SottoPelle® Recognizes Dr. Erica Balthrop for outstanding contributions to BHRT and Her Quality Care for Her Patients! 

SottoPelle® announces its “Featured Provider Series” showcasing various Providers that have made a difference to their patients, offering leading-edge Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT).

Erica Balthrop, M.D. has been a SottoPelle® Trained Provider since November 2019.

Erica Balthrop, M.D. specializes in Obstetrics & Gynecology and has been in a private medical practice in Clarksdale, MS for more than 20 years.  Dr. Balthrop is one of three physician partners at The Woman’s Clinic, P.A.

In regards to hormone therapy, Erica Balthrop, M.D. has been using other alternatives such as injections and creams.  Living in a small town, she knew most patients were driving 2 hours or more to seek therapy and wanted to bring the same service closer to home.  Living in a rural community, Erica Balthrop M.D.  wanted to offer the same level of services as a large city, and the result was finding SottoPelle® and bringing that methodology to her practice.

Erica Balthrop, MD. has the following education and qualifications:

  • Erica Balthrop, M.D. completed her undergraduate studies at Loyola University of Chicago in 1987.
  • She attended graduate school at Western Kentucky University and completed her Doctor of Medicine degree at Finch University in 1996.
  • Erica Balthrop, M.D. completed her Residency in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cook County Hospital in 2000.

 

When she’s not working, you’ll find Dr. Balthrop spending time with her 3 children.  Soccer is a big sport in their family and keeps them on the move.  She is also a seasoned runner, who has even had the opportunity of running a full Marathon.

“We are proud to be associated with Erica Balthrop, M.D. whom we have trained to understand the best practices of BHRT,” states CarolAnn Tutera, CEO of SottoPelle®.   “We are thrilled to have Dr. Balthrop as a Provider of Note who shares our vision of best practices and quality patient care.”

To view additional information about Erica Balthrop, MD. or to contact the office; please visit his SottoPelle® directory listing:   https://www.sottopelletherapy.com/doctors/erica-balthrop-md/

Provider Information:

Erica Balthrop, M.D.
The Women’s Clinic
2000 North State Street
Clarksdale, Mississippi 38614
(662) 627-7361

SottoPelle® Recognizes Rikki Youngworth, FNP-C for outstanding contributions to BHRT and Her Quality Care for Her Patients!

SottoPelle® Announces its “Featured Provider Series” showcasing various Providers that have made a difference to their patients offering leading-edge Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT).

Rikki Youngworth, FNP-C has been a SottoPelle® Trained Provider since October 2019.

Look around you the next time you’re out and about. Chances are many of the men and women surrounding you are experiencing daily fatigue, unexplained weight gain, mood changes, and muscle aches due to hormonal imbalance. But often these symptoms can easily be alleviated by addressing that imbalance. For many, that journey toward wellness begins by restoring the natural balance of their hormones with SottoPelle® bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, thus helping to ease their symptoms for physical, mental, and emotional health. Rikki Youngworth FNP-C offers personalized care and BHRT pellet therapy, at Valley Spinal Care, helping patients live life to its fullest potential.

Having had her life personally changed from hormonal balance, Rikki strives to focus on the patient’s physical and emotional wellbeing to meet their individual needs. She believes in having a collaborative relationship with her patients, with a passion for patient education and optimal wellness. “I’ve always been passionate about caring for others and being a Nurse Practitioner allows me to live that passion”. At Valley Spinal Care, Rikki helps her patients live happier and healthier through services including chiropractic care, trigger point injections, weight management, allergy testing, and myotherapy.

Rikki Youngworth, FNP-C has the following education and qualifications:

  • Rikki Youngworth, FNP-C graduated from University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work in 1993
  • Master of Social Work in 1995
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Grand Canyon University in 2006.
  • Rikki Youngworth, FNP-C began her career and spent the next 14 years, working at John C Lincoln Hospital in cardiac, oncology, and medical-surgical units.
  • Rikki Youngworth, FNP-C completed her Master’s degree at Chamberlain College of Nursing in 2018 and is now a family nurse practitioner certified through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

When she’s not working, you’ll find Rikki, a seasoned long-distance runner, outside hiking, or biking and spending as much time as possible with her partner and their 5 children.

“We are proud to be associated with Rikki Youngworth, FNP-C whom we have trained to understand the best practices of BHRT,” states CarolAnn Tutera, CEO of SottoPelle®.   “We are thrilled to have Rikki Youngworth, FNP-C as a Provider of Note who shares our vision of best practices and quality patient care.”

To view additional information about Rikki Youngworth, FNP-C or to contact the office, please visit his SottoPelle® directory listing:  https://www.sottopelletherapy.com/doctors/rikki-youngworth-fnp-c/

Provider Information:
Rikki Youngworth, FNP-C
Valley Spinal Care
1 N. Central Ave, Suite #104
Phoenix, AZ   85004
(602) 368-3578
https://www.valleyspinalcare.com/

SottoPelle® Recognizes Kushna K. Damallie, MD. for outstanding contributions to BHRT and His Quality Care for His Patients

SottoPelle® Announces its “Featured Provider Series” showcasing various Providers that have made a difference to their patients offering leading-edge Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT).

Kushna K. Damallie, MD. has been a SottoPelle® Trained Provider since October 2019.

Kushna K. Damallie, MD. was born in Nassau, Bahamas, and completed his undergraduate studies at Morris Brown College in 1995.  Kushna K. Damallie, MD. is an obstetrics & gynecology specialist in Clarksdale, Mississippi.   Kushna K. Damallie MD. completed his residency at Johnson City Medical Center East Tennessee State University.  He currently practices at The Woman’s Clinic and is affiliated with Northwest Mississippi Medical Center.

Kushna K.  Damallie, MD.  has more experience with Gynecologic Care, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and Obstetric Care than other specialists in his area.   Kushna K. Damallie, MD. is dedicated to outstanding care and proactive support for the many issues and concerns that arise as we age.  Since adding SottoPelle® BHRT to his practice, Kushna K. Damallie, MD. has been able to provide his patients with more options to relieve their health issues.

Kushna K. Damallie, MD. is affiliated with numerous hospitals throughout Mississippi and more, such as Northwest Mississippi Medical Center, North Sunflower Medical Center and Merit Health Northwest Regional Medical Center.

“We are proud to be associated with Kushna K. Damallie, MD. whom we have trained to understand the best practices of BHRT,” states CarolAnn Tutera, CEO of SottoPelle.   “We are thrilled to have Kushna K. Damallie, MD. as a Provider of Note who shares our vision of best practices and quality patient care.”

Kushna K. Damallie, MD. has the following education and qualifications:

  • Kushna K. Damallie, MD. attended Boston University School of Medicineand then graduated in 1999
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology ABOG
  • Mississippi State Medical License 2003 – 2020
  • North Carolina State Medical License 2010 – 2012
  • Tennessee 2001 – 2020
  • Over 21 years of experience in the field of medicine

To view additional information about Kushna K. Damallie, MD. or to contact the office, please visit his SottoPelle® directory listing: https://www.sottopelletherapy.com/doctors/kushna-damallie-md/

Provider Information:
Kushna K. Damallie, MD
The Women’s Clinic
2000 N. State Street
Clarksdale, Mississippi  38614
(662) 627-7361
https://www.facebook.com/twcobgyn38614

 

SottoPelle® Recognizes Dr. Edmund H. Lew, MD for outstanding contributions to BHRT

SottoPelle® Announces its “Featured Provider Series” showcasing various Providers that have made a difference to their patients offering leading edge Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT).

Dr. Edmund H. Lew, MD has been a SottoPelle® Trained Provider since September 2019.

Since 2016, Dr. Edmund H. Lew has added Age Management Medicine to his practice.  He is SottoPelle® certified in Advanced Bio-identical Hormone Replacement for both men and women, nutrigenomic DNA testing and treatment, and Regenerative Medicine using PRP (platelet-rich plasma).  He is also certified in Aesthetic procedures, including neuromodulators, dermal fillers, and fibro-blasting treatment for skin tightening using Plasm Pen. He is also certified in procedures that enhance sexual function, including the P-Shot, P-Shockwave and O-Shot.

 

Dr. Edmund H. Lew is affiliated with numerous hospitals throughout California and more, such as Adventist health Glendale, Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center.

Dr. Edmund H. Lew is a devoted family man who lives with his wife in La Canada, where they raised their 3 children. One of their greatest blessings is living close enough to enjoy frequent family gatherings. Dr. Lew’s older son, Dr. Matthew Lew, MD, just joined his father in medical practice in August of 2019. His daughter teaches Biology at a high school in San Gabriel.  His younger son is studying to be a registered nurse.

“We are proud to be associated with Dr. Edmund H. Lew whom we have trained to understand the best practices of BHRT.” states CarolAnn Tutera, CEO of SottoPelle®.  Dr. Edmund H. Lew has obtained from SottoPelle both the same sourcing of the hormone pellets and the tools to customize the therapy to each patient’s individual hormone needs. “We are thrilled to have Edmund H. Lew as a Provider of Note who shares our vision of best practices and quality patient care.”

Edmund H. Lew MD has the following education and qualifications:

  • University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School, M.D. (1983)
  • University of San Francisco, Department of Psycho/Biology, B.A. (1976)
  • American Board of Family Medicine
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Over 37 years of experience in the field of medicine

To view additional information about Edmund H Lew, MD, or to contact the office, please visit his SottoPelle® directory listing:  https://sottopelletherapy.com/doctors/edmund-h-lew-md/

Provider Information:
Edmund H. Lew, MD
Lew Medical
1505 Wilson Terrance, Suite 250
Glendale, California  91206, United States
(818) 246-7115
https://www.lewmedical.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ed.lew.104

Getting your Hormones in Shape for Summer

Swimsuit season is here! But if you are struggling with the symptoms of hormone imbalance, you might not be too excited about showing off your “beach bod.” Both men and women can have a harder time maintaining a healthy weight and muscle mass ratio when they are “out of balance.” When your hormones are out of whack, the rest of the body usually follows. 

Weight Gain in Women
Ladies, does any of this sound familiar?  

  • Weight gain around the middle 
  • Bloating 
  • Favorite jeans don’t fit 
  • Less muscle mass 
  • Have a harder time losing weight 

As estrogen levels drop during perimenopause and menopause, weight gain and changes in weight distribution can be an unpleasant side effect. Women gain an average of five pounds during menopause, but many women who are already overweight or obese will continue to gain. Other factors can contribute to weight gain during this time, including fatigue, antidepressant use, sleep changes, “empty nest syndrome,” and changes in job or relationships. 

 And it’s not just about switching from a bikini to a one-piece. Significant weight gain in your 40s puts you at greater risk for serious health problems like breast cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and depression.  

 One way to prevent this cascade of health problems is to maintain healthy hormone levels. With SottoPelle bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, one treatment every few months can keep you feeling and looking your best all year round without the hormone roller coaster. Customized to you, pellets deliver the right dose of hormone at the right time for constant, consistent results. 

Weight gain in Men
Men aren’t immune from hormone-related changes that affect their beach body, either. As testosterone levels drop, men tend to experience an increase in weight, an increase in body fat, and a decrease in lean muscle mass and strength. Sometimes breast tissue enlarges (gynecomastia).  

 Additional symptoms such as fatigue, sleep problems, depression, and a decrease in motivation or self-confidence can also contribute to weight gain in men during this time. And, just like with women, obesity raises the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.  

 Something else many men don’t realize: obesity and hormone imbalance can contribute to erectile dysfunction. In fact, obesity and hormone imbalance in men seem to feed into one another, each causing the other to become worse. 

 Good thing SottoPelle Therapy works for men, too! SottoPelle’s bioidentical testosterone therapy delivers a steady, consistent dose of natural hormone right into your bloodstream, keeping your T levels where they need to be all year long. 

 Men and women, If your 40+ “beach bod” isn’t what you hoped it would be and you can’t seem to get and keep the weight off, it could mean that your hormones need to get in shape before you can. 

Book your SottoPelle appointment today and your beach vacation next! 

Resources 

https://www.racgp.org.au/afp/2017/june/obesity-and-weight-management-at-menopause/ 

https://www.obesityaction.org/community/article-library/men-is-obesity-affecting-your-sex-life/ 

Fits Like A Glove

Finding your “fit.”

Some things we just have to live with.

Luckily, the symptoms of hormone imbalance are not one of them.

Still, hundreds of thousands of women and men are suffering through uncomfortable physical and mental symptoms that take a toll on their work, relationships, and quality of life. Sometimes their doctors have told them to “just live with it.” Others may have offered them hormone replacement creams, pills or patches made of risky synthetic hormones.

There’s another option.

What makes SottoPelle® different?

The SottoPelle approach to hormone replacement therapy is different, as we use bio identical HRT “pellets” placed painlessly under the skin. Let’s take a look at why this is the most desirable approach to HRT.

The definition of bioidentical is “chemically identical to what your body produces naturally.” This means your body can’t tell the difference between bio identical hormones and the hormones your body once produced, naturally. To your body, they are the same, and that means that in your body, they behave the same way.

The “Hand in the Glove” Analogy

We like to think of Bio identical Pellet therapy as “a hand in a glove.” The glove is the hormone pellet, and the hand is your body. When you put the two together, everything fits…” like, a glove”. The two work seamlessly together.

If you were given a glove designed any other way, your hand wouldn’t fit quite right. That’s what happens with synthetic hormones. They are made with estrogen or testosterone, but they are not biologically identical to your own. This creates a “mismatch” in your body that can lead to unwanted side effects.

It might help to understand how delicate and sensitive the hormonal system in our bodies is. Hormones bind with cells and tissues via proteins in the body called hormone receptors. Once bound, the hormones can create the necessary cellular changes that keep you healthy and feeling good. Your naturally occurring hormones have the perfect molecular structure to “fit” into these hormone receptors. 

When you have a hormone imbalance, your body doesn’t make enough to meet your needs, and you experience symptoms. SottoPelle’s bioidentical hormones, being molecularly identical, are received by your body in the same fashion, react in the same way on a cellular level and produce the same results as your naturally occurring hormones. They quench the thirst of those empty hormone receptors. They fill the gap perfectly.

Synthetic hormones do not have the same molecular structure, absorption capabilities or receptor affinity as bioidenticals. On top of that, the doses are, to some degree, “one-size-fits-all”. The delivery system doesn’t work the same way your body does. The glove doesn’t fit.

Why bioidentical hormones are preferred

The continuing research on bioidentical hormones is making the picture more and more clear: on a cellular level, little things make a big difference.

When we take a look at the science of bioidentical hormone replacement, we learn that:

● bioidentical progesterone does not have a negative effect on blood lipids or vessels like many synthetic progestins

● bioidentical progesterone may carry less risk regarding breast cancer incidence 

● bioidentical estrogens and progesterone suggest a reduced risk of blood clots compared to their non-bioidentical counterparts

● bioidentical hormones are safer and work better than commonly used synthetic versions of hormone replacement therapy

Not only is SottoPelle hormone replacement method biologically identical to your own naturally produced hormones, but our delivery method is also individualized. Through blood tests, we know the correct amount of hormones you need, and we can provide it. We don’t have to squeeze you into someone else’s glove.

Also, our unique delivery system ensures that the correct amount of hormone reaches your bloodstream in a steady, consistent dose, not with the ups and downs produced by other delivery methods like pills, creams or patches.

Just like wearing a well-fitting glove helps you do the job with ease, having the right fit for your hormones helps you live your life with balance, convenience, confidence, and joy.

Let us help you find your “fit.” Contact one of our SottoPelle Certified Providers today. 

Your overall health and wellbeing will thank you for it.

Featured Provider – Joy Keeton, FNP-C

SottoPelle is proud to showcase one of our providers in our “Featured Provider Series.” Joy Keeton, FNP-C practices in Godley, Texas and has been a SottoPelle Trained Provider since July 2019.

In 2018, Joy Keeton, FNP-C saw a huge need in her hometown of Godley, Texas, so Godley Family Medicine was born. Godley Family Medicine is a primary care clinic with some urgent care services, as well as services such as Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, weight loss, and aesthetic services. Joy is deeply excited to add Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy to her practice, which has already resulted in increased growth, as she resides in a rural town in Texas.

Joy has worked as a Nurse Practitioner in the Emergency Room, Primary Care, House-calls, and still works part time at John Peter Smith Hospital Urgent Care along with her clinic as well as adjunct clinical faculty for The University of Texas at Arlington Family Nurse Practitioner Program.  These practices have earned her the SottoPelle® recommendation and positive patient reviews in the community.

Joy is passionate about helping people become the healthiest and best they can possibly be in disease prevention and health promotion.  Her favorite part of this job is making people feel better about themselves whether that means having more energy and overall feeling better through BHRT, weight loss, dietary modifications, or getting Botox/Xeomin injections.  Her goal is to make people feel good inside and out while promoting health and wellness.  She became a Nurse Practitioner because this job offers her so many opportunities to meet people and have a positive impact in their life. She enjoys providing care through finding and fixing the root cause versus just covering a problem with medication.

We are proud to be associated with Joy Keeton, FNP-C who we have trained to understand the best practices of BHRT.” states CarolAnn Tutera, CEO of SottoPelle®.  “We are thrilled to have Joy Keeton, FNP-C as a Provider of Note who shares our vision of best practices and quality patient care.”

Joy Keeton has the following qualifications:

  • Graduated with a Master’s of Science in Nursing from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in 2014 and is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

To view additional information about Joy Keeton, FNP-C, or to contact the office, please visit Joy Keeton’s  SottoPelle directory listing: https://www.sottopelletherapy.com/doctors/joy-keeton-fnp-c/

Please see below for Joy Keeton, FNP-C’s office address and social media information:

Joy Keeton, FNP-C
Godley Family Medicine
503 N. Highway 171 Suite C,
Godley, Texas 76044, United States
817-389-2307

See Joy Keeton, FNP-C’s website: https://godleyfamilymedicine.com/Home.html
Visit Joy Keeton FNP-C’s Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/ godleyfamilymedicine/

Featured Provider – Leita Harris, M.D.

Leita Harris, M.D. has been a SottoPelle® Trained Physician since May 2015 and has a thriving practice in Corona and Indian Wells, California. Her continued success treating Menopause, Andropause, and anti-aging has earned her the SottoPelle® recommendation and positive patient reviews in the community.

Leita Harris, M.D. is dedicated to outstanding care and proactive support for the many issues and concerns that arise as we age.

“My passion is to offer women and men options to optimize their health and overall sense of well-being. We are all aging and I like to encourage people to age well! Restoring hormonal balance with pellets has an amazing way of restoring life to those who have unnecessarily, and unknowingly accepted symptoms related to deficiency as the way to live the rest of their lives. It is very rewarding to see lives and relationships change for the better!” states Leita Harris, M.D.

SottoPelle® is proud to be associated with Leita Harris, M.D., who has been trained to understand the best practices of BHRT.” states CarolAnn Tutera, CEO of SottoPelle. “We are thrilled to have Leita Harris, M.D. as a Doctor of Note who shares our vision of best practices and quality patient care.”

Leita Harris, M.D. has the following qualifications:

– Expert gynecologist who has been caring for women since 1990.
– Offers a wide variety of wellness, health and beauty services.
– Caters to men and women struggling with hormonal imbalances.
– Provides remedies for perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms

To view additional information about Dr. Harris, or to contact the office, please visit Dr. Harris’ SottoPelle directory listing: https://www.sottopelletherapy.com/doctors/leita-harris-md/

You can visit Dr. Harris on her website and social media outlets at:
https://www.nurturingyou.com/
https://www.facebook.com/nurturingyou.drleita/

Featured Provider – Linda Evans, M.D.

Linda Evans, M.D. has been a SottoPelle Trained Physician since September 2008 and has a thriving practice in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her continued success treating Menopause, Andropause, and anti-aging has earned her the SottoPelle recommendation and positive patient reviews in the community.

Linda Evans, M.D is dedicated to outstanding care and proactive support for the many issues and concerns that arise as we age.

“SottoPelle is dedicated to training doctors like Linda Evans, M.D who practice the highest level of professionalism and patient care,” states CarolAnn Tutera, CEO of SottoPelle. “We are thrilled to have Linda Evans, M.D as a Doctor of Note who shares our vision of best practices and quality patient care.”

Linda Evans, M.D.

Linda Evans, M.D has the following qualifications:

· Board certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist and fellow in the college of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
· Dr. Evans’ practice has grown to include a focus on the care of peri-menopausal and menopausal women.
· Expert in both hormonal and non-hormonal therapies for menopausal health.
· Dr. Evans takes the time to listen to your physical and emotional challenges and will work with you to address them.
· Dr. Evans recognizes that each patient is a totally unique individual and takes pride in providing the highest quality of healthcare possible.
· Professional organizations she is affiliated with that are specific to menopause health:
— International Society for the Study of Women’s Health
— The North American Menopause Society

Dr. Evans resides in Loveland, Ohio, and throughout the years, has volunteered for and served on various medical and community organizations and boards.

In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, boating, swimming, snow skiing and traveling.

To view more information about Dr. Evans or to contact the office for your BHRT appointment, please see Dr. Evans’ profile on the SottoPelle directory: https://www.sottopelletherapy.com/doctors/linda-evans-md/

Please see Dr. Evans’ Website and Social Media:

https://premierecenters.com/
https://www.facebook.com/PremiereCenterForHealthAndWellness
https://twitter.com/PremiereCenters

Dr. Evan’s Office and Contant Information:

Linda Evans, M.D
Premiere Center for Health & Wellness
8261 Cornell Road, Suite 610
Cincinnati, Ohio 45249
513-985-0950

Stress & Nuts 

We all know about stress. Everyday something happens in your life that seems stressful. You can find an entire day, week or year consumed by stress. Are you driven mad by NUTS?


Beyond being a huge glutton of our mental time, stress is really unhealthy.

Does stress impact how we age too?

Science and studies seem to indicate it does.
“Chronic stress accelerates premature aging by shortening DNA telomeres.
Telomere length is a marker of both biological and cellular aging. Stressful life experiences in childhood and adulthood have previously been linked to accelerated telomere shortening. Shortened telomeres have been associated with chronic diseases and premature death in previous studies by Dr. Owen Wolkowitz and colleagues at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).(1)

Is All Stress Created Equal?

No, there are physical and emotional stressors and they impact you differently. Their are also instances were we self impose stress on ourself.

“Like most psychological theories, it’s gone through a few changes over the years. Experts had long believed that the Zeigarnik effect was the brain’s way of prompting its owner to finish a task, nagging the mind to wrap up what had been started. But recent research has found that the Zeigarnik effect is a little more specific than that.
“(The) unconscious is asking the conscious mind to make a plan,” write Roy Baumeister and John Tierney in Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength. “The unconscious mind apparently can’t do this on its own, so it nags the conscious mind to make a plan with specifics like time, place, and opportunity. Once the plan is formed, the unconscious can stop nagging the conscious mind with reminders.”
Sounds great, right? It’s like a built-in to-do-list, no iPhone note required. But here’s the thing: That constant mental nagging can seriously drain you after a while.”(2)

To Recap “stress comes in two basic flavors, physical and emotional — and both can be especially taxing for older people. The impacts of physical stress are clear. As people reach old age, wounds heal more slowly and colds become harder to shake. A 75-year-old heart can be slow to respond to the demands of exercise. And when an 80-year-old walks into a chilly room, it will take an extra-long time for her body temperature to adjust.

Emotional stress is more subtle, but if it’s chronic, the eventual consequences can be as harmful. At any age, stressed-out brains sound an alarm that releases potentially harmful hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. Ideally, the brain turns down the alarm when stress hormones get too high.
Stress hormones provide energy and focus in the short term, but too much stress over too many years can throw a person’s system off-balance. Overloads of stress hormones have been linked to many health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and weakened immune function. For older people already at heightened risk for these illnesses, managing stress is particularly important.

Over time, the brain can slowly lose its skills at regulating hormone levels. As a result, older people who feel worried or anxious tend to produce larger amounts of stress hormones, and the alarm doesn’t shut down as quickly. According to a study published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, women are especially susceptible to an overload of stress hormones as they age. The study found that the impact of age on cortisol levels is nearly three times stronger for women than for men.

The flow of stress hormones can be especially hard on older brains in general. According to a report from the University of California at San Francisco, extra cortisol over the years can damage the hippocampus, a part of the brain that’s crucial for storing and retrieving memories. Several studies have found that high cortisol goes hand in hand with poor memory, so we might be able to chalk up certain “senior moments” to stress.”(3)

How Can We Combat Stress?

Some studies indicate that having multiple major life events in a year can create advanced aging. So in a case like mine where a parent passed, sick spouse and selling a home does that mean I will age faster?

I don’t think anyone can tell you for sure as aging is associated with many factors like genetics, environment and balanced lifestyle.

You can offset some of the detrimental effects of stress with the help of friends, family, strong support networks, and strategies for coping with stress.

Reduce your NUTS!!

Yes, humor is great for reducing stress so hopefully your smiling now. Nagging Unfinished Tasks (NUT) are all the unfinished things we perceive or think about that just rent space on our brain and have an impact on our stress level.

“Dr. Oz says they are “often very simple to fix but if you never get around to them, NUTs create a subtle underlying angst that can undermine your health.” Author Jack Canfield calls them “messes and incompletes” and says they “rob us of valuable attention units”.
This variety, these Nagging Unfinished Tasks, are most definitely NOT good for us. They cause not only mental stress, but eventual physical stress. Who needs ‘em?!

Well, unfortunately, I bet we all got ‘em. Those hanger-on projects, tasks, and to-do’s that just seem to never go away. They are those uninteresting, challenging, boring, tedious little things we simply don’t want to do.

So how to handle them and move on to and make room for the things we DO want to do?

Here are some ideas:
Use a simple time management principle: “Do it, Delegate it, Delay it, or Dump it”. The moment you’ve got a task in mind to add to your to-do’s, make a decision on what to do with it… right then and there. Maybe it doesn’t even need to go on the list.(4)

Have stress-reducing techniques on hand. Try meditation, humor or exercise. I love taking a drive and listening to music or going for a great foot massage. Find your comfort zone – a place, person or activity that brings you comfort.

Age well – stress less!!

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(1)https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-athletes-way/201404/emotional-distress-can-speed-cellular-aging
(2) https://advice.shinetext.com/articles/the-zeigarnik-effect-is-your-best-new-motivation-hack/
(3)https://consumer.healthday.com/encyclopedia/aging-1/age-health-news-7/aging-and-stress-645997.html
(4)http://www.debbielousberg.com/soapbox-blog/nuts/