Menopause in a Flash: Quick Facts
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Hot flashes, mood swings, erratic periods. Need to know what on earth is happening to your body? And quick? Well don’t sweat it. Here’s menopause in a flash!
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Hot flashes, mood swings, erratic periods. Need to know what on earth is happening to your body? And quick? Well don't sweat it. Here's what it's all about -- in a flash: What we commonly call menopause actually consists of 3 phases - PREmenopause, PERImenopause, and POSTmenopause. Menopause itself is simply the point in time when 12 months have passed since your last period. This progression is a natural part of life that needs to be managed, but it is NOT a health problem or a disease. During PREmenopause, hormone-related symptoms such as breast tenderness and bloating, are caused by ovulation. PERIMENOPAUSE symptoms such as mood swings, hot flashes, heart palpitations, and sometimes brain fog or confusion, signal that your body is beginning to produce less consistent levels of hormones and ovulation is becoming irregular. MENOPAUSE is the permanent end of reproduction. Your ovaries stop producing eggs, so estrogen and progesterone stop cycling and stay at low levels. Testosterone levels decline gradually over the coming years. 6,000 women, with an average age of 51, reach menopause every day. POSTMENOPAUSAL women often experience vaginal dryness and thinning tissue in the urinary tract can cause pain during intercourse and urinary problems. Topical estrogen can often help. In later years, around 25 percent of women develop osteoporosis and a vast majority have heart problems. In many cases, changes in diet and exercise can MINIMIZE these health challenges. And the North American Menopause Society reports 51 percent of POSTmenopausal women say they are happier and more fulfilled than they have ever been. For more in-depth information on menopause, check out other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2012-10-02 | Tags »
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When it comes to managing menopause symptoms, you are what you eat. Your nutritional choices can ease symptoms while giving you that needed extra boost of energy.
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When it comes to managing midlife symptoms, you are what you eat. Your nutritional choices can go a long way to keeping you healthy and full of energy, ESPECIALLY AFTER MENOPAUSE, when it becomes easier to gain weight, and you're more susceptible to vaginal dryness, heart disease, cognitive problems and osteoporosis. To lower cholesterol and triglycerides and protect your heart and digestive tract, make sure you eat plenty of fresh veggies and fruit, lean protein, and about 21 grams of fiber-that's equivalent of 1 cup of black beans and a fresh pear. Also enjoy raw carrots, apple slices, seaweed, and soy-based products such edamame. Eating fish, such as salmon and trout that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, helps lower cholesterol, and there is some indication it may fight off everything from cancer to dementia. Nuts, spices such as basil and oregano, even capers also offer a small dose of omega-3s. To ease memory loss get into blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. Their high antioxidant level fights inflammation. You also want to build muscle, resist weight gain and keep your bones strong. So in addition to what I mentioned before, make sure you go light on saturated fats in red meat and on sweets too. For bone strength, you'll need at least 1,200mg of calcium a day -- from low or no fat dairy. And plenty of vitamin D from sunshine, food and supplements. Despite lower official recommendations, many doctors now advise postmenopausal women to take 1000 IU of D in a supplement every day. And while you're upgrading your diet -- consider going easy on coffee, tea, alcohol, colas, refined sugars and spicy foods. These can trigger hot flashes. Salt -- it can raise blood pressure if you are sensitive to it. And stick with one glass of wine a day -- that's a proven heart health booster -- but more increases your risk for everything from breast cancer to obesity. For more information on how to best care for your body before and after menopause, check out other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2012-10-18 | Tags »
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HRT -- hormone replacement therapy, or simply HT for hormone therapy, as it's now called -- effectively manages menopause symptoms, such as hot flashes, mood swings, AND vaginal dryness. Find out how.
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When searching FOR menopause symptom relief, you've probably considered it all - exercise, diet, natural supplements - but what about HRT? HRT -- hormone replacement therapy, or simply HT for hormone therapy, as it is now called -- effectively manages menopause symptoms, such as hot flashes, mood swings, AND vaginal dryness. These symptoms develop because of a decline in estrogen during the 2 to 8 years leading up to menopause. HT is also prescribed for women who go through menopause before the age of 40 or have induced menopause. THE hormone therapy replaces the estrogen and progesterone THAT"S MISSING FROM THE BODY, AND eases symptoms. Depending on the form and dose prescribed, length of use will vary. But most medical organizations agree that oral hormone therapy is safe to take for 5 years for women in the early stages of post-menopause without added risk for heart disease or breast cancer . Intravaginal delivery of the hormones is localized, not systemic, so much smaller doses can be given for extended use. But as with any medication there are side effects. Oral HT can cause bleeding, bloating, breast tenderness or enlargement, headaches, mood changes, and nausea. If this happens to you, try a lower dose! If you do decide to take oral HT, re-evaluate your dose and whether you need to continue it every six months. For more information on menopause, view the other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2012-10-18 | Tags »
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