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An Active Approach to Managing Menopause
Get Moving to Relieve Discomfort
3/20/2009 12:30:18 PM
This is a great article. I just turned 40 last year and have been wondering about menopause. My mom went thru it early, but she also doesn't take care of herself at all. I'm hoping all my hard work will help me push it off and deal with it better when it is my turn.
This is all so true. I didn't go thru menopause until I was 57, but was able to lose 80 lbs, maintain estrogen levels, muscle strength, and bone strength through the peri-menopausal years with a good exercise program. Hot flashes were a minor, only occassional, event. Never serious enough to be a problem.
I'm 45 and started having hot flashes last year. Acupuncture treatments have really made a difference. I go about every 6-8 weeks and don't notice many symptoms in between treatments.
I'm also a firm believer in healthy whole food, daily exercise and good sleep. I have trouble with the last one, but on days when I can manage 8 hours, I feel my best.
3/20/2009 8:21:43 AM
I have been going through peri-menopause, which I feel is the worst part, for about ten years. At first all the strange symptoms were not identifiable. I don't think there was enough information out there. But now, there is plenty. I believe I have hit menopause, and yes, cardio, strength training, yoga, pilates are the best. Incorporate these into your week as much as you can. Cardio and weight training really alleviate the hot flashes and strange fluctuations of blood sugar/metabolism. I found soy products; love chocolate soy milk really calm the hot flashes as well. My weight is another sruggle. The weight has gone to my belly, back, and "love handles". This extra 20 pounds is a real struggle to lose, so I am so grateful to Sparkspeople for motivating me to watch my calories in a healthy way and exercise continually. The end result justifies the means, no matter how long it takes.
I am so glad this information is available. Several years ago this seemed like such a taboo topic. I am 43 and am having some symptoms of peri. I exercise regulary and most of the time follow a low calorie diet. My advice to everyone is to monitor "calories in and calories out." I have come to understand moderate exercise, and I do get more than that, and a healthy low calorie diet is the key to weight control and feeling good.
The recommendations for eating right and exercising are helpful. I wonder if anyone else out there is experiencing menopause after chemotherapy? I am 51 so it's not too soon for me, but I was still having regular periods before I was diagnosed with breast cancer in July of 2007, so I know it was chemo that made menopause start with a vengeance. Now I take Arimedex to block any hormones my body might still be making, so I am not a candidate for bio-identicals. I need to lose about 25 pounds, but I am finding it harder than ever, and my roller coaster emotions make it hard to be disciplined in my eating. I am sick of myself!
Hi you here so much about the start of the menopause but when does it stop . When do the hot flashes end the sleepless nights the mood swings.
1/8/2009 2:07:05 PM
I agree, physical activity, and a generally healthy all-around lifestyle will help immensely going thru this stage of life. As for excercise helping memory, uh I forgot what I was going to say:) LoL
10/21/2008 1:25:49 PM
I have gone through surgical menopause (at 39) and have had a hard time adjusting to the changes to my body and hormone fluctuations (mostly weight gain). The hot flashes come and go. I find that as my weight goes up the hot flashes worsen. I too have opted to not use HRT and fill my diet with whole foods/organic produce. Since surgery I have been trying to lose weight (3 years) and even after a tummy tuck and lipo, the weight is still a battle. I have determined that being a slave to the gym and eliminating carbs and sugar is the only way to keep the weight off. Easier said than done. A good prenatal vitamin is essential to replace the nutrients your body lacks in production. I also have hypothyroidism so this affects my metabolism and the fluctuation in weight (not a good combo!). I've tried hormone creams bio-identical progesterone and testosterone but no difference for me. Has anyone tried SottoPelle therapy and had success?
A friend of mine gave me Prolief, a product made by Arbonne, a few weeks ago. It's just a cream with Progesterone and lots of other natural products. I don't know exactly when it happened, but within days after starting to use the product my night sweats have completely stopped, I'm sleeping better and most days I have no hot flashes (was having several/day), and when I've had them recently they have been very short (5 or 10 seconds?) and mild.
10/1/2008 9:58:26 AM
I had a total hysterectomy at the age of 21 due to illness, and I have suffered night sweats ever since. I am now 49. I was on Premarin, but my doctor took me off of that. Most of us know what it is made from, and that Is something we didn't want my body to continue to take. I am on Estratest HS, but still have the night sweats, insominia. I wonder how long I will suffer with this. Is there anything else, I can do. I recently lost16 lbs in about 2 1/2 months. I watch what I eat, and don't get much exercise, due to toe surgery last year, and currently dealing with a heel spur. I am on my feet for many, many hours per day when I am working. I work for the railroad.
I had a hysterectomy at age of 33 due to pregnancy complications so I can't predict my state of perimenopause by decreasing periods. But I do know that now, at the age of 51, I haven't been very symptomatic: not many hot flashes (if at all, the few I've had were very mild), sleep fair at night and no night sweats. I led a fairly seditary life for many years but over the last year and a half I've lost 40 lbs., and started exercising 4-5x week. I do cardio 3-4x/week, yoga 2-3x week and weight lifting 2-3x week. I've also switched to a mostly organic, vegetarian diet with very little dairy. So either I'm doing all the right things to manage it correctly or it hasn't hit me yet! Either way I am glad that information and support like this is here.
9/22/2008 6:05:23 AM
I had a total hysterectomy 12 years ago at the age of 38, now Im 50 I have some hot flashes , There has been some hard times for me so my Doctor put me on anti depressed CITALOPRAM which he said some women said helps with hot flashes and they are right!!! I have been taking it for awhile and very seldom do i have them! The belly fat want go away after a lose from 168 to 140
I had surgery almost 15 years ago. I'm know 51 and the hotflashes really started bad about 6 months ago. Embrassing and agrivating. I tried the hormone cream which worked for a while. finally got back on a low dose hormone pill which has helped a lot. The ones I take had nothing to do with the scare of hormone pills a few years ago. I trust my doctor. I joined curves and also started back exercising here at home. Yes, exercise does help. I'm sleeping better, I"m no longer depressed, I don't suffer with vagina dryness anymore. I just need to work on losing the extra 20lbs that I've gained. Ouch!
It is really important to take care of yourself before you hit menopause, all the way around.
So much is at stake.
It's better to do that before you get into that zone instead of waiting until afterwards when everything is so much harder.
Women will make a better transistion to menopause if they will: eat healthy, exercise, and prevent weight gain.
I never really had problems having that TOM because I was always active, either doing ballet, or aerobics or even biking. It was very rare for me to have cramps too.
I started when that TOM when I was eleven, and I finished probably when I was about 5 or 6 years ago and I am 57 now.
But for some people, when you don't have TOM for a couple of months and then TOM shows up, it can get pretty nasty for about a week. Then it wouldn't come again until a couple of months later, and then get nasty. Then it would be about 6 months, and then it would come again but not too bad. That's what happened to me.
When I has my 2nd and last child at age 38, I kept waking up about 3 a.m. in the mornnig when I was about 6 months preggers with her; and that kept up until about maybe 2 years ago at age 56. I never had night sweats, but insomina.
I did HRT for about 2 years when I first started into perimenopause but that was it. I just didn't want to take any more risks with side effects on Pre-marin. So I stopped that altogether.
I only drank one cup of decaf coffee in the morning and that was it. But I determined that I was going to lose some weight and tweak my diet so that I would be eating almost totally healthy, and so I cut out that one cup of decaf coffee.
Now I sleep like a baby.
But it can be different for each person because no two people are alike.
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