One of the top health concerns among women dealing with menopause is heart disease. The risk for heart disease is higher when we are going through menopause.
As our bodies change, certain factors come into play. A high fat diet, smoking, and not exercising can all play a part in how our bodies handle this. According to the American Heart Association, an increase in heart attacks among women can happen about 10 years after menopause. Heart disease is the number one killer for us women. Our estrogen levels decrease as we age and go through menopause.
If you have followed a healthy diet, exercise and don’t smoke, then your risk for heart disease is quite a bit lower.
Another health concern is high blood pressure. Changes in your body are happening when you go through menopause and this raises your blood pressure. Once again, if you have a healthy lifestyle, your risk is lower than if you don’t exercise or smoke. Check with your doctor to see if your blood pressure is normal when you are going through menopause. Make sure you are exercising, even if you are just going outside and taking a walk.
A stroke can also occur when your body changes because menopause can be very stressful for your body. But if you have an active lifestyle and don’t smoke or have any other unhealthy habits, then your risk is lower. Smoking may contribute to early menopause in certain women, so it’s a great idea to quit before it sets in.
LDL cholesterol, also called the bad cholesterol can increase in our bodies. HDL cholesterol, also called the good cholesterol, declines or stays the same.
Triglycerides are fats that are in our blood. These levels can increase when we are going through menopause. If it gets too high, it can cause a heart attack.
One of the most important things to do before you start menopause is to exercise and get in shape. Also, the smoking needs to stop.
Eating good foods like vegetables and fruits will help you to stay healthy and hopefully will help you as you go through menopause. One of the most important things to do is to exercise as much as you can.
I have already been through menopause and no it’s not fun. I still have a hot flash once in a while and it’s very uncomfortable, but you can get through it.