Navigation Links
Positive Attitude, Planning May Help Women Through Menopause
Date:11/10/2010

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 10 (HealthDay News) -- A positive attitude and a little preparation can help women deal with menopause, according to an expert.

Women should start preparing when they experience perimenopause, the stage before menopause. Perimenopause typically begins in the 40s, but can start as early as the 30s, according to Dr. Karen Deighan, chair of obstetrics/gynecology at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, Loyola University Health System.

"I give my perimenopausal patients a pep talk so they don't get down on themselves," she said in a Loyola news release. "I tell them that they shouldn't just let this transition happen. Women can be proactive about their health and take steps to minimize the side effects of menopause before it occurs."

Deighan offered the following tips:

  • Start exercising in order to prevent the 5- to 10-pound weight gain typical of menopause. Fluctuations in hormones can contribute to this weight gain. It's more difficult to prevent or lose those extra pounds if you wait until menopause to begin an exercise program.
  • Begin pelvic-floor-strengthening exercises such as kegels. Proper kegel exercises contract the pelvic-floor muscles, not the abdomen, thighs or buttocks.
  • Do weight-bearing exercises to keep bones strong and reduce the risk of fractures.
  • Challenge your brain with memory exercises and crosswords and other types of word puzzles -- it may help lower the risk of memory loss during menopause.
  • Develop and maintain good sleep habits in order to counter potential sleep problems caused by dips in estrogen levels.
  • Try to get enough sleep -- lack of sleep in itself can contribute to mental fogginess and lower libido, which are often associated with menopause.
  • Consider estrogen suppositories to help treat vaginal dryness. Regular intercourse also improves sex drive and increases lubrication.
  • Get your recommended annual tests, including checks of blood glucose, cholesterol, vitamin D and calcium levels, as well as mammograms and pelvic exams. The results of a colonoscopy at age 50 will determine the frequency of future colonoscopies.
  • Don't neglect your teeth -- brush twice a day and floss daily to help prevent gum disease, which can affect your cardiovascular health.
  • Eat a diet rich in leafy greens and healthy fats such as salmon, avocado and olive oil in order to keep hair and skin healthy. Limit consumption of processed foods.
  • Premenopausal women should consume 1,000 to 1,200 milligrams of calcium daily (experts recommend taking the calcium in two to three smaller doses), and postmenopausal women should take 1,500 mg of calcium in 500 mg doses with magnesium and vitamin D for maximum absorption.
  • Hormone therapy should not be used by women at risk for breast cancer, blood clots or heart disease.

More information

WomensHealth.gov has more about menopause.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Loyola University Health System, news release, Nov. 3, 2010


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Positive psychological changes from meditation training linked to cellular health
2. Positive social traits trump bad health habits
3. Targeted therapy promising for HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer
4. New study finds positive return on investment for states that invest in quit smoking treatments
5. Study shows tranquil scenes have positive impact on brain
6. Survey of American women finds STD vaccine viewed positively
7. Penns Positive Psychology Center awards $2.9 million for research
8. Many False-Positive HIV Test Results for Those in AIDS Vaccine Trials
9. Report proposes new research agenda on pregnancy intentions of HIV-positive women
10. Simple tools help parents understand a childs risk of obesity, make positive changes
11. New study confirms positive effects of delayed school start times
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Positive Attitude, Planning May Help Women Through Menopause
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... 24, 2017 , ... Congratulations to Head Over Heels’ elite ... 12th. Ms. Esparza qualified into this prestigious status after winning the Vault, ... Vegas, Nevada. Frida is one of approximately 25 gymnasts in the nation who ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... February 23, 2017 , ... The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) ... and serving the lymphoma community through a comprehensive series of education programs, outreach ... in Miami Beach to host its Swirl: Miami Wine Tasting Event on March ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... February 23, 2017 , ... Rosica Communications, a ... content marketing, social media management, corporate communications, SEO and cause marketing, is opening ... in nearby New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Canada, Rosica will focus on expanding its ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... February 23, 2017 , ... ERT, a global ... announced that Premier Research, a leading clinical development service provider, has selected ERT’s ... increasingly complex, due in part to an array of circumstances including the use ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... February 23, 2017 , ... CALNOC, the nation’s first and only ... their upcoming conference – Empowerment, Value and Collaboration – in Seattle, WA on October ... the Virginia Mason Health System in Seattle since 2000. In addition to his role ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/23/2017)... WASHINGTON , Feb. 23, 2017  As ... tips.  In addition, the Company is helping people ... through its customized prescription savings programs in all ... Florida Prescription Assistance Program  and  California Prescription Assistance ... tips from Columbia University for nutritious ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... 2017 The top three players ... Healthcare, Koninklijke Philips N.V., and Schiller. Collectively, these companies ... market in 2015. Strong product portfolio and a monumental ... be aiding these players remain leaders in the fragmented ... in the global market are likely to focus on ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... , Feb 23, 2017 Research and ... Devices Market Analysis & Trends - Industry Forecast to 2025" ... ... grow at a CAGR of around 9.2% over the next decade ... report analyzes the market estimates and forecasts for all the given ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: