Most women enter menopause around the age of 51. However, others have been known to enter menopause as early as 40 or as late as 55. Basically, the timing of menopause is dependent on each individual body. Menopause is natural with its own sense of timing. When going through menopause, there are health issues that need to be addressed. Even though women experience menopause differently, here are some tips to follow.
The older we get the more nutrients we need to keep ourselves healthy. However, at the same time our bodies’ metabolism can slow down which means we need to lower our calorie intake. Take your time when grocery shopping, look over ingredients and try to maintain an overall balanced diet.
As women get older, they are more at risk for Osteoporosis. A good way to maintain healthy bones is by increasing your intake of calcium. The recommended amount of calcium per day for women who are over the age of fifty is 1,200 milligrams. Either you can take a daily supplement or increase the amount of dairy products into your diet.
Physical Activity is A Must
Depending on your current health situation, you may want to contact your doctor on what type of physical activities are right for you. There are many activities out there such as water aerobics or simply taking a walk outside that can help you get some exercise into your routine. The benefits of daily exercise can help elevate your mood, promote heart health and just plainly keep you active.
Check Your Bad Habits
I know we all have them. However as we get older our bad habits can affect our health in many ways. If you smoke, you should stop. Smoking has a lot of negative consequences however as you go through menopause smoking can affect your bones. Watch your caffeine intake as well.
Caffeine can affect blood pressure. And, heart health is important to consider at this stage in life.
See Your Doctor
Seeing the doctor for health exams will help catch any irregularities or other health concerns. Depending on each individual’s health history, women in menopause should have Pap test at least every three years. Make appointments for mammograms as well. Keeping your exams are vital for healthy bodies. Also, you may want to find out from your doctor if you need other tests such as bone density or blood pressure. At the same time, have a discussion about the types of immunizations you should consider. Do you need a flu shot or other types of preventive shots to keep you healthy?
These are only a few tips, every women will experience menopause in their own unique manner and timing.