Dr. Nancy Snyderman's Guide to Good Health: What Every Forty-Plus Woman Should Know about Her Changing Body

Dr. Nancy Snyderman's Guide to Good Health: What Every Forty-Plus Woman Should Know about Her Changing Body

by Nancy L. Snyderman, Margaret Blackstone
     
 

It's undeniable. Your body is changing. It's no longer responding the way you expect, the way it always has in the past. You're starting to worry about heart disease, osteoporosis, even menopause. Your old methods for dealing with issues like skin care or sexuality are no longer quite so effective. That old biological clock keeps steadily ticking away. And yet you don…  See more details below

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It's undeniable. Your body is changing. It's no longer responding the way you expect, the way it always has in the past. You're starting to worry about heart disease, osteoporosis, even menopause. Your old methods for dealing with issues like skin care or sexuality are no longer quite so effective. That old biological clock keeps steadily ticking away. And yet you don't feel as old as society seems to think you are. You're still full of sass and vitality, barely middle-aged. But all those minor aches, persistent pains, chronic diseases, and numerous other conditions of your over-forty body demand attention. Are you overreacting to them? Or are you underplaying their importance? Dr. Nancy Snyderman knows exactly what you're going through. She is a practicing physician, the medical correspondent for ABC-TV's Good Morning America, and, most important, a woman. At age forty-three, she is the mother of three young children. She's asked all the questions about your changing health that you have. And now she's written a book that contains all the answers. As a doctor she has an intimate knowledge of the current medical system. As a female patient, she knows what you want from that system. And as a news correspondent, she knows the system's greatest strengths and its greatest weaknesses. Dr. Nancy Snyderman's Guide to Good Health is a groundbreaker, brimming with wit, personality, and authority, and sprinkled with anecdotes from Dr. Snyderman's life. If you are a woman over forty years of age and you want to get the most out of a medical system that isn't custom-designed for you, this book will show you how.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Snyderman, Good Morning America's medical correspondent, is a 40-plus woman whose history includes miscarriages, a midlife pregnancy, the blues and divorce. She shares personal background as well as professional expertise in this frank and friendly guide for mature women who want to understand their bodies and take charge of their health. Offered is solid, straightforward information about heart disease (the number one killer of women); cancer; pregnancy, menopause and other reproductive concerns; and numerous chronic conditions of aging. Brief sections on mental health, nutrition, exercise, living wills and various forms of alternative medicine are also included. Addressing all manner of bodily concerns with sensitivity and verve, Snyderman urges women to become knowledgeable and proactive about their well-being. Ample references to further sources of information add to the book's usefulness in helping women do just that. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Snyderman, a surgeon and medical correspondent for Good Morning America and Day & Date, has compiled a well-balanced book on health issues affecting women after age 40. These include heart disease and cancer (the leading causes of death in older women), sexuality, menopause, chronic diseases, mental health, and proper healthcare maintenance. From hypertension to depression, the differences and inequalities between men and women in their medical treatment are also highlighted. Although a bit repetitive, these chapters are succinct and easy to read. Snyderman arms the reader with practical information: signs and symptoms, myths, treatment, prevention, and questions to ask the doctor. Although there are other good books on the subject (notably the more comprehensive The New Ourselves, Growing Older, LJ 6/1/94), Snyderman's medical viewpoint is valuable, and her high profile will attract readers. The "Health Resource Appendix" is not as comprehensive as one might like (important organizations and associations such as RESOLVE are not listed), and a glossary of terms would have been helpful. Recommended for general health collections. (Index not seen.)-Lisa A. Errico-Cox, Nassau Community Coll., Garden City, N.Y.
Whitney Scott
"Good Morning, America"'s medical correspondent has created a health manual addressing women's health needs at a time when a woman's body normally undergoes rapid change. "The" change--menopause--is really just one; cancer and osteoporosis can be others. Snyderman details heart health and disease; cancer; pregnancy, childbirth, and sexuality; menopause; and normal aging's impact on skin, teeth, hands, eyes, and urinary, digestive, and reproductive organs. Particularly interesting is the section on the chronic and progressive disorders many American women routinely endure: allergies, anemia, sinus problems, arthritis, lupus, obesity, varicose veins, cystitis, chronic pain, etc. She gives separate attention to alcoholism, drug abuse, and cigarette use, emphasizing that "there is no other single habit responsible for more degenerative conditions and eventual deaths than cigarette smoking." A handy and useful reference.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688129798
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Pages:
429
Product dimensions:
6.43(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.47(d)

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