Menopause is the glorious time in a woman’s life when she no longer has a monthly period, and she no longer has this monthly occurrence because her ovaries no longer produce their hormones, estrogen and progesterone. Instead of this transition of cycles, to no cycles bringing a sense of freedom, it brings on a plethora of health issues that most women are concerned with.
Menopause and Depression
Although depression is not caused by menopause, it can definitely be a symptom of it. The hormones in a woman’s body are all out of balance, and she can feel as if she is having premenstrual syndrome (PMS) all day; every day. At the same time there can be empty nest syndrome going on with the kids getting older and leaving home. To make matters worse, she looks in the mirror one morning and notices lines in her face and neck that she didn’t seem to notice the day before, causing her to feel as if she is losing her attractiveness and sex appeal.
All hope is not lost for though if you are feeling any, or all of these symptoms. The first thing to do is discuss this with your doctor. He/she can help with different types of proven therapies to help you through this time of mental anguish. Also you might consider finding a support group that centers around other women dealing with the same issues.
Menopause and Overweight/Obesity
Gaining weight is a huge health concern of most women as they reach their menopause years, and with good cause. In an article on WebMD, about 30% of women 50 – 59 are not just overweight, but obese. Now that’s scary. Doctors have educated the public for years about the dangers of overweight and obesity.
The best thing that could be done with this concern is to exercise, exercise and exercise. The added activity will not only help to keep your body in good health, but it can also give you a greater sense of well being. Be sure to check with your doctor first, though.
Menopause and Osteoporosis
Bone loss increases for women after menopause, and will continue to do so for about the next 10 years. Along with the lack of bone density comes a greater risk of bone fracture.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle such as exercise and nutritious eating habits; regular check – ups by your doctor can keep this loss at a minimum.
Menopause and Heart Disease
As a woman’s estrogen level drops during menopause, her risk for heart disease increases. Thus, her risk for heart attack and stroke increases.
Always maintaining good communication with your doctor is one of the best things you can do for the risks of heart disease. Regular monitoring of your blood pressure, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and nutritious diet and quitting smoking are things on your own that you can do to alleviate some of the risk of heart disease.
Menopause and Breast Cancer
It is not menopause that causes breast cancer, but if a woman chooses to go on hormone replacement therapy, it could put her at greater risk. Also, the age factor has a lot to do with this concern because as one ages the risk increases.
All women, but especially those concerned with breast cancer during menopause should be sure to have regular breast exams and mammograms. This can do a lot to alleviate much of the concern. It is also helpful to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and try to exercise daily.
Take control of your concerns; don’t let them control you. You are entering a wonderful period of your life. Of course, once menopause is over.