Menopause


For most women menopause is a minor inconvenience lasting a couple of years as they move on to the next stage of their lives,
 however for some it can be more than a decade of night sweats, hot flushes/flashes, vaginal dryness and soreness, mood swings and a host of other symptoms.

HRT can be very helpful in controlling the worst symptoms however many women find they have to go through a severe if shorter menopause when they come off it.  Discussion with their GP about menopause management is vital, but much can be done with diet modifications, weight management and lifestyle to reduce symptoms and to ensure a healthy later life.







Whatever a woman’s experience of menopause, the reduction in protective oestrogen brings her cardiac risk level to that of men, leads to increased bone mineral loss (weaker/thinner bones) and increases the risk of certain cancers.

Controlling body fat levels (which improves hormone balance), and exercising to maintain both muscle and bone strength have important health benefits.




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Menopause is a normal, natural event – not a disease,and all women experience it but each in a unique way. Menopause signals the end of fertility and the beginning of a new and potentially rewarding time in a woman's life. One of the reasons that premenopausal women don’t want to talk about menopause is that they dread this hallmark in aging. This attitude is sad and contributes heavily to the emotional causes of premenopausal symptoms. They are entering a new stage of life and facing challenges that they have never faced before. They have specific nutritional needs that are much different from those of men and younger women. Many of them experience mood swings, headaches, cravings, and all the other issues of premenopause. It's crazy. Somewhere around age 40 they look in the mirror and— yikes!—where did that paunchy middle come from? They seem to gain weight overnight while battling fatigue, irritability, and hot flashes. When faced with younger more attractive women in a gym or at the mall, their self-esteem drops. They too want to feel beautiful, healthy, and active and get the most out of life.
It's been called the "middle-age spread," and the big ‘M’. What ever it's called, it's a physical reality and a growing concern for the 40+ aged women. In fact, 20% of women do not have any problems leading up to menopause and manage the transition without assistance; 60% of women experience some menopausal symptoms, varying from mild to moderate; 20% of women
have more severe problems.
According to the Women's Healthy Lifestyle Project, funded by the National Institute of Health 100% of women whether thin or overweight, gain weight during this period of their lives if they don't change their lifestyles. In addition, entering this age range means an increase in the risk for certain diseases, like heart disease and osteoporosis.
All this can lead a woman to feel that her situation is hopeless. 

There were 40 million women undergoing menopause in 2003, and there will be 60 million women suffering from menopause by 2010. By the year 2025, the World Health Organization estimates that 1.1 billion women will be age 50 or over.
And as the average life expectancy for women is approximately 80 years, this simply means women spend up to or more than half their life in their menopause years.

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