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Sheryl Kraft is a freelance writer, blogger and essayist, specializing in women's health, wellness, fitness and spa travel. Her articles and essays have been published in print and online markets including AARP, Prevention, Weight Watchers, Woman's Day, Westchester Magazine, Brain Child, IVillage, YahooShine!, HealthyWomen.org, Grandparents.com, Bottom Line/Health and more. She blogs about health and life at midlife at www.healthywomen.org/womentalk/blog/midlife-matters and www.mysocalledmidlife.net.

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8 Surprising Ways To Lower Your Diabetes Risk

(3) Comments | Posted May 17, 2014 | 6:23 AM

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com

The most common form of diabetes, Type 2 (once called adult-onset or non-insulin-dependent diabetes), affects 90-95 percent of the 26 million Americans with diabetes. But a diabetes diagnosis isn't inevitable, according to Gayl J. Canfield, PhD, RD, Director of Nutrition Research at Pritikin Longevity Center...

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Why I'll Never Win a Blogging Award

(1) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 10:47 AM

While watching the Oscar awards last week, I got to thinking. There are so many fabulously talented actors and actresses, directors and producers, animators and screenwriters out there. There are so many others behind the scenes who I don't even know about or will never quite understand what it is...

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Erectile Dysfunction: 6 Things That Ruin Men's Sex Lives

(2) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 2:42 PM

Sheryl Kraft, Everyday Health

What’s really to blame when a man has trouble getting an erection? Common triggers such as stress and anxiety or health issues like high blood pressure, diabetes, or treatment for prostate cancer immediately come to mind. But research shows that...

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I Surrender!

(2) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 1:55 PM

Seems that in this so-called midlife, I've been fighting surrender on a lot of fronts. Lately, I've been at the losing end.

For instance, I have a bum left knee. I first realized something was wrong a little over 10 years ago, while visiting Paris. It was my first European...

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On Being a Mother

(6) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 9:49 AM

The other day, my firstborn son had a birthday. Long ago (although now it doesn't seem all that long ago), when people warned me how fast it goes -- how before I turn around, my baby will be all grown up ("they grow up so fast!" were the words I...

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10 Ways To Find (Or Not Find) The Perfect Gym

(10) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 5:59 AM

Since moving to a new town, I've been on a mission.

I'm in the market for a new gym. Yes, my building has one (that's one perk of living in an apartment). But sometimes it's not enough (since I work from home, I need an excuse to actually leave the...

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7 Surprising Dos And Don'ts For Drinking Water

(146) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 6:06 AM

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com

For a long time, we've been led to believe we need to drink 8 cups of water a day, but “this number doesn’t come from any research,” says Riana Pryor, who specializes in heat and hydration research at the Korey Stringer Institute at the University...

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Thanksgiving Thanks for a Healthy Life

(4) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 4:20 PM

Each Thanksgiving, we have a tradition in my family (aside from the usual feast of turkey and stuffing and assorted other foods): Before we begin our meal, we take turns going around the table and each say a few words about what we are especially thankful for. We've been doing...

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How Not to Forget

(8) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 1:51 PM

Up until about the age of 6, I never went anywhere without my beloved, bedraggled stuffed teddy bear; my stand-in for a security blanket. It didn't matter that its once-white coat had turned a pallid shade of gray, nor that its once-robust, shapely body became a sagging hint of what...

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50 Things I've Learned In 50-Something Years

(83) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 7:20 AM

Soon, I'll be turning 50-something.

There's no point in denying so-called aging -- it's something I wasn't always convinced I'd be here to witness -- but I can't help getting my real age number stuck in my throat when I have to actually say it. It kind of reminds me...

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Flu Shots: What You Need to Know

(17) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 6:42 AM

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com

It's that time of year—flu shot season. But before you head to your doctor, pharmacy, or clinic to get your annual flu shot, know that this year, flu shots have changed—you now have a choice between the types of vaccine you prefer.

First,...

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The Freezer That Rang And Other Tales Of Memory Loss

(13) Comments | Posted July 27, 2013 | 8:06 AM

I once knew a woman who told me she took away her son's cell phone to punish him -- and then ended up having to buy a new one because she couldn't remember where she hid it. I thought it odd at the time; after all, how could you possibly...

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Empty Nest Redux: Saying Goodbye to the Family Home

(1) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 2:05 PM

I always thought that baby birds migrated with their families, living happily ever after in a flock of friendship and closeness. Alas, that was a mere fantasy of mine.

Most birds separate after the nesting season is over. Once the young birds do leave the nest, they are completely...

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Saying Goodbye to All That

(7) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 2:50 PM

There are two different schools of thought regarding so-called aging.
Those who say they hate it are fond of saying things like:

Aging is not for sissies
Aging sucks
Aging is tough
Aging is a *&%$&*! struggle

And then there are those who:

Embrace aging
...

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What Midlife Women Want Doctors To Know

(30) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 5:15 AM

Dear Doctor (that includes any other health professional who is caring for me!)

This is a rather confusing time in my life; in fact, it's almost like being a teenager all over again (minus the wonderfully un-saggy skin and quick metabolism). My hormones are shifting. My body is changing. I'm...

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Why I Chose To Have A Prophylactic Mastectomy

(68) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 12:39 PM

Angelina Jolie was not the only one to choose a prophylactic mastectomy.

I did, too -- but for different reasons.. (Thank you, Angelina, for making it public. You've given me the courage to write about it for the very first time).

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer almost 25...

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