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Survey: Bladder health concerns impact 13 million U.S. women

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — Nearly 13 million American women with sensitive bladders say their bladder leaks make them feel about nine years older than they actually are, according to a new IPSOS survey from Procter & Gamble’s Always Discreet.
 
For National Bladder Health Awareness Month, Always Discreet is on a mission to educate women about this health topic, normalize the conversation and help women feel protected and more confident. 
 
“With age comes wisdom and experience, but it can also include new and unexpected signs of growing older that can impact your body and life,” stated Barbara Hannah Grufferman, positive aging expert and author of "The Best of Everything After 50." “National Bladder Health Awareness Month is a great time for women of all ages to assess their needs and learn how to manage their sensitive bladders.”
 
As many as one in three women with sensitive bladders do not use any protection products. But for most women with sensitive bladders (72%) who do use bladder protection say they feel more confident because of these products. 
 
The survey also found that a third of women with sensitive bladders (33%) admit they lack the confidence to wear the clothes they want and that they tend to wear dark colored clothing or loose clothing on their bottom half and 26% of women with sensitive bladders admit their condition impacts their happiness.
 
The Always Discreet survey shows that most women with sensitive bladders (74%) have not spoken to a health professional about experiencing leaks. Always Discreet recommends that women keep a diary to help the doctor uncover any patterns as women seek the care they deserve.
 
“By teaming up with Always Discreet, I want to ensure all women have the confidence to talk to their health care professionals about their bladder health, and are inspired to feel youthful and energized about life, no matter what changes happen to their bodies, and this starts by using the right protection,” Grufferman said. 
 
The survey was conducted using the IPSOS Panel that surveyed 400 American Women between the ages of 35 to 65 years old, including one group of 200 women who have experienced any urine loss/bladder weakness in the past three months and one group of 200 women who had not experienced bladder weakness. 
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Sahale Snacks introduces 4 new layered nut bar flavors

BY Michael Johnsen

ORRVILLE, Ohio — Sahale Snacks, makers of nut blends and mixes, is introducing four new flavors across its line of layered nut bars. 
 
“Sahale Snacks offers innovative nut and fruit mix ingredient combinations that make every snacking experience a moment to savor,” Maribeth Burns, VP corporate communications of the J.M. Smucker Company said. “We're delighted to have Sahale Snacks as part of The J.M. Smucker Company family of brands and to introduce unique offerings like the new layered nut bars.”
 
Sahale Snacks’ layered nut bars are Non-GMO Project Verified and contain no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Each bar provides 5 to 7 g. of protein. The four new flavor combinations include dark chocolate peanut, salted caramel apple pecan, almond vanilla latte and cinnamon pecan. 
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Nordic Naturals brings ultra-concentrated omega-3 oil to market

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WATSONVILLE, Calif. – Nordic Naturals has added Omega ONE, a once-daily omega-3 fish oil supplement, to its product portfolio. Omega ONE is formulated using Nordic Naturals' exclusive, new, ultra-concentrated omega-3 oil. This oil combines 80% EPA+DHA concentration with 90+% triglyceride form for optimal potency and absorption.
 
It's smaller than the average fish oil soft gel, and Nordic Naturals' patented flavoring process and natural citrus essence give it a light, lemon taste with no fish burps. Omega ONE is in the natural triglyceride form, which research shows is better absorbed and utilized by the body than synthetic ethyl ester fish oils.
 
"There are still many people who are just learning about fish oil and its many health benefits," stated Aimée Shunney, Nordic Naturals advisory board member. "The ease and potency of this product – over 500 mg EPA and DHA in a small soft gel – make it great for them. It's also ideal for folks who take omega-3s to maintain good health and want the convenience of taking just one pill. For my patients who need more omega-3 support, I might suggest two soft gels."
 
Extensive scientific research shows that omega-3s help maintain heart health, brain health and optimal wellness. Omega ONE contains 500 I.U. of added vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), the natural form of vitamin D preferred for optimal absorption, which supports mood and immune health.
 
Omega ONE is also non-GMO, free of artificial ingredients, and certified sustainable by Friend of the Sea.
 
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