980s, seagrass meadows in Florida Bay – an estuary covering 1,100 square miles between Florida Keys and the southern tip of Florida – have experienced recurrent biomass losses and die-offs, usually occurring during high temperature and salinity conditions.
These particular seagrass meadows are exposed to high levels of porewater hydrogen sulfide and are surrounded by vast unvegetated areas that are usually recolonized by turtle grass recruits after major die-offs, which makes them an excellent case study to investigate seagrass resilience and its relation to hydrogen sulfide exposure.
The experts analyzed the leaf, stems, and roots of turtlegrass to determine tissue exposure to hydrogen sulfide in new recruits and, by using state-of-the-art microsensors and stable isotopic analyses, they measured internal hydrogen sulfide and oxygen dynamics.
The investigation revealed that, after die-off events, turtlegrass can successfully recruit into open bare sediment due to biomass partitioning during early development (a process by which they efficiently divide their energy among roots, leaves, stems, and reproductive parts), young root structure, and a capacity to efficiently oxidize internally that helps them lower hydrogen sulfide exposure.
Although these findings suggest that turtlegrass can be highly resilient and able to recover after mortality events, their recovery takes quite a long period of time. The research is published in the journal Aquatic Botany.
“Long-term monitoring programs in Florida Bay indicate that the time frame for full recovery of turtlegrass meadows after major die-off events is at least a decade. Therefore, preventing large-scale seagrass mortality events should be the management goal, particularly as global warming and associated stressors are likely to get more extreme in the future,” Koch concluded.
Seagrass meadows are underwater plant communities comprised of flowering plants known as seagrasses. They are found in shallow coastal waters and estuaries, and are essential for maintaining healthy marine ecosystems. Seagrass meadows provide various environmental benefits, including:
Seagrasses are highly efficient at capturing and storing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This process, known as “blue carbon” sequestration, helps mitigate climate change by reducing the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
Seagrasses act as natural water filters, trapping sediment and absorbing excess nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus. This helps maintain water clarity and prevents harmful algal blooms, which can lead to dead zones in the ocean.
Seagrass meadows serve as essential habitats for a wide variety of marine species, including fish, crustaceans, and marine mammals. These habitats support high levels of biodiversity and act as nurseries for juvenile fish, which in turn support commercial and recreational fisheries.
Seagrass meadows help to stabilize the seafloor by holding sediments together with their roots and rhizomes. They also dampen wave energy, reducing coastal erosion and protecting shorelines from the impacts of storms and sea level rise.
Seagrasses provide a direct food source for herbivores, such as green sea turtles and manatees, as well as indirectly supporting other marine life through the food chain.
Despite their importance, seagrass meadows are under threat from various human activities, such as coastal development, pollution, and climate change. Loss of seagrass meadows can lead to reduced biodiversity, increased carbon emissions, and weakened coastal resilience. Efforts to conserve and restore seagrass meadows are essential for maintaining the health of our marine ecosystems and the valuable services they provide.
Special to TCPalmVERO BEACH – Don Meadows knows life is all about timing.In early 1991, when he was called out of college after a two-year stint in the Army, Meadows was about to be shipped to Iraq. The night before, on Feb. 28, President George H. W. Bush announced a cease-fire.“I was pretty fortunate,” Meadows said. “I was one day from being sent to Iraq.”Meadows eventually entered into a more peaceful profession – golf – and he always seems to be in the r...
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VERO BEACH – Don Meadows knows life is all about timing.
In early 1991, when he was called out of college after a two-year stint in the Army, Meadows was about to be shipped to Iraq. The night before, on Feb. 28, President George H. W. Bush announced a cease-fire.
“I was pretty fortunate,” Meadows said. “I was one day from being sent to Iraq.”
Meadows eventually entered into a more peaceful profession – golf – and he always seems to be in the right place at the right time.
After spending 10 seasons coaching the McNeese State golf teams, Meadows got a jewel of a job in 2007 when he became director of golf at Quail Valley Golf Club in Vero Beach.
Under Meadows’ guidance, Quail Valley has been as successful as owners Steve Mulvey and Kevin Given hoped it would be. The high-end club – its course was designed by Hall of Famer Nick Price and Tommy Fazio – has given back to the game by hosting top events, such as U.S. Open sectional qualifiers, Florida State Golf Association championships and a national collegiate event.
Meadows looks out for more than his club.
Since entering the South Florida PGA Section as the awards chairman less than a decade ago, the 47-year-old has risen the ranks and recently took over as the 20th president of the second-largest PGA section in the U.S.
Meadows’ career arc in the South Florida PGA is like a Justin Day drive – steep and quick. A president usually serves two-year terms as secretary and vice president before taking over the top spot.
“It’s not often a PGA professional goes from being an awards chairman to president of the section in less than 10 years,” said Geoff Lofstead, executive director of the South Florida PGA.
“But you can see why this happened with Don. The night I first met him, I called Brian Peaper, who was then the president, and told him, ‘This is a guy you have to get involved.’ Anyone who has interacted with Don knows here was a guy who should be running for office. He’s so dedicated.”
Meadows said when he attended his first South Florida PGA meeting, he was struck by everyone’s willingness to help each other.
And we’re not just talking about golf.
“I feel inspired when you get out in our section, and you see a lot of the great things PGA pros are doing to enhance not only their own clubs, but the communities they live in,” Meadows said. “Things like the Habitat for Humanity is dear to my heart. We’ve built six homes already, and we’re going to build one in each of the 14 counties in our section.”
Meadows’ grandfather, a former coal miner, helped build a golf course in West Virginia. It was his grandfather and father who introduced Meadows to the sport when he was 11.
Being on the northern edge of the South Florida PGA, which stretches from Key West to Sebastian and as far west as Naples, requires a bigger commitment than most officers. Almost every time he travels for the South Florida PGA, it’s at least a two-hour drive for Meadows.
It doesn’t hurt that Meadows’ 17-year-old son, Trey, is a good golfer who plays all over the section in junior tournaments. What’s another road trip, or three?
“What I like about the section is it’s so diverse,” Meadows said. “You have some great municipal courses as well as some of the most well-thought-out communities. Plus, a lot of PGA life members retire here, so we can learn a lot from them.”
Meadows says he has no pressing agendas as he embarks on his two-year term. His goal is to keep the ball rolling as the South Florida PGA remains one of the nation’s finest in terms of facilities and the PGA professionals who run them.
“The main thing is to continue to provide support for Geoff (Lofstead) and Meredith Schuler at the section office,” Meadows said. “Golf is a great vehicle in that it provides green space and it’s a game for a lifetime. We just want to keep growing the game.”
Right place at the right time? More like the right person.
Craig Dolch is a TCPalm correspondent with more than 30 years of golf writing experience.
Seagrasses are grass-like flowering plants that live completely submerged in marine and estuarine waters. Although seagrasses occur throughout the coastal areas of Florida, they are most abundant in Florida Bay and from Tarpon Springs northward to Apalachee Bay in the Gulf of Mexico, which are two of the most extensive seagrass beds in continental North America.Seagrasses occur in protected bays and lagoons and also in deeper waters along the continental shelf in the Gulf of Mexico. The depth at which seagrasses occur is limited by wa...
Seagrasses are grass-like flowering plants that live completely submerged in marine and estuarine waters. Although seagrasses occur throughout the coastal areas of Florida, they are most abundant in Florida Bay and from Tarpon Springs northward to Apalachee Bay in the Gulf of Mexico, which are two of the most extensive seagrass beds in continental North America.
Seagrasses occur in protected bays and lagoons and also in deeper waters along the continental shelf in the Gulf of Mexico. The depth at which seagrasses occur is limited by water clarity because most species require high levels of light.
Florida's approximately 2.2 million acres of seagrasses perform many significant functions:
The canopy of seagrass protects smaller marine animals, including the young of such species as drums, sea bass, snappers and grunts, from larger predators. Some animals, such as manatees, urchins, conches and sea turtles, eat seagrass blades. Other animals derive nutrition from eating algae and small animals that live upon seagrass leaves. Bottlenose dolphins and a variety of wading and diving birds also use seagrass beds as feeding grounds. Seagrass-based detritus formed by the microbial breakdown of leaves and roots is also an important food source.
Although approximately 52 species of seagrasses exist worldwide, only seven species are found in Florida's marine waters. Six of these are widespread in Florida and extend beyond its borders.
Turtle grass (), the largest of the Florida seagrasses, has deeper root structures than any of the other seagrasses. It has large ribbon-like leaves that are 4 to 12 mm wide and 10 to 35 mm long. This seagrass is temperature limited and does not occur along the northeast Florida coast, but it forms extensive beds in Florida Bay.
Shoal grass (Halodule wrightii) is an early colonizer of vegetated areas and usually grows in water too shallow for other species except widgeon grass. It is most common in inlets along the east coast.
() is easily recognizable because its leaves are cylindrical instead of ribbon-like and flat like many other seagrass species. The thin leaves are up to half a meter long. The northern limit of manatee-grass is the Indian River, near Cape Canaveral. Manatee grass is usually found in mixed seagrass beds or small, dense monospecific patches.
Widgeon grass (Ruppia maritima) grows in both fresh and salt water and is widely distributed throughout Florida's estuaries in less saline areas, particularly in inlets along the Florida east coast.
Three species of are found in Florida - stargrass (), paddle-grass (Halophila decipiens) and Johnson's seagrass (Halophila johnsonii). These are smaller, more fragile seagrasses. Only limited information about them exists, although surveys are underway to define their ecological roles. Johnson's seagrass grows only in the Indian River Lagoon south to Biscayne Bay and is listed as a federally threatened species.
OCOEE, Fla. – Orange County Fire Rescue battled a fire at an egg processing plant and chicken house on an Ocoee urban farm on Tuesday.The fire is at 10000 Mark Adams Road in Ocoee, just south of Clarcona Ocoee Road. The address is linked to Lake Meadow Naturals, an urban farm known for providing eggs and meat to businesses around Central Florida.Sky 6 video shows smoke and chickens that were freed from the house at ...
OCOEE, Fla. – Orange County Fire Rescue battled a fire at an egg processing plant and chicken house on an Ocoee urban farm on Tuesday.
The fire is at 10000 Mark Adams Road in Ocoee, just south of Clarcona Ocoee Road. The address is linked to Lake Meadow Naturals, an urban farm known for providing eggs and meat to businesses around Central Florida.
Sky 6 video shows smoke and chickens that were freed from the house at the farm during the fire.
Orange County Fire Rescue said the fire is now out. But it’s unknown if any chickens were lost in the fire.
In a Facebook post, Lake Meadow Naturals said due to the electrical fire, the business “will have to do a complete remediation of the egg processing room.”
“We apologize to any of our valued customers who may not have been able to patron of farm store earlier today,” the business said in the post. “As a part of the Ocoee community for over 20 years, we can’t thank all of you enough for reaching out with your concern for the farm’s well-being. That truly means the world to us. . We’d also like to thank our friends from the Ocoee Fire Department who showed up at moments notice.”
Lake Meadow Naturals has been a staple in the local food scene for the past two decades. According to its website, as of 2019, Lake Meadow Naturals supplies products to popular hotels and restaurants throughout the area like Prato in Winter Park, The Ritz-Carlton in Orlando, and the Hyatt Regency at the Orlando International Airport. Owner Dale Volkert was even interviewed on News 6′s Florida Foodie podcast in 2020.
“I feel terrible,” neighbor Russell Smedley said. “Wow, that’s pretty crazy I’m not going to lie.”
Smedley said his family comes to the farm often.
“I never thought that would catch on fire or that anything bad would happen in this area,” Smedley said.
The farm has also become a staple for Central Florida residents.
Mary Griffin said she has been going to Lake Meadow Naturals since her son was a toddler.
“My heart goes out to them because I know that they take such good care of their chickens,” Griffin said. “And it’s, like I said, very happy. And all the customers I’ve ever met going there, they love the place. I mean, it’s just it’s really good and a really good group of people.”
News 6 asked the owner of Lake Meadow for comment, but they declined the interview.
“We’ll be sure to update everyone on the rebuild of the damaged areas,” farm officials said on Facebook. “In the meantime, we are setting up a secondary egg processing facility to keep up with our happy hens who continue to produce eggs at a healthy rate.”
At this time, no injuries have been reported and it is not known if any chickens were harmed or eggs were damaged.
News 6 is working on getting more details. Stay with ClickOrlando.com for updates.
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — "To be put in this position and be a parent I have five children who look to me to make sure I keep a roof over their heads and it's like they're jeopardizing that for me."
Chanice Johnson has been living at Meadows Mobile Home Park for two years. Now, her family and the rest of the community are facing financial stress, loss of investment, and evictions after new owners Florida Sun Estates took over back in September, raising the lot rents from $389 to $895 a month.
"Who can afford that?"
A spokesperson with Florida Sun Estates says they're raising prices to make improvements to the park. But, they're no longer letting people rent mobile homes, they'll only be available for purchase. That means anyone with an existing lease can finish it out but will have to vacate when it ends unless they choose to buy the home.
"But I still gotta pay you $895, I'm still paying you rent for a home that I own."
To make sure residents know their rights, North Florida Legal Services is stepping up to provide legal representation at no cost. They're also helping them get access to rental assistance.
Executive Director, Leslie Powell-Boudreaux, said, "Whether again it's litigation, negotiation, or some sort of agreement with the mobile home park."
The City of Tallahassee is also going to help residents with utility costs for those staying at the park or on down payments and first month's bills for those that must leave.
Mayor Pro-Tem, Curtis Richardson, said, "We're going to do everything that we can to provide the resources that we have available."
Nearly 80 students that live at the Meadows attend nearby Sabal Palm Elementary School. Meadows' residents also say a gate that connected the school and the mobile home park is now closed since Florida Sun Estates took over.
With these pending evictions, students may be forced to relocate schools. At Tuesday's free legal clinic, Leon County School's Superintendent, Rocky Hanna, said not to worry.
"If you are forced to relocate at no fault of your own then we will continue to find ways to bring your child to Sabal Palm if that's what you so desire."
Legal Services of North Florida have reported a steady increase in home evictions over the last three years. 1,000 people filed for eviction applications in the first seven months of 2021.
The next free legal help clinic on rental assistance will be on Jan. 20 at the South City Foundation Tech Hub.
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