8 Ways You Can Live Well with Menopause

Women's Health Update     Fall 2017

Feeling miserable from menopause symptoms? Try making some of these changes to feel better and generally improve your health. You might be surprised at the results!

1. Eat Healthy Food

A balanced diet can help restore your energy and protect you against osteoporosis, weight gain and more. Limit alcohol or caffeine, which can affect sleep. Learn more about nutrition and its impact on menopausal health. Ask your doctor if you need supplements to replace calcium, iron, vitamin D, and B vitamins, all crucial in supporting a woman’s aging body.

2. Quit Smoking

Since when isn’t this a good idea? In addition to the overall damage to your health, smoking may trigger hot flashes, weakens bones and can irritate your bladder, which may become more sensitive during menopause.

3. Exercise

Regular physical activity helps keep your weight down, improves your sleep, strengthens your bones and elevates your mood.

4. Learn How to Reduce Stress

If you do them regularly, stress reduction techniques such as meditation or yoga can help you cope with your symptoms.

5. Lose Weight

If you’re overweight, dropping some pounds might help with hot flashes, according to one recent study. It can also improve your overall health and well-being.

6. Take Care of Your Gynecological Health

You will still need pelvic exams, Pap tests and other gynecological tests after menopause. Also, remember to ask how often you need mammograms (breast x-rays).

7. Take Preventive Measures

Ask your doctor about immunizations and screenings. Discuss blood pressure, bone density, and other tests. Find out about flu and other shots.

8. Be Proactive

Go online, read, talk to your doctors and ask your friends what’s working for them. There’s a wealth of information waiting for you on how to cope with this important change in your life.