The fifth episode of ‘The Last Dance’ alludes to the 1989 Senate elections, in which Jordan refused to support the African-American Gantt, from South Carolina, before Helms, accused of racism.
‘The Last Dance’.
Michael Jordan against the world
Harvey Gantt He had the opportunity to become the first African American in South Carolina to become United States senator. It was 1989 and the southern part of the country was still oozing racism. His rival was the deceased Jesse Helms, a historic, conservative Republican senator who had stood against making Martin Luther King’s death ‘national day’ and who used every possible reference to race during the campaign, including a controversial ad in which he alluded to the ‘race quota’ whereby an African American could take a job from a white man. In the clip, titled “Hands,” a white man’s hands read a letter: “You needed this job and you were the best qualified, but they have to give it to someone else for the racial fee. Is that fair?”
That choice stars in chapter five of ‘The Last Dance‘, the ESPN and Netflix documentary that narrates the career of Michael Jordan and the dynasty of the Chicago Bulls, with special attention to the last year that the ’23’ played together, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman, the 1998 season. Within an extensive episode, which also narrates the context of one of the first confrontations between Jordan and Kobe BryantIn addition to the presence of the North American ‘Dream Team’ at the Barcelona 92 Olympic Games, the non-intervention of Michael, raised in South Carolina, in the Senate elections in which Gantt participated.
In 1989, even though he had not yet been able to reach the NBA FinalsJordan was already one of the world’s best-known athletes. His billionaire contract with Nike put him in the spotlight of thousands of capitals worldwide and everyone wanted to be like him, so it is to be expected that a speech, a phrase or an announcement in favor of Gantt could decant the elections towards him. . But it was not so. Michael was never a supporter of the African American politician, despite his mother’s insistence: “My mother asked me to speak up for Harvey, and I said, ‘Mom, I’m not going to talk about someone I don’t know, but I will send a contribution to your campaign,’ “the escort explains in the documentary.
Jordan paid, but did not speak. The only phrase that became famous at that time and that still resonates in every political debate in which the player is present is “republicans also buy sneakersThe phrase is real? “There is no need to correct the phrase because I said it, but as a joke. It was on the bus, with Horace Grant and Scottie Pippen, and was totally taken out of context“Michael is justified.
Gantt lost those elections and since then Jordan accused of failing to get publicly involved in social issues so as not to lose money on the sale of sneakers and clothing, giving as an example the struggle that he always had Muhammad Ali against inequalities towards the black race. “I praise Ali for supporting these causes, but I never saw myself as an activist. I saw myself as a basketball player, not as a politician. I practiced my sport, and that’s it. Was it selfish? Can, but that’s what I focused all my effort on, “acknowledges Jordan, whom Obama also criticizes, slightly:” I would have liked to see Michael more committed, but how to handle that image? “.”Never be enough for anybody and everyone was telling me how it should be, “Jordan concludes.
Gantt appeared again in 1996 and lost again. And Jordan, already become the ultimate icon of world sport after the NBA rings, the Olympics with the Dream Team and Space Jam, limited again to financially supporting the cause. Years later, Gantt has stated that during the 1990 campaign he was not aware of all the fuss that had been caused by the absence of Jordan, to which he does not reproach him, although he believes that with his help he could have cut the 100,000 votes difference with which Helms won. “He (Jordan) was trying to build a brand, and I guess he wasn’t aware of all the implications people put on it. Also, I would feel bad if he felt compelled to do something he didn’t want to do, so it doesn’t happen. Nothing, “explains the politician to the magazine ‘Time’. “If he had had 50 years and I would have done everything in life and was aware of social problems and I was campaigning, I probably expected more from him, but I was 27 years old“he admits.
Despite age, and although times have changed, in this decade we have seen some of the world’s best-known athletes position themselves in social conflicts, such as LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony, something that surely has influenced Jordan to be a little more (just a little) activist than he was in the past, despite the fact that in his few important stars of his sport as Abdul-Jabbar or Bill Russell I know they were committed to social causes. “Michael chose sales over conscience. It is unfortunate of you, and you will have to live with it“criticized Kareem in 2015.
During the 2016 altercations criticizing police brutality against black people, and even ending with some NFL players kneeling during the broadcast of the US anthem, Jordan issued a statement and announced a donation to some of the organizations involved.
Later, in 2018, he declared that he supported LeBron James after the attack suffered by the player by Donald trump. “We should find ways to work together and support each other and not create more division,” read another 2017 statement, closer to equidistance than anything else, assuming, again, that everyone continues to buy shoes.
The offices of Google and Facebook will remain empty in 2020. Most of the employees of the two tech giants will continue to work from home until the end of the year, although the offices are expected to reopen this summer, depending on the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet (parent company of Google), told its 100,000 employees that they will no doubt work from home for the rest of 2020, according to information confirmed by Google. The boss spoke to staff Thursday at a weekly general meeting, online.
He explained that those who need to return to the office will be able to do so in June or July, using enhanced security measures. But they will be the exception.
At the end of April the group had already specified that telework would continue at least until June 1, and that the return would be “staggered” and “incremental”.
No rallies until July 2021
Same story with Facebook, according to the American media. The global social network plans to reopen its various offices from July 6. But all its employees who wish to can continue to work from home until 2021.
Facebook employed 45,000 people worldwide at the end of 2019 (not counting the thousands of workers employed by subcontractors) and plans to recruit 10,000 more to accelerate the development of its product and service offer, particularly suited to distancing measures social.
Mark Zuckerberg, the group’s boss, had already announced last month that his group would not hold rallies of more than 50 people until July 2021 at best.
The Government’s decision to postpone two more weeks – until at least May 25 – the opening of large commercial establishments puts at least 5,000 at risk jobs, as warned this Monday the employers of the Anged sector. The sector considers that the two months of closed stores, with nearly 100,000 employees in a situation of temporary employment regulation (erte) and very severe operational and liquidity problems, will cause a drop in sales in some commercial categories of between 25% and 50% this year. The security requirements that are expected in the coming months augur adjustments to the template and new ways of selling yet to be designed.
The large distribution chains assure that they are conspired to face the pandemic but disagree with the method to make economic activity more flexible, which in phase 1 foresees that only businesses of less than 400 square meters can open. “We do not share the discrimination in the reopening of stores by size that the Government has set. The health and safety reasons of employees and customers should be the only reasons that determine the reopening,” they point out in Anged, who recall that distribution companies have demonstrated in recent weeks their ability to adapt to the covid-19 outbreak. What they propose is that it be possible to open any store that meets the necessary requirements for social distancing, capacity, prevention and hygiene required by the health authority.
The employers Anged recalls that the closure of hypermarkets and shopping centers keeps a value chain blocked that generates 30,000 million euros of annual turnover for the Spanish industry and services, mostly for SMEs. Therefore, the multiplier effect of the commercial closing may be even greater.
The first oak processionary caterpillars are currently developing stinging hairs and forming nests, reports Nature Today Monday in a press release. Especially in June, when the number of nests reaches a peak, the caterpillar seems to be causing problems.
When the first nests become visible around May 20, they can be sucked away by oak processionary caterpillars. Branch organization Association of Gardeners and Landscapers (VHG) reported in early April that there is a shortage of protective clothing. This can hinder the work.
Chairman Arnold van Vliet of Nature Today says in conversation with NU.nl that those statements had no influence on the expected inconvenience. “We assume the same amount of nuisance as in previous years.”
The knowledge platform has not yet identified risk areas where the caterpillar can lead to additional problems. “It is still too early for that. Several municipalities have taken preventive measures: we do not yet know how much effect that has had.”
Each caterpillar currently carries approximately 700,000 hairs. If these spread through the air, it can lead to health problems, such as itchy bumps. Last year, 85 out of 100,000 Dutch people with such complaints went to the doctor.
Alfa Romeo lifts the top versions of Giulia (l.) And Stelvio (r.): Traditionally, these carry the addition Quadrifoglio Verde – green shamrock.
In 1923, a mechanic brushed a green shamrock onto the racing car of works driver Ugo Sivocci – who won the Targa Florio despite starting number 13.
Giulia QV and Stelvio QV can now be ordered in poison green, new and exclusive.
The center console was also redesigned with the leather-mounted shift lever of the 8-speed automatic.
Marco De Ponti
Prices start at CHF 109,900 (Stelvio QV, left) and CHF 96,900 (Giulia QV, right).
The event was already prepared: Alfa Romeo wanted to herald the start of the jubilee year with the presentation of its revised Quadrifoglio models, says European boss Arnaud Leclerc. The Italian brand was founded on June 24, 1910, so it will be 110 years old in 2020. But then came the corona crisis with lockdown. That is why it is now only presented digitally.
Otherwise we grumble when there are only new door locks or fresh colors for a major facelift. But for once it’s cool: Alfa dares to do something with the paint and has brought the old colors out of its history. The top versions of the Giulia limousine and the Stelvio SUV called Quadrifoglio Verde (QV) will therefore be available exclusively in the poison green of the legendary Alfa Montreal. The yellow shade called Ocra GT Junior or the sugar apple red of the former Alfa Romeo 6C 2500SS Villa d’Este Coupé from 1950 are just as daring.
Now Alfa is also helping
But there is also something technically possible: the much criticized infotainment is being replaced; there is now a touchscreen with a screen diagonal of around 22 centimeters. To play around with, it also displays drive data such as torque, turbo boost pressure or acceleration and tempo profiles in real time. A few years ago, assistance systems were still senseless stuff for Harald Wester, head of development at Alfa parent Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). But with the facelift, Giulia QV and Stelvio QV now also master piloted driving according to Level 2, i.e. keeping their distance and lane – but the driver must keep his hands on the wheel. An assistant now also brakes braking and restarting in traffic jams.
When it comes to propulsion, the familiar remains: the 2.9-liter V6 with two turbochargers develops 510 hp and distributes its torque to all four wheels via 8-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. It is finely distributed on the rear axle by means of so-called torque vectoring: the wheel on the outside of the curve receives a tick more drive torque for better traction in the curve. Optionally, a new Akrapovic titanium exhaust can be ordered. However, it doesn’t get any greener: Hybrid or plug-in hybrid will soon be available from the FCA sister brand Jeep and only later at Alfa Romeo. The factory consumption is 10.7 l (Giulia QV) and 11.5 l / 100 km (Stelvio QV).
The market will start as soon as the Alfa plants have fully awakened from the corona lockdown. Prices start at CHF 96,900 for the Giulia QV and CHF 109,900 for the Stelvio QV.
New study,conducted by scientists from the University of Washington Medical School in St. Louis,revealed,that gene therapy can help with obesity and build muscle without the need for additional exercise.
Follistatin is a protein that affects a number of cellular processes, including muscle proliferation. Previous animal studies have shown that gene therapy designed to enhance the expression of follistatin may inhibit the development of some degenerative muscle diseases. A new study examined whether this type of therapy can help treat osteoarthritis by increasing muscle mass and reducing the metabolic syndrome associated with obesity.
“Obesity is the most common risk factor for osteoarthritis,” explains Farsheed Gilak, lead author. “Being overweight can interfere with exercise and benefit from sports therapy.”
The study was conducted on mice. The animals were fed high-fat foods, and scientists also observed the progression of post-traumatic osteoarthritis. During the experiment, the mice received a single treatment with gene therapy, designed to increase the expression of follistatin.
As a result, specialists noticed that the animals build muscle without gaining extra weight, despite the fact that they are fed with foods high in fat and do not give physical activity higher than usual. Gene therapy markedly mitigated cartilage degeneration, inflammation of the synovial membrane associated with joint damage and osteoarthritis.
It is not the first time that treatment with follistatin has been proposed to combat human diseases. Protein is seen as a potential treatment for cancer, kidney disease, and cystic fibrosis. A first-phase human study testing the safety of gene therapy with follistatin showed that treatment does not cause any side effects, but the effectiveness at this stage is unclear.
New work suggests that such therapy generates a number of multifactorial effects, not only affecting muscle mass, but also on broad metabolic activity, which can resist the absorption of calories in high-fat diets.
The latest from Ron Gilbert arrives for free on the Steam and Epic Games Store.
Thimbleweed Park is the last thing that has left usRon Gilbert, the legendary creator of Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion, among others. It is a graphic adventure in the purest retro style that invites us to solve mysteries. One of his favorite characters,Delores, stars in a new mini adventure that has come to Steam and Epic Games completely free of charge.
We are talking about Delores: A Thimbleweed Park Mini-Adventure, a short game that emerged last March asa prototype of the main game engineand that has ended up turning into a mini graphic adventure. It has been a work that emerged from the confinement and minds of great developers, so it is definitely worth trying.
The game was created during confinement“It was quite a challenge to make this game, because we had to almost exclusively use the art of Thimbleweed Park to create all the new puzzles,” say its creators. “As a thank you to our fans, we released it for free as something you can enjoy in these strange times.You don’t have to have played Thimbleweed Park to enjoy this mini adventure(But, if you like it, why not try it? “, they add.
Thimbleweed Park is pureLucasArts, because the hand of Ron Gilbert has managed to reflect the essence of classics like Maniac Mansion in its lines of code. If you want to know our opinion about the game, you can read our analysis of Thimbleweed Park before launching yourself fully into this new mini adventure.
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New York (CNN Business) – American airline workers have largely been spared the slaughter that has brought the country’s unemployment to record levels since the coronavirus pandemic began. But those same workers – roughly 750,000 pilots, flight attendants, baggage handlers, mechanics, and others – will soon be among the most exposed to losing their jobs.
The federal bailout for the airline industry prohibited layoffs, non-voluntary leave, or cut wages for employees. But executives have been blunt about job cuts once the ban is lifted Oct. 1, with estimates that up to a third of the sector’s jobs could disappear.
Airlines have already requested that workers take voluntary unpaid or underpaid leave. Around 100,000 workers on the four largest airlines (American, United, Delta, and Southwest) have done so, equivalent to approximately 26% of the staff at those companies as of the end of 2019.
But even with that level of voluntary licensing, $ 25 billion in grants and low-interest loans from the federal bailout known as the CARES Act, airlines are bleeding millions of dollars a day. First quarter losses in the industry exceeded $ 2 billion. The second quarter will be much worse.
That’s mainly because federal aid covers only about two-thirds of overall labor costs through September, said Philip Baggaley, chief credit analyst for Standard & Poor’s airlines. He believes that 20-30% of airline jobs could be cut through acquisitions and early retirement offers, along with involuntary licenses.
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Southwest CEO Gary Kelly told CNN this week that the carrier will do “everything we can to preserve jobs.” But he noted that the federal grant money goes directly to airline employees, and does not cover the entire company payroll between now and Sept. 30.
“Today we have a lot of cash, but we consumed almost 1,000 million dollars in the month of April, for example,” he said. “Then you do the math in your head and you just can’t survive that way.”
The deep and permanent cuts in high-paying jobs found across the industry are inevitable in the fall, even if the economy has improved by then, because it is clear that air travel will take years to return to previous levels.
“Ultimately, we are likely to see between 95,000 and 105,000 jobs lost in the US airline industry,” said Helane Becker, an airline analyst at financial services firm Cowen.
Airlines are experiencing heavy losses now, in part because they cannot suspend or downsize more deeply despite their flight schedules, though passenger traffic has essentially dropped to zero.
“Our itinerary is down 90%. And we plan to keep it at that level until we start to see a recovery in demand, ”said United President Scott Kirby. “If demand continues to decline significantly on October 1, we simply will not be able to bear this crisis as a company without implementing some of the most difficult and painful actions. These include involuntary licensing decisions, further hours reductions, as well as other actions that will have an immediate impact on our people and their livelihoods. ”
United this week told many of its non-union workers, the airline’s 11,500 administrative and administrative employees, that it plans to cut that staff by at least 30% on October 1. It was the most detailed forecast to date in job cuts for any other airline.
The carrier also ordered those non-union employees to take 20 unpaid days off from now until September 30. JetBlue ordered its salaried personnel to take 24 unpaid days during the same period. Both airlines say those days off equate to reduced hours, which are allowed by the CARES Act, not involuntary job cuts.
But unions that fought with management to pass the CARES Act have opposed some of the airlines’ cost-cutting measures. The Machinists Union, which represents 27,000 ground workers at United, including baggage handlers and customer service personnel, filed a federal lawsuit this week to prevent United from reducing its members’ hours by 10 hours a week. .
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United backed down and made the hours cut voluntary rather than mandatory, although he said he could still institute mandatory cuts if there aren’t enough volunteers. The company insists that reduced hours are allowed by the CARES Law and its employment contracts.
Even without a layoff ban, airlines would not cut employment as deeply as they have cut their hours, S&P’s Baggaley said.
“They couldn’t reduce those levels and have a viable airline on the other side,” he said.
A moment of great changes and upheavals which, however, can be adequately addressed, with targeted measures and therapies. The advice of the gynecologist Rossella Nappi to enter this new hormonal structure with less jolts
Menopause is, for many women, a nightmare. Gynecologists call this delicate phase “menopausal transition” and they divide it into three moments: premenopause (which begins with the first signs of cycle anarchy), perimenopause (the hardest part) and postmenopause. But is there a way to live this important event in a less traumatic way? According to the gynecologist Rossella Nappi there are several tricks and therapies that can help women get into this new hormonal structure with less jolts. In his book “On the crest of the wave. Ride the menopause storm to live well, fit, long ” (Fabbri Editori, an extract to read available on Amazon) reminds that menopause in the medical-scientific field is called “climacteric”, a word that derives from the Greek and that means “step”. And what is a step, if not a passage to be overcome to have access to something new? In the manual, therefore, Nappi proposes above all to change perspective and see menopause as a moment of transition from one phase of life to another, aware that it is certainly not a simple thing.
First of all, it is good to specify that not all women experience menopause in the same way. Some have few symptoms and are the ones that are less affected by hormonal deficits, showing better resistance to change. Consequently, they bear it better on a psychological, relational and social level. Others may have severe, early and prolonged symptoms which are not good for health. For all, prevention is still fundamental, especially after the age of 50, when you have to stay alert on the metabolic, cardiovascular, bone, oncological, emotional and cognitive aspects.
For us women, nature provides for important changes and changes dictated by hormones, with the aim of responding perfectly to the biological demands of motherhood. Estrogens are linked to the female energy charge, the one that activates our biological machine at the cellular level; progesterone brings calm and protection, providing the necessary conditions for fertilization and dampening or balancing the action of estrogen, for example to protect a possible pregnancy; androgens are the messengers of strength, directly responsible for desire, excitement and sexual pleasure. The virtuous and balanced action of the various families of sex hormones contributes to a balance from which well-being or malaise, health and disease derive in all phases of a woman’s life.
There is no case like the other
Both for the specificity of the symptoms, and because each patient represents a world in itself, there is no case like the other and it is not possible to outline a therapy valid for all. However, every woman, together with her gynecologist or gynecologist, can find her way to “stay on the crest of the wave even when the sea is rough”, as the author writes. There is therefore talk of hormone replacement therapy (Tos), alternative therapeutic strategies and virtuous lifestyles.
Should we be wary of Tos?
The gynecologist author of the book, Rossella Nappi, wonders why hormone-based drugs are often seen as harmful. The answer that is given comes from the past. “Once upon a time,” he explains, “hormonal drugs were based on massive dosages and on much less advanced molecules than those of today, which were associated with many side effects. But things have changed, the drugs have been perfected to give the best in terms of efficiency and effectiveness, keeping the dosage as low as possible “. The expert finds a significant difference: when hormonal therapies are prescribed to treat disorders such as acne and painful menstruation, to face gynecological diseases such as fibroids, ovarian cysts and endometriosis or to promote pregnancy with assisted procreation, the use of therapy hormonal is welcomed; while when it comes to contraceptive hormones or hormonal therapies for menopause the perception changes and the choice is judged as a whim. In these cases, it seems that the imperative to go along with nature outweighs the benefits linked to the progress made by culture and medical science, “writes Nappi. “Prescribing hormones is not like cheering on a football team. We gynecologists do not divide between Tos supporters and detractors, lined up in the stands for the menopause derby, “writes the specialist. “Our task is to carry out a weighted risk-benefit assessment, based on the characteristics of the woman facing us.” Nappi explains that there is no reason to feel at fault if you resort to Tos to obtain the necessary benefits in the short and long term.
Menopause without hormones
For those who cannot or do not need to resort to Tos there are alternative remedies, which provide for the use of supplements, phytotherapy products and nutraceutical formulations. Proposals that rarely appear validated by the scientific literature and only in a few cases show tangible efficacy, that is, significantly more evident than a placebo. For example, the action of phytotherapics for the treatment of hot flashes does not have the same effect and the same effectiveness on all women. There are also alternative pharmacological solutions: for example, some psychoactive substances may be useful for hot flashes, which at the same time treat the vasomotor symptoms and the depression, anxiety and headache that often accompany menopause.
There are good practices that, without pretending to replace drugs and therapies, can positively support treatments. Limiting the use of caffeine, minimizing the consumption of alcohol and spirits, abolishing cigarette consumption are three decisive steps to contain vasomotor symptoms. Keeping the body active is also essential: Nordic walking, trekking, cross-country skiing, fast walking, swimming, dancing, pilates, yoga, martial arts and functional training are very valid disciplines. To find thepsycho-physical balance there are other remedies that we can rely on, suggests Nappi in his book, such as acupuncture, reflexology, massage therapy, osteopathy and awareness and meditation techniques. “Consolidating the power of the mind-body unit through alternative or supplementary pathways is, moreover, a non-pharmacological approach very useful in many clinical conditions,” writes the gynecologist.
Healthy and balanced diet
Nutrition can play in our favor. It is important to consume an adequate amount of fresh fruit and seasonal vegetables every day; limit simple sugars and increase the intake of complex carbohydrates and proteins of non-animal origin (such as cereals or legumes); take small portions of pasta or rice; reduce the flow of saturated fats (such as butter and cheeses); decrease the weekly portions of red meat (especially if preserved, as in sausages); enhance olive oil and seed oil as seasonings and cooking fats; prefer white meat and fish (rich in “good” Omega fats); do not overlook the role of foods containing antioxidants (such as almonds and walnuts); indulge in a glass of wine every now and then (preferably red). There are also some foods rich in nature of phytoestrogens, that is, of substances of plant origin that perform an action similar to that of estrogen: soybeans can provide relief for hot flashes; sage and flax seeds, thanks to their content of isoflavones (natural compounds of plant origin) which, although less powerful than the hormones produced by the ovary, exert a mild estrogenic action that varies from woman to woman. Other good food practices recommended by the expert include the reduction of salt, a diet rich in raw vegetables and an abundant consumption of water.
Menopause, instructions for use symptom by symptom
flushes. The first tip of the gynecologist Rossella Nappi is to keep a diary in which to document the frequency; dress in layers, with light colors and natural fiber clothing; even at night it is good to prefer cotton or linen garments and linen and sheets in breathable fabrics; both in summer and in winter it is good to keep a towel close to sweat and a light blanket or a spare quilt to cope with the cooling after the flushing; another good habit is to take care of the environments in which we live, airing them frequently and avoiding too high temperatures; keep away from direct heat sources and avoid too hot baths; equip yourself with a fan or vaporizer ready in your handbag to cool down; Finally, limit the consumption of caffeine, minimize that of alcohol and spirits and abolish cigarette smoking. In case of medium-severe symptoms, good practices may not be enough. Hormone replacement therapy, drugs that exploit the molecules used in the treatment of anxiety and depression, phytotherapeutic remedies such as isoflavones, hop flowers, resveratol, racemic cimicifuga and cytoplasmic pollen extract complexed with vitamin E (recommended in case of mild and medium symptoms).
SLEEP DISORDERS. A virtuous habit to sleep well is to avoid the use of computers, tablets and cellphones before sleeping; also the visualization and relaxation techniques can be very useful, allowing to reach a state of deep quiet; as in the case of hot flashes, eliminating cigarette smoke and limiting alcohol consumption are two important indications; avoid eating large meals before going to bed; resorting to melatonin as a supplement can be a good way to combat insomnia; doing physical activity is good, but not just before bed.
HOLES OF MEMORY. When you find it hard to remember things, you often have moments of confusion and the feeling of having your brain wrapped in fog is a good practice is writing things not to forget on paper or tablet; it is important to keep your mind trained with riddles and crossword puzzles, memory and sudoku; physical activity is also good for brain activity: “mens sana in corpore sano”, recalls the gynecologist.
MOOD DISORDERS. Going to the psychotherapist at this stage of life can be a valuable aid in processing the menopause event. Psychoactive molecules can bring benefits on mood, at the same time countering hot flashes; some nutraceutical products can also help, such as ginseng, maca, herbs, magnesium, valerian, Agnocasto and passionflower; breathing and relaxation techniques can also be supportive of irritability and anxiety.
HEADACHE. Beyond the specific drugs, there are some precautions that can be taken to get better. Relaxation techniques, acupuncture sessions and breathing exercises can be useful for tension headaches; as in the case of hot flashes, it is a good practice to keep a diary to understand the duration, intensity and frequency of ailments.
INTIMATE DISORDERS. In menopause the female genital system undergoes physiological downsizing. The tissues and organs become thinner, become smaller, lose the conditions of elasticity and hydration. “The magic word should be relax,” writes the gynecologist, “but between saying and doing there is the sea.” In this phase, the first rule is to deal with the partner or partner is essential: communicating what happens serves to find a balance and an understanding that go beyond the sexual act itself. The second rule is to rethink one’s sexual life in the light of changes in menopause, while the third is to take action to maintain the well-being of the uro-genital tissues, fighting dryness with lubricants, intimate detergents and specific products to rebalance the vaginal environment. There are also formulations that combine the action of hyaluronic acid with substances with a moisturizing and restructuring action, such as vitamin E. There are also hormonal treatments, such as estrogen-based therapies or molecules that behave as such.
INCONTINENCE. The first suggestion of the gynecologist is to contact competent professionals in the field of urogynecology, reconstructive gynecological surgery and proctology. “The goal is to implement the most appropriate strategies to improve the quality of life and the sense of daily well-being of every woman,” writes Nappi. Regular physical activity, with exercises aimed at perception of the pelvic floor and strengthening muscle tone in the abdominal region, also plays a preventive role with respect to cases of prolapse.
DESIRE DECREASE. It is important to work on building a new identity. Beyond nutraceutical products that have shown a stimulating action on the level of sexual desire, such as maca, ginseng, tribulus and damiana, the gynecologist could consider androgen therapy, with the prescription of testosterone, from alone or in association with Tos. Oral therapy based on dehydroepiandrosterone, an androgenic precursor that acts only inside the tissues, is another possibility to consider, today there is also a vaginal formulation that can improve sexual response.
TOO MUCH. The lack of estrogen amplifies the stimulus of hunger and the metabolism in menopause is a little slower than in the past. That’s why losing weight is difficult. That’s why it is important to maintain a correct lifestyle. “A varied diet, rich in fiber and low in fat, which prefers whole grains, seasonal fruits and vegetables, reducing the intake of red meat and preserved foods is an excellent starting point,” writes Nappi. In addition, other healthy habits are limiting alcohol and carbonated drinks and walking every day for at least 30 minutes.
SKIN AND SURROUNDINGS. The hormonal deficiencies of menopause are the basis of the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, superficial capillaries, dull skin, flaky face and relaxation of the tissues, which become softer. “To take care of us it is good to use detergents, such as creams and specific treatments for mature skin, exploiting the benefits of some anti-aging active ingredients (such as hyaluronic acid and lactic acid), very useful for their repairing, moisturizing and elasticizing action”, advises the expert.
ARTICOLAR PAINS To get better, without exaggerating with the loads, it is good to practice physical activity, to support and strengthen the muscle mass that surrounds and protects the joints, combining moderate strengthening exercises with stretching and stretching exercises, aimed at maintaining elasticity and the functionality of the movement. Some nutraceutical products can also help, such as the devil’s claw, boswelia or spirea or other molecules characterized by a repairing and supportive action on cartilages, such as supplements based on hyaluronic acid, collagen, glucosamine.
BONE HEALTH. At this stage of life it is essential to keep calcium and vitamin D at high levels, to preserve the existing bone mass, with the awareness that we will no longer be able to count on the production of new bone. Practicing regular physical activity is another winning solution to stimulate and maintain healthy skeletal functions.
HEART. The first alarm bells can start from perimenopause, taking the form of hypertension, increased bad cholesterol, raised triglycerides, blood sugar and insulin, with a greater chance of developing diabetes. Neglecting these conditions can lead to angina (chest pain sensations that anticipate heart failure), heart failure, heart attack, stroke and thrombosis. Prevention is the key word, through a balanced diet, the right amount of good fatty acids and nutraceutical substances, such as red rice, berberine, white mulberry, cocoa polyphenols, inositol and lipoic acid.