“Conditions that can occur because of aging include weight gain, high blood pressure, glucose intolerance or diabetes, thyroid disorders, sleep apnea…”.1

Umbrella
What may the Menopause or Aging Umbrella include?

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

  • Age-Related Changes
  • Menopause Changes/Symptoms
  • Normal Aging/Changes

Changes

Can menopause and aging cause changes women may experience during the menopause transition?

The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) explain:

“During the transition from the reproductive years through menopause and beyond, you will not only experience the physical changes caused by menopause, you will also experience the changes caused by normal aging”.2

Menopause

What are normal changes related to menopause?

The NAMS note:

Menopause or Aging
“Normal changes related to menopause include hot flashes, difficulty sleeping, and vaginal dryness”.3

Aging

What changes may aging cause?

The NAMS explain:

“Conditions that can occur because of aging include weight gain, high blood pressure, glucose intolerance or diabetes, thyroid disorders, sleep apnea (disordered breathing), and an increased risk for heart disease and certain cancers”.4

The (German) Institute for Quality and Efficiency In Health Care also note:

“But not all physical and emotional changes during this phase of life are due to menopause. Changes in mood, emotional wellbeing, problems with concentration and memory, and physical problems like back ache are not directly related to menopause. They can happen at any other age and be caused by many other things too. The higher risk of diseases such as osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease are also related to growing older. So menopause itself does not usually have any direct health consequences. But it can be a good time to think about how to stay healthy or improve your health in older age”.5

Lifestyle, Stress, Genetic Risks

What may impact on changes caused by menopause and aging?

The NAMS explain:

“For women who also have an unhealthy lifestyle, high stress, or certain genetic risks, the changes caused by menopause and aging can be particularly challenging and difficult to sort out”.6

Health Care Provider

What if I am unsure about some changes taking place?

If you are unsure about some changes – any changes – taking place  – any where – it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this. Together you can clarify your changes, discuss your options and if required, agree on who may be the most appropriate health care provider to help you.

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Sources

  1. North American Menopause Society. Menopause Guidebook: 1. An Introduction To Menopause. 8th Edition 2015: 2
  2. North American Menopause Society. Menopause Guidebook: 1. An Introduction To Menopause. 8th Edition 2015: 2
  3. North American Menopause Society. Menopause Guidebook: 1. An Introduction To Menopause. 8th Edition 2015: 2
  4. North American Menopause Society. Menopause Guidebook: 1. An Introduction To Menopause. 8th Edition 2015: 2
  5. Wellbeing During Menopause. Last Update: 24 August 2016. Institute for Quality and Efficiency In Health Care https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0072494/ Accessed: 27 April 2020
  6. North American Menopause Society. Menopause Guidebook: 1. An Introduction To Menopause. 8th Edition 2015: 2
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