Daily it seems someone will remark to me -”I’m not really at midlife yet. I’m still having my menstrual cycles” or “I’m past midlife; I stopped having my menstrual cycles
The Midlife Wellness Center was designed to offer the extensive health evaluation, as well as intense education, not usually possible at a routine annual medical exam. Brenda S. Smith, M.D., a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist, will help
Typical client concerns at the Midlife Wellness Center include hot flashes, low energy, an inability to sleep through the night, weight gain, loss of sex drive and memory loss. Dr. Smith takes a comprehensive approach to her clients’ health, providing guidance on everything from bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, to nutritional assessment, to preventive medicine.
Your evaluation at the Midlife Wellness Center will last approximately 2 1/2 hours and will focus on three areas that typically concern midlife women:
1. Hormonal evaluation and advice. Did you know that your natural hormones can be unbalanced for eight to 10 years before menopause? This often results in a decreased quality of life and increased risk for female cancers. Hormone balance is vital for midlife women and is required for optimal health and well being. During your consultation, we will discuss your family health history, personal risk factors for disease and symptoms you may currently be experiencing, such as hot flashes, inability to sleep, lack of sex drive or stress. If hormone replacement is necessary, bio-identical hormones will be prescribed to bring your hormones into balance.
2. Nutritional education and advice. Nutrition is always important, but as you begin to age, it becomes vital that you provide your body with good fuel. Nutrition even affects how hormones function, or don’t function, in the body. At your consultation we will discuss any concerns you have regarding your weight. We also will develop a strategy to help you maintain a healthy weight, and reduce your risk for weight-related illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer.
3. Preventive health advice. It’s a fact that most diseases don’t just suddenly appear. They result from years of neglect and abuse. As you discuss your health, Dr. Smith will help you recognize the early warning signs of disease, and make suggestions for choices that can help you live a healthier midlife. Following your consultation, any necessary lab work will be ordered to enhance your evaluation.
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