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An Active Approach to Managing Menopause

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    I'm 56, been menopausal over a year, have been a runner over half my life.....and have wicked, horrible flashes day and night. I can't count how many I have. I have them when I'm running! I've cut back caffeine, taken just about every herbal supplement there is, tried effexor (don't do it!), accupuncture (expensive) and several on line remedies. Another one is due to come in the mail in a few days. Hope it helps. I'm feeling like the wicked witch of the west, melting into her broomstick.
  • NJ_HOU
    Yes, i've always wondered why i still get cold, etc and now I get it. It's not just the swimming - it's the exercise. I thought maybe the swimming lowered my temperature so that was why i did not get the 'hot flashes' and I'm definitely old enough - just passed 60!! Thanks for the info,
  • Dear fellow Sparkers, bottom line is WE'RE ALL DIFFERENT and one size does not fit all. I have eaten healthy foods since I was a child, and I have exercised REGULARLY all my life, and still do 30-120 minutes a day on the treadmill, plus weight training. I do not eat sugar. My thyroid is great as is my cholesterol, etc., ad nauseum. I had TERRIBLE hot flashes starting at age 50 and started HRT and began to feel like a human right away. But after 10 years and medical 'discoveries' I weaned myself from them with the doctor's prodding. I've tried every concoction and nothing helped the returning hot flashes. At 65 years old I STILL get hot flashes. Yes, not too bad now, but I keep a fan in every room. Some of YOU get bad hot flashes, and I'm here to tell you that you are not bad people and you may not have bad habits. We're ALL DIFFERENT. But if YOU'VE never had a hot flash or yours are mild, just count yourself as lucky, but smart has nothing to do with it.
    This is the best news I've heard all day, and makes me that much more determined to get the exercise regimen going. I'm wavering between doing Taebo and ordering Hip Hop Abs. Hip Hop Abs seems like it'd be more fun.
    Let's see... a prescription that protects my bones, wards off heart disease, diabetes and other biggies, helps me sleep better, helps control my moods, might even make me smarter, and can cost as little as a pair of walking shoes? If this were advertised as a drug, nobody would believe it was for real!

  • Ok I am 44 and think I may be in pre-menopause but am not sure. My doctor says no cause my mom went in her 50's so that is what she is basing her answer on. Has not checked anything or asked any questions. I have had anxiety, shorter periods, moody, 8 lb weigh gain this summer and night sweats to name a few. Can anyone give me their opinion or help?
  • I was hoping to learn something but really I have exersiced for yearsand still feel awful
  • The last paragraph of the article is poorly written and even after reading it four times, it remained unclear. Certainly exercise helps some women with hormonal symptoms but for many of us, it's not enough. I have tried numerous natural treatments including Chinese herbs, Black cohosh and exercise. The weight stays on and the hot flashes are miserable. I can't use an HRT because of family history of cancer. I was glad that several women in this comment section wrote the same things. This validated my experience and provided much more hope than the article did.
    In addition to the other great suggestions here, I would recommend having thyroid levels checked if you are having a really horrible time with menopause and weight. TSH level should be between 1-2 for best function.
  • I don't totally agree with this article. Yes, we all know the benefits of exercise, but I disagree with the article's implication that if you exercise you won't experience hot flashes. I went through menopause about 7 years ago and only experienced hot flashes once and at the time I did not have a regular exercise routine.

    I am NOT saying this article is wrong, but as we all know, it's not a "One size fits all" either.
  • I have been walking 1.5 hours a day for the past few years, and in the past 3 or so months adding/changing to my exercise plan (cycling, yoga, increasing the amount of strength training I do) due to an injury. I don't know if all that has helped or not, since perimenopause is so individual, but I haven't had hot flashes ... *crosses figers*... and only occasional mild night sweats. So, since I exercise to keep my heart and bones healthy, I guess I have one more reason to keep on with what I am doing.
  • As we can tell by all the responces to this article, each woman experiences it in her own way. Good health is just common sense; not necessarily an fix for hot flashes. I am not having them stop with exercising, but I am not going to stop taking good care of myself. They will have to live with exercise and a good diet if they are taking up residence in this body. So we are just going to have to be the odd couple, me and hot flashes. :)) not liking it though.
    I had a hysterectomy at the age of 43 and was thrust into menopause quite suddenly, weight gain, hot flashes galore and quite irritable. At 45 I decided I needed to lose 45 pounds and started walking and recording my food. Now that I am 5 pounds from my goal the hot flashes have almost disappeared (they only appear when I overeat or am under a great amount of stress) and I am much less irritable. I agree whole heartedly with this article.
  • I hate to say this, but all the exercise in the world did not help me with my surgically induced menopause (total hysterectomy at 36). Maybe it's because naturally occurring menopause is more gradual, giving the body time to adjust. I attempted to weather "the Change" without hormone replacement. HUGE mistake for someone my age with my activity level. The hot flashes and sleep disturbance were bad, but worse was the fact that my body literally began to fall apart for lack of estrogen. After one year, my knees and shoulders were chronically inflamed, both of my achilles were on the verge of rupture and I had the beginning stage of osteoporosis (osteopenia). I also put on 12 pounds, despite the fact that my exercise regimen didn't really change. I am VERY active, teaching a variety of cardio and strength classes 5x a week and running around outside the gym with my family. None of that helped mitigate the degenerative problems I faced following menopause. I finally started HRT after realizing that there was no way I could survive the next year of my life like that, let alone 30 or more. I would end up a cripple! If you are in menopause and suffering, talk to you Dr., get educated, and take ALL factors and variables into account when you decide how to weather "the Change".
  • CAROLA28
    Sorry, that's Christine Northrup, M.D.

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