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An Active Approach to Managing Menopause

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    Ok, I have done nothing, I am 52, having decreasing periods, mood this the begining or the end of menopause. I am fat, sedentary and the rest of you make me feel very inadequate. Is it too late to try to get some weight off? Or has my horse gone through the gate...never felt a hot flash and as I live in the tropics, would I even recognize one from a very hot day?
  • After my hysterectomy at 31, it took my several years to come off the hormones. I'm lucky enough they were able to clean up and leave me one overy. The weight problem since then has been horrible. It seems like I can gain 10 to 15 overnight! I don't have the mood swings or the hot flashs like I did in the first few years and I'm 39 now. It's just every now and again. I don't look forward to the day when that overy finally gives out but I hope everything I'm doing now will help by then.
  • MARTAY56
    I was warned by my doctor that if I did not lose my excess weight before I went into menopause, it would be much harder. At age 51, almost two years ago, I went into menopause naturally. By that time, I was walking at least five days a week and started eating healthier. As a result, instead of gaining more weight; I started dropping my excess weight. I am several sizes smaller and have since joined a gym where I can enchance what I am already doing. I did experience hot flashes a lot the first two years, but they have decreased in severity, thanks to me working out.
    My comment is about a very positive experience: I am one of the lucky ones. Not everyone has terrible symptoms from menopause. I have not had any kind of discomfort. To the contrary in fact... For years I suffered horrible migrane headaches. With menopause, my headaches have stopped! I believe that this is perhaps because of the hormonal change. What a reason to celebrate menopause! I practice good health habits, walking two miles every morning. I have excellent dental hygiene, and try to eat the right foods. I take calcium supplements and a multi-vitamin also. I want to tell all "young women" not to fear this stage of life. Just like the experience of pregnancy differs for women, so does menopause. (Not every pregnancy is fifty hours of hard labor! lol ) Modern medical science can help all of us embrace better health.
    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.

  • TRICHAR201261
    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.
    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
  • GONNABE120
    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.

    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.

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