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Symptoms of the menopause

The menopause is an important subject for most women around the age of 50. Oestrogen production decreases until the body shuts it down entirely. The time around the last menstrual period is also referred to as the change of life. The hormonal change can lead to climacteric symptoms such as hot flushes, suddenly increased perspiration and insomnia. Depressive moods, nervousness, headaches and constipation can also be directly connected to menopause, however. Approximately one-third of women experiencing menopause are badly affected by these symptoms, and one-third suffer from moderate or mild symptoms.

Women can suffer from secondary complications

The International Menopause Society has joined forces with the World Health Organisation to declare 18 October 2014 “World Menopause Day” in order to draw attention to the health risks that can follow menopause. This is because the negative effects are not always limited to the hormonal change. Although the body adjusts with time and the symptoms recede, the risk of osteoporosis and cardiovascular diseases and stroke increases in the long term. Many women complain about weight gain during and after menopause. The skin and mucous membranes of the vagina, bladder and urinary tract can become drier, too.

How to increase the sense of wellbeing

Nutritionists can help those affected by menopause and encourage them to adopt a healthy lifestyle. By adopting a health-conscious approach to food and a wholesome lifestyle that includes regular exercise and enough relaxation every woman can contribute to her sense of wellbeing during this stage of her life.

5 suggestions for women experiencing menopause:

  • Those who suffer from insomnia may benefit from eating only easily digestible foods in the evenings, and from avoiding invigorating drinks and late meals.

  • Those who experience hot flushes can have a cup of herbal tea instead of coffee, and avoid spicy foods as well as alcohol.

  • Drink plenty and ingest protein for firmer skin.

  • Counteract the degeneration of the bones with regular exercise and plenty of calcium.

  • Opt for foods with high nutritional density, such as vegetables, and keep an eye on body weight.

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