“Women who try to make their lifestyle as healthy as they can appear to have fewer menopausal symptoms, and those symptoms are less severe”.1

Umbrella
What may the Menopause Healthy Living Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Menopause Healthy Lifestyle/Living
  • Menopause Lifestyle Management

Age

Is there an association between age and healthy living?

On page two in Maintaining Health and Preventing Disease After the Menopause the International Menopause Society (IMS) note:

“As women age, the likelihood of developing chronic diseases increases. Prevention is the key; managing your lifestyle will lower the risks and will enhance quality of life”.2

Menopause

Is there an association between menopause and healthy living?

In Menopause Management: Healthy Living – Lifestyle & Symptoms of Menopause the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health (JH) note:

Menopause Health Living
“Coping with menopausal symptoms can be helped by a balanced and nutritious diet, exercise and relaxation. Women who try to make their lifestyle as healthy as they can appear to have fewer menopausal symptoms, and those symptoms are less severe. Women who are overweight may have more hot flushes than women of a healthy weight”.3

Preventing Disease

Is there an association between healthy living and preventing disease?

According to the JH:

“A healthy lifestyle during the menopause transition helps with maintaining a healthy weight and, bone and heart health, which are all important for preventing disease later in life. Once women reach menopause, their oestrogen levels drop and their risk for OSTEOPOROSIS and cardiovascular disease (diseases of the heart and blood vessels, such as stroke) increases, so good nutrition is very important at this life stage”.4

Healthy Living

What does healthy living include?

In Healthy Living: Summary the (United States) MedlinePlus explain:

“Many factors affect your health. Some you cannot control, such as your genetic makeup or your age. But you can make changes to your lifestyle. By taking steps toward healthy living, you can help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke and other serious diseases:

  • Get the screening tests you need
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Eat a variety of healthy foods, and limit calories and saturated fat
  • Be physically active
  • Control your blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Don’t smoke
  • Protect yourself from too much sun
  • Drink alcohol in moderation, or don’t drink at all
  • Get enough sleep every day
  • Work on improving your mental health, for example by practicing mediation, relaxation techniques, or gratitude”.5

In The Menopause: What Can Be Done? Lifestyle Factors the (British) Women’s Health Concern (WHC) elaborate on these Lifestyle Factors:

“A healthy lifestyle can minimize the effects of the menopause, helping to keep the heart and bones strong. Many women feel that this is a good time to review the way they treat their body. Here are some tips to give your body the easiest ride:

  • Chew over your diet…
  • Keep on your feet…
  • Stop smoking…
  • Drink within reason…
  • Make use of health screening services…
  • Stay calm and positive…”.6

Health Care Provider

What if I would like help with healthy living?

If you would like help with healthy living, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this.

On page two of Menopause: What Can You Do To Help With Menopause? the JH explain:

“Depending on your symptoms, you may like to see a general practitioner, a gynaecologist, endocrinologist (hormone specialist), registered naturopath, psychologist or dietitian”.7

The WHC also note:

“Some women breeze through a problem-free menopause, but most experience some symptoms ranging from mild to severe. If you feel that you are struggling, advice and support is widely available. The important thing is to be aware of any changes and to consult your GP for advice. Whatever the symptoms, help is available in a range of ways.

Above all, bear in mind that your health is your responsibility and that you are in charge. This is a time when your body deserves some tender loving care”.8

Who is a GP?

DotS and/or DotC (Depending on the Country) a GP may be a qualified and registered general practitioner, a medical practitioner, a medical doctor or a doctor.

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  1. Menopause Management: Healthy Living – Lifestyle & Symptoms of Menopause. Last Updated: 07 April 2020  | Last Reviewed: 17 December 2017. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/menopause-management/ Accessed: 18 July 2020
  2. Maintaining Health and Preventing Disease After the Menopause. 2014:2. International Menopause Society https://www.imsociety.org/downloads/world_menopause_day_2014/booklets/ims_wmd_booklet_2014_english.pdf Accessed: 18 July 2020
  3. Menopause Management: Healthy Living – Lifestyle & Symptoms of Menopause. Last Updated: 07 April 2020  | Last Reviewed: 17 December 2017. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/menopause-management/ Accessed: 18 July 2020
  4. Menopause Management: Healthy Living – Healthy Weight. Last Updated: 07 April 2020  | Last Reviewed: 17 December 2017. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/menopause-management/ Accessed: 18 July 2020
  5. Healthy Living: Summary. Page Last Updated on 29 April 2020. Topic Last Reviewed: 25 March 2015. MedlinePlus https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/healthyliving.html Accessed: 18 July 2020
  6. The Menopause: What Can Be Done? Lifestyle Factors. Reviewed: November 2017. Women’s Health Concern https://www.womens-health-concern.org/help-and-advice/factsheets/menopause/ Accessed: 18 July 2020
  7. Menopause: What Can You Do To Help With Menopause? Updated September 2018:2. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/contents/documents/Resources/Fact_sheets/Menopause.pdf Accessed: 18 July 2020
  8. The Menopause: Conclusions. Reviewed: November 2017. Women’s Health Concern https://www.womens-health-concern.org/help-and-advice/factsheets/menopause/ Accessed: 18 July 2020

Topic Last Updated: 09 August 2020 – Topic Last Reviewed: 18 July 2020
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