If you’re a woman, your menstrual cycle is regular
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“Regular menstrual cycles (intervals of 27 to 35 days) are a sign of reproductive health. [They] suggest normal ovulation, and that reflects balanced hormone levels from the brain down to the ovaries. Women who are unhealthy because they’re overweight or underweight tend to have more erratic or even absent periods; the brain shuts down ovarian function and ovulation doesn’t happen or happens unpredictably.” —Janet Choi, MD, reproductive endocrinologist, CCRM-New York. To make sure you’ve got the best information for your reproductive health, these are the 22 health myths gynecologists want you to ignore.
You have thick hair and strong nails
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“Thick abundant hair and firm, fast growing nails tend to be a sign of good health. The opposite: thinning hair, brittle or cracked nails, are often a sign of marked nutritional deficiencies such as lack of iron, vitamin D, and other key [nutrients].” —Arielle Levitan, MD, founder of Vous Vitamin, LLC. There’s plenty you can do to take charge of your well-being, so here are 16 medical facts every doctor and nurse wants you to know.