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Lifestyle Tips to Ease Menopause Symptoms

Lifestyle-Changes-Menopause.JPGFor some women, menopause can be intimidating. Stories from friends and family members about persistent night sweats, difficulty sleeping, and mood swings can make anyone nervous.

“There are women who find themselves especially uncomfortable during menopause,” admits Gregory C. Bolton, MD, gynecologist at Main Line HealthCare Lafayette Hill and Lankenau Medical Center. “But it’s not every woman. Some women don’t find the symptoms to be uncomfortable at all, and sometimes simple lifestyle changes are enough to ease or alleviate your symptoms.”

Below, Dr. Bolton offers tips for helping to combat the symptoms of menopause and maintain good health as your body goes through these hormonal and physical changes.

Get moving: No surprise here. One of the best ways to stay healthy, no matter what your age or ailment, is regular physical activity. For menopause sufferers especially, exercise can prevent memory loss, promote a good night’s sleep, and lessen the likelihood of a mood swings. Weight loss as a result of exercise can sometimes lead to less severe hot flashes, too.

Get some sleep: Many women complain of hot flashes and night sweats keeping them awake during menopause, but sleep is important in helping combat memory loss and mood swings. Get your best night’s sleep by avoiding napping during the day, keeping your bedroom cool, dark, and quiet, and doing something relaxing like reading before you go to bed.

Avoid certain foods: Spicy foods, alcohol, and caffeine can be triggers to hot flashes, and prevent you from getting the sleep you need. Try to avoid foods like these, especially before bed, and any other foods that you notice cause your symptoms to worsen.

Relax: Reduce your stress levels by finding an activity that you enjoy doing and that relaxes you, whether it’s reading, listening to music, taking a walk, or another hobby. If you’re still feeling anxious, depressed, or stressed, talk to your doctor. Mood changes are a common symptom of menopause, and they can discuss solutions with you.

Despite your best efforts, the symptoms of menopause can still be overwhelming. If your symptoms are severe or interfering with your daily life, make an appointment with your gynecologist to talk to them about alternative treatments, including medication or hormone therapy.

Join Dr. Bolton for the upcoming wellness seminar 'Hot Flashes, Hormones, and Your Health' for more tips on making it through menopause comfortably.

For more information on dealing with menopause or to learn about additional upcoming women’s health events, visit the Women’s Health Source website.

 
Posted by Main Line Health on 9/4/2013 1:02:55 PM

Lifestyle Tips to Ease Menopause Symptoms

Lifestyle-Changes-Menopause.JPGFor some women, menopause can be intimidating. Stories from friends and family members about persistent night sweats, difficulty sleeping, and mood swings can make anyone nervous.

“There are women who find themselves especially uncomfortable during menopause,” admits Gregory C. Bolton, MD, gynecologist at Main Line HealthCare Lafayette Hill and Lankenau Medical Center. “But it’s not every woman. Some women don’t find the symptoms to be uncomfortable at all, and sometimes simple lifestyle changes are enough to ease or alleviate your symptoms.”

Below, Dr. Bolton offers tips for helping to combat the symptoms of menopause and maintain good health as your body goes through these hormonal and physical changes.

Get moving: No surprise here. One of the best ways to stay healthy, no matter what your age or ailment, is regular physical activity. For menopause sufferers especially, exercise can prevent memory loss, promote a good night’s sleep, and lessen the likelihood of a mood swings. Weight loss as a result of exercise can sometimes lead to less severe hot flashes, too.

Get some sleep: Many women complain of hot flashes and night sweats keeping them awake during menopause, but sleep is important in helping combat memory loss and mood swings. Get your best night’s sleep by avoiding napping during the day, keeping your bedroom cool, dark, and quiet, and doing something relaxing like reading before you go to bed.

Avoid certain foods: Spicy foods, alcohol, and caffeine can be triggers to hot flashes, and prevent you from getting the sleep you need. Try to avoid foods like these, especially before bed, and any other foods that you notice cause your symptoms to worsen.

Relax: Reduce your stress levels by finding an activity that you enjoy doing and that relaxes you, whether it’s reading, listening to music, taking a walk, or another hobby. If you’re still feeling anxious, depressed, or stressed, talk to your doctor. Mood changes are a common symptom of menopause, and they can discuss solutions with you.

Despite your best efforts, the symptoms of menopause can still be overwhelming. If your symptoms are severe or interfering with your daily life, make an appointment with your gynecologist to talk to them about alternative treatments, including medication or hormone therapy.

Join Dr. Bolton for the upcoming wellness seminar 'Hot Flashes, Hormones, and Your Health' for more tips on making it through menopause comfortably.

For more information on dealing with menopause or to learn about additional upcoming women’s health events, visit the Women’s Health Source website.

 
Posted by Main Line Health on 9/4/2013 1:02:55 PM
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P Ellis
Pray... Be still. I am over 50 and learning everyday how to adjust myself.
9/10/2013 5:50:09 PM
 
Margaret Shepard
These suggestions to combat symptoms of menopause do not offer any new information, and they are minimally effective at best. The truth is nobody knows what to suggest beyond these generic "healthy living" suggestions Previous generations of women had HT and before that, women didn't work in their 50s. Today, the remedies for working women in menopause are no better than snake oil: HT will combat cognitive decline; estrogen will not help cognitive decline. Please tell me Dr. GREGORY Bolton, what the hell do you know about walking a day in a menopausal woman's shoes?

Oh, excuse me if I'm a bit irritable. I was awakened by hot flashes twice last night in my cool darkened room, and now, as I am preparing a lecture, my senses are dulled from the melatonin I took to promote sleep. I am tired of reading these "remedies" that don't help. Offer some real suggestions or don't pretend you know how to help.
9/10/2013 9:29:03 AM
 
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