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 Westlake, 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 Westlake, 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:
Whether you are considering our HRT and anti-aging treatments for women in Westlake, FL, we are here to help. The first step to reclaiming your life begins by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation. Our friendly, knowledgeable HRT experts can help answer your questions and walk you through our procedures. From there, we'll figure out which treatments are right for you. Before you know it, you'll be well on your way to looking and feeling better than you have in years!866-793-9933
Climb into a big green ATV and head out in any direction from Seminole Pratt Whitney Road, which bisects the 4,192-acre City of Westlake, and you’ll find yourself bumping and rocking over land cleared for houses, businesses and a big park. Land for development.Often, the turned rock or sand is bone white and stretches out for hundreds of yards under this summer’s blowtorch of a sun, while fine granules carried on a hot wind peck at the lens of your sunglasses.Some might call it a hellscape of mangled earth. But for ...
Climb into a big green ATV and head out in any direction from Seminole Pratt Whitney Road, which bisects the 4,192-acre City of Westlake, and you’ll find yourself bumping and rocking over land cleared for houses, businesses and a big park. Land for development.
Often, the turned rock or sand is bone white and stretches out for hundreds of yards under this summer’s blowtorch of a sun, while fine granules carried on a hot wind peck at the lens of your sunglasses.
Some might call it a hellscape of mangled earth. But for Westlake City Manager Kenneth Cassel, it’s a dreamscape that no one envisioned when a small cadre of people in the nearly uninhabited Seminole Improvement District got together in 2016 to create the municipality, and Minto Communities USA moved in to develop most of the 4,554 homes approved by Palm Beach County.
The anticipated sales rate was 227 units per year. However, over the first seven years, sales have averaged 450 units per year. If that pace continues, Westlake could reach residential buildout in 2026 or early 2027.
“We looked at it and thought, rationally, we could hit buildout in 20, maybe 22 years,” said Cassel, who is employed by Inframark, the firm contracted to run the city. “But wow! It has been just incredible… We tell people, you better put your sneakers on, ’cause we’re moving fast.”
And not just in residential sales. Some 2.2 million square feet of commercial land is quickly being gobbled up on and near Seminole Pratt, with the recently opened Publix at Westlake Plaza shopping center being the community’s most notable new corporate resident.
Despite devastating hurricanes slamming Florida every couple of years, sky-high insurances rates, rising property taxes, the highest mortgage rates in a generation and home prices that are out of reach for many, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, Florida had the highest growth rate of any state in 2021-22. The last time that happened was 1957. Palm Beach County was listed among the top-five fastest growing in the state.
Cassel, a Miami native and U.S. Air Force veteran with a master’s degree in public administration from Florida International University, said this week he sees no sign of a slowdown in Westlake or Florida. He cited the natural progression of millions of the state’s young people coming of age and needing housing, plus migration from inside and outside the U.S., driven partly by Florida’s lack of an income tax.
“Last week, Minto released 10 or 15 lots in Westlake, and they sold in two hours,” Cassel said. “In comparison to a lot of places, [Florida] looks pretty darn good.”
Minto, Westlake’s primary developer and landowner, certainly is not slowing down.
The final nail and doorjamb recently went into place in the 424 homes of The Groves, just south of Persimmon Blvd.; 60 percent of the 599 homes in The Orchards, south of Town Center Parkway, are completed; and as soon as that project is done, crews will start shaping ground and laying foundations for 350 houses in The Pines.
That development, featuring a long, linear lake with surrounding multimodal golf cart, bike and fitness trails, will back up to Golden Grove Elementary School and Western Pines Middle School, providing easy access for students and parents.
“You talk to developers, and many will tell you that a lot of municipalities make getting from point A to point B almost impossible,” Cassel said. “The overarching vision from the beginning with the city’s comprehensive plan… was to make it so that development could take place smoothly.”
The key to all of it is sticking to the plan.
“We’ve set up parameters that give predictability for the developers,” he said. “As long as developers stay within those boxes, the process is pretty straightforward.”
Other major developers in Westlake include Kolter Homes, which created the 55-plus community of Cresswind, and Label & Co., developer of Sky Cove.
Since its inception, Westlake has tried to position itself as a relatively affordable alternative to exploding housing prices near the coast and in areas like Wellington. Westlake has so far held to that model, with only a handful of homes in The Estates valued at more than a $1 million. Keeping homes low enough on the six-figure scale to make them appealing to sought-after young families and mid-level professionals is a constant balancing act, Cassel said.
In planning construction, developers “watch the market very closely,” he said. “If homes with 65 feet of frontage aren’t selling, then maybe they do 55 feet in the next development. It’s all market driven… [But] we’re always asking ourselves, how do we fit into the sweet spot in the middle in terms of housing costs, taxes and utilities, while still providing a real quality of life.”
In the exploding South Florida real estate market, it’s not easy.
Through Minto’s “Welcome Heroes” program and the city’s Housing Assistance Purchase Program Yearly (HAPPY) trust fund, discounts or tax breaks are offered to help teachers, medical professionals, government workers, first responders, members of the military and veterans — especially first-time homebuyers. But the continued surge in salaries, home prices and the cost of mortgages has forced Westlake to leave some $2.5 million in homebuyer assistance sitting on the table.
Cassel said this week that he is working on ways to revamp the program to qualify more homebuyers.
Meanwhile, Westlake continues to build a web of partnerships with various developers, the Seminole Improvement District, Florida Power & Light and Palm Beach County, among others, that Cassel said will pay dividends for years to come.
The biggest current joint venture is a 50-acre park south of Seminole Ridge High School. Part of the land next to the M-2 Canal also is being used by Seminole for 2.5-million-gallon irrigation water retention tank that already is under construction next to an existing 500,000-gallon tank.
Plans for the park are not complete but likely will include a walking trail, restrooms, soccer fields, pickleball courts, a “tot-lot” playground, hook-ups for a portable concert stage and a number of food trucks, along with parking for 275 cars and 100 golf carts. Also under discussion are tennis, basketball and beach volleyball courts, and a concession stand.
Eventually, a community center/town hall with council chambers is expected to be part of the project, which will be phased in over three to five years.
“The vision for whatever we build there will be as a multipurpose facility, not something that only gets used once a month,” Cassel said. “We don’t want something that will be underutilized. We always want to be smart with the taxpayers’ money.”
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Out in the Westlake community in western Palm Beach County, there were more buyers than land lots ready for building. The waiting lists for new builds are gone but the appeal of Westlake is growing.More than 1,500 families are now living in the city of Westlake since construction began.Last year, builders faced an accelerated pace and high demand for new homes. WPTV interviewed a couple that camped out overnight to secure a new construction in Westlake.RELATED: ...
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Out in the Westlake community in western Palm Beach County, there were more buyers than land lots ready for building. The waiting lists for new builds are gone but the appeal of Westlake is growing.
More than 1,500 families are now living in the city of Westlake since construction began.
Last year, builders faced an accelerated pace and high demand for new homes. WPTV interviewed a couple that camped out overnight to secure a new construction in Westlake.
About a year later, they just closed on their new home, a growing trend in this western Palm Beach County community.
At the height of demand for housing last year, Terrance Diaz and his wife, Veronica Nieto-Diaz, slept in their car outside of the Sky Cove sales center in Westlake to buy a land lot to construct their dream home.
For Nieto-Diaz, owning a home for her kids to live in is the ultimate American dream.
“I moved maybe like 12 times in my life," Nieto-Diaz. "That’s it, I don’t have to move anymore.”
“That’s what I want for her, for her and the kids. This is home. Just as simple as that. No more moving,” Diaz said.
Just like the excitement to live in a brand-new build in Westlake, a community the Diazs chose, because of its kid-friendly appeal.
The 3,800-acre community is equipped with a resort-style waterpark, an amenity for the families living in Westlake.
Although the waiting lists and overnight campouts for homes are gone, developers said, the interest in Westlake remains steady.
“We still remain very active given what’s happened with interest rates, we are actually 10% year over year ahead of sales for the Minto community,” Mike Belmont, Minto Communities USA president, said. “We’ve sold 75 so far this year, It was 67 a year ago.”
Belmont said a new shopping plaza with a Publix will open soon.
Just last month, Christ Fellowship, the first church in the city, had its grand opening with more projects in the works.
“They want to make it where you can invest your time right here, you don’t have to leave,” Diaz said.
For Diaz, it was the family feel that had him making the move.
“We can spend time back there with the kids, set up a little swing set, you know, family stuff,” he said.
Owning a home in an up-and-coming city in Palm Beach County is all he’s ever wanted.
“Something beautiful for the family,” Diaz said.
WESTLAKE — Built over an old orange grove, Westlake is showing its first signs of becoming a place where people do more than sleep.Visitors can see residents unloading boxes into spacious homes and driving golf-carts, while construction workers are erecting the walls of commercial developments.Financed by Minto Communities,...
WESTLAKE — Built over an old orange grove, Westlake is showing its first signs of becoming a place where people do more than sleep.
Visitors can see residents unloading boxes into spacious homes and driving golf-carts, while construction workers are erecting the walls of commercial developments.
Financed by Minto Communities, Westlake became Palm Beach County's 39th city when it incorporated seven years ago. Homes range from the $400,000s to the $800,000, and the city is projected to see stores, restaurants and even an attraction park come to the rural western suburbs of West Palm Beach.
John Carter, Minto's vice president, speaks of Westlake as pedestrian and golf-cart oriented city and said it was planned to offer options to “live, work and play” for people in the area, rather than driving 15 miles east to West Palm Beach.
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In 2017, the city had a population of five people, according to the U.S. Census Data. By 2020, it was home to over 906.
In terms of demographics, white residents accounted for 40% of the population, followed by Hispanics at 35.7% and Blacks at 17.3%. The median age is 34 and the median income is about $100,000 a year, U. S. Census Data shows. By comparison, the county’s median income is $65,000.
Minto projected Westlake will have over 11,300 residents in the next six to 10 years, or about equal to Lantana's population.
Minto has built 2,500 homes, just over half of the 4,500 approved for the city.
At the rate of 400 homes built a year, Carter expects Westlake to be built out within five years. Neighborhoods are designed in pods and connected by pathways to the city's commercial strip.
Carter says Minto built townhouses, single-family homes and estate homes to address the lack of available housing in Palm Beach County, especially in its western suburbs, and to appeal to young professionals, families and multigenerational households.
Westlake offers programs to help buyers with down payments and closing costs. They are income-based and available for those who qualify for workforce housing.
Westlake’s commercial and entertainment area is planned as a strip along its main street, Seminole-Pratt Whitney Road. Carter hopes it will become the downtown for residents of west-central Palm Beach County.
"It's centered on providing basic services that really not only serve Westlake but will certainly serve the over 20,000 homes that are immediately surrounding us," Carter said.
Valentina Palm covers Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, Loxahatchee and other western communities in Palm Beach County for The Palm Beach Post. Email her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @ValenPalmB. Support local journalism: Subscribe today.
WESTLAKE, Fla. —A Westlake couple was forced to fear having their child taken away from the state after their baby's birthmarks were mistaken for bruises.Loi Tran says he and his wife are on edge and still in shock from when the Department of Children and Families (DCF) showed up at their front door to question them, because their 9-month-old daughter has Mongolian spots, or birthmarks."It was horrifying,” Tran said.On Sunday, after Loi and his family got back home after church, t...
WESTLAKE, Fla. —
A Westlake couple was forced to fear having their child taken away from the state after their baby's birthmarks were mistaken for bruises.
Loi Tran says he and his wife are on edge and still in shock from when the Department of Children and Families (DCF) showed up at their front door to question them, because their 9-month-old daughter has Mongolian spots, or birthmarks.
"It was horrifying,” Tran said.
On Sunday, after Loi and his family got back home after church, there was a knock on their door.
"It was the sheriff and someone from Child Protective Services saying someone filed allegations against us for child abuse," Tran said.
A volunteer at the church day care saw birthmarks on their baby, mistaking them for bruises.
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Here are pictures of the birthmarks, which are also referred to as Mongolian spots. The official name for them is congenital dermal melanocytosis.
Birthmarks on Loi Tran’s daughter
Birthmarks on Loi Tran’s daughter
Loi and his wife told DCF and the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office that those marks are congenital dermal melanocytosis, or Mongolian spots, a birthmark common for babies of Asian descent. It’s a flat bluish-green or light brown mark that fades over time, usually on the buttocks or back, just like Loi’s daughter has.
The sheriff’s office quickly determined the allegations of abuse were unfounded.
WPBF 25 News showed these pictures to a nurse practitioner, who agrees with the sheriff’s office and the parents.
"They are definitely Mongolian spots because of the characteristics of the irregular borderline and also the area of the body that it’s located,” Elizabeth Ofori-Attah, a nurse practitioner with Reva Med Primary Care Associates, said.
Even though the sheriff’s office cleared the parents, the DCF agent had to go through the agency’s process.
"She had to take pictures of all my other daughters and find and make sure we had running water; our fridge has food, make sure. She wanted to see the room. My daughter had just been put to sleep, and my wife had to wake her up because she needed to see my daughter,” Tran said.
Tran says they still haven’t been officially cleared by DCF, and WPBF 25 News is still waiting to hear back from the agency.
"We love our daughter so much, and we just couldn’t bear the thought of that they can take them away from us,” Tran said. "It's just the fear of knowing that somebody could just take your kid away that day if something went wrong, like if I forgot to clean my house or had I forgotten to stock my fridge up, they could just take my girls away. That was very devastating."
He also says he hopes the day care can have better training for spotting birthmarks moving forward.
Tran says he and his wife are still not sure whether they’re going to return to the church.
Publix Super Marketshas added another Florida location to its growing list of stores in the Sunshine State.The fast-growing Lakeland, Florida-based grocery retailer opened its newest location on Thursday at the Westlake Plaza in Westlake. The 48,388-square-foot store is located at 16841 Persimmon Blvd. W Unit 1000 in Palm Beach County.“We are excited to welcome o...
Publix Super Marketshas added another Florida location to its growing list of stores in the Sunshine State.
The fast-growing Lakeland, Florida-based grocery retailer opened its newest location on Thursday at the Westlake Plaza in Westlake. The 48,388-square-foot store is located at 16841 Persimmon Blvd. W Unit 1000 in Palm Beach County.
“We are excited to welcome our customers to their new store at the Westlake Plaza Shopping Center and look forward to providing them with the premier service and quality Publix is known for,” said Lindsey Willis, Publix media relations manager.
The new store offers departments for grocery, dairy, frozen food, seafood, meat and produce, as well as an updated bakery department that offers a wider selection of self-service options. The store will also include a pharmacy.
Contactless pay options, grocery delivery via Instacart and pharmacy delivery are all available, as well as centralized pick-up at the front of the store for grocery pick up via online ordering.
Looking to ready itself for hurricane season the Florida-based grocer has partnered with OrderInsite, a technology platform for pharmacies to manage, monitor and master their prescription drug inventory.
Publix operates more than 1,200 pharmacies across seven states in the Southeast, which are often impacted during hurricane season.
“We are always striving to provide the best quality service to our customers and that means being prepared for extreme weather events like a hurricane,” said Dain Rusk, Publix VP of pharmacy, in a statement. “OrderInsite’s expertise and support help our pharmacies be well-equipped to navigate these unpredicted challenges. Their advanced systems allow us to make informed decisions quickly prioritizing the necessary prescription drugs that our customers need.”
The technology provides predictive analytics, quick adjustments for re-ordering, and drug forecasting, allowing Publix to know which prescription medications to fast-track to which store.
“We are happy to support Publix and provide a customized solution that allows its pharmacists to prepare ahead of a natural disaster like a hurricane,” said George Lazenby, CEO of OrderInsite, in a statement. “It’s important that Publix customers have access to their medications when they need them and it’s rewarding to be a part of their overall plan so communities are better prepared for the unknown.”
Publix employs more than 240,000 associates and operates 1,343 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.