You may need to make some lifestyle changes that will help you maintain good health after menopause. Remember that the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis increases as you age. Some easy lifestyle changes may help reduce menopause symptoms and improve overall health.
You can reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, and even some cancers by taking care of your heart.
Your body replaces bone tissue on a regular basis. With menopause and aging, bone loss speeds up which makes it harder to replace. This can lead to a osteoporosis. You can reduce your risk of osteoporosis by getting 1,200-1,500 mg of calcium and 800 units of vitamin D each day.
Increase your dietary calcium intake by eating:
Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium. Increase vitamin D intake by eating:
You can also get vitamin D with sun exposure. Be sure to limit how much time you spend in the sun. You only need a few minutes at a time a few days a week.
Talk to your doctor before you take any supplements with vitamin D or calcium.
Here are some ways to improve sleep:
Cutting back on caffeine may reduce symptoms of anxiety and insomnia. It may also reduce the loss of calcium from your body and reduce your risk of other health problems. You can drink alcohol in moderation. Moderation is 1-2 drinks a day.
If you are having hot flashes, try making a diary of when they happen and what seems to trigger them. This may help you find out what to avoid. Otherwise:
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Last reviewed March 2014 by Kim Carmichael, MD
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