Aging Mothers-Adult Daughters: Dreams of Chocolate

Just about everyone dreams of eating chocolate. Well, not everyone. My husband is someone who really doesn’t care for it that much. But recent research brings some interesting news for the rest of us — a little indulgence may be OK.

According to an August 16, 2010 study, Chocolate Intake and Incidence of Heart Failure: a Population-Based, Prospective Study of Middle-Aged and Elderly  Women (that would mean senior moms and adult daughters), moderate habitual chocolate consumption is “associated with a lower rate of HF [heart failure] hospitalization or death.” The study, led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (affiliated with Harvard Medical School) and published by Circulation: Heart Failure, examined the diets and heart failure outcomes of more than 31,000 women between the ages of 48 and 83 over nine years.

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Aging Moms, Boomer Daughters, and Granddaughters: Estrogen?

Many of our aging moms took estrogen for significant periods, and many adult daughters — like me — have taken estrogen and then stopped and started and stopped again. Some boomer adult women continue to take the medication. I keep hearing from older women, including my mom, that they did not feel as good after stopping estrogen (Read this Mayo Clinic article about pros and cons.), commenting about things such as sharpness, energy, and general well-being. I know I feel different when I am taking some variation of the medication. Cynthia Gorney’s article, The Estrogen Dilemma, in the April 12, 2010 New York Times Magazine, presents current surmises about estrogen, its possibilities as a medication, and scientists’ rethinking about who should be taking it. In essence, our mothers were the experimenters, and though they may not have known it at the time their legacy may benefit their daughters and granddaughters. How much will we be able to learn and benefit from our mothers’ estrogen experiences?
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