Managing The Menopause
Your body’s changing, and the mood swings aren’t helping. But don’t panic – it is a great time to take control and improve your health, lifestyle, and at the same time reduce the effects of your symptoms.
Oestrogen does much more than control your periods. It also helps your heart and bones stay healthy, as well as keeping your brain in good working order. So as the levels drop, you may become prone to health problems such as heart disease and osteoporosis.
WHAT CAN YOU DO ?
- Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables to boost your energy levels.
- Reduce your intake of saturated and trans fats and sugar, as this may help reduce mood swings.
- If you smoke, try giving up. The menopause increases your risk of heart disease and osteoporosis, and smoking pushes these risks still higher. Visit your GP for help and advice on giving up smoking.
- Help to protect your bones by eating foods rich in calcium, such as sardines, yogurt, milk, cheese, spinach and oranges.
- Cut back on tea, coffee and alcohol and try to drink one or two litres of water a day.
- Regular exercise helps to keep your weight down and your spirits up. It also helps you to sleep well and is good for bone and heart health. Include some weight bearing activity, such as walking or dancing, to help protect bones against osteoporosis.
- Boost your intake of soya (tofu and soya milk are good sources), as some studies suggest it may help to ease the symptoms.
YOUR GP CAN HELP
Women experience the symptoms of the menopause in varying degrees and while some women may seem to “sail through“ the menopause with no great distress, others are more severely effected. Many women do not seek help, for many different reasons:
- You may be unaware that the symptoms you are experiencing are related to the menopause – the good news is you are not going “mad“
- You may feel your friends seem to be able to cope, why can’t you ?
- You believe it’s just part of life so you just have to get on with it.