There is a lot of health information or "Web Resources" freely available on the internet. A Web Resource is any item you find online that you can watch, read, listen to, or interact with, such as videos, fact sheets and online quizzes. Many resources are consumer-friendly, but it's often difficult to know which ones have credible information, based on scientific research.
Web Resource Ratings do the homework for you, assessing the quality of the information available online and presenting our assessment using a 5-star rating scale.
Regular physical activity lowers the risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. If you're new to being physically active or want to increase your activity level, start slow and build your way up, don't be disheartened, set achievable goals, engage in exercises you enjoy, and incorporate strength training into your routine.
Thinning, drying and inflammation of the vaginal walls is known as vaginal atrophy, and generally occurs after menopause due to decreased levels of estrogen. Vaginal atrophy is accompanied by urinary symptoms and painful intercourse. The term Genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM) is used to refer to this combination of issues. Over-the-counter treatments, such as vaginal moisturizers or water-based lubricants, topical estrogens, and vaginal dilators are a few treatment options for GSM.
The sudden feeling of warmth on the face, chest, neck, and other areas of the upper body is known as a hot flash. Hot flashes are often caused by menopause. Factors such as race, obesity, and smoking increase the risk of experiencing hot flashes. Treatment options include hormone therapy, antidepressants, and other prescription medications. Lifestyle changes such as keeping cool, avoiding spicy food, carbonated beverages, and alcohol, reducing stress, and quitting smoking can also help manage hot flashes.
Estrogen protects bones. Estrogen and progesterone levels begin to decrease when a woman enters menopause. One cause of osteoporosis is decreased estrogen levels. To combat the development of osteoporosis speak with your health care provider about supplements, options for prescription medication and injectable bone-building agents, adding strength training to your exercise routine, and hormone replacement therapy.
Cannabinoids are chemicals found in cannabis. Cannabinoids can help relieve nausea and/or vomiting caused by cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation. Cannabis use may result in negative side effects such as dry mouth, sensory changes, increased blood pressure, and issues with memory and concentration. More research is needed to establish cannabis or cannabinoids as cancer treatments.
We don't rate every resource we find on the web that relates to optimal aging. In some cases, entire health-related websites are excluded from what to evaluate in detail. In order to be rated, a Web Resource must:
If you cannot find a website or Web Resource that you are looking for, check out our list of excluded websites. If you still can’t find it, let us know; we may have missed it!
DISCLAIMER: Web Resource Ratings are provided for informational purposes only and to facilitate discussions with your healthcare providers, family members, or informal care givers. They are not a substitute for advice from your own health care professionals. The Portal is not responsible for the content of external websites, nor is it an endorsement of that website or the site’s owners (or their products/services). The Web Resource Ratings may be reproduced for not-for-profit educational purposes only. Any other uses must be approved by the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal (firstname.lastname@example.org).