During this time of change, your body decreases its production of oestrogen and you may become vulnerable to different health risks. Not all of these risks are directly related to menopause–some are just the natural result of ageing. However, some are directly related to the loss of oestrogen which has a protective effect on our heart and bones.
We know that women who have experienced the menopause are more at risk of heart disease. In fact women are three times more likely to die of heart disease than breast cancer. Another risk that increases after menopause is osteoporosis. This condition is where the bones lose their density and strength, resulting in an increased risk of fractures. Up to 20% of expected lifetime bone loss occurs within the first 5-7 years after the menopause.
It is more important than ever to take good care of your physical, mental and spiritual health. Often small changes are all that is needed to ensure you remain in the best of health. An excellent way of dramatically reducing your risk of both heart disease and osteoporosis is to be physically active for more than 30 minutes every day. Not only will this help strengthen your bones, it will also help you lower your cholesterol which is an important risk factor in heart disease.
So ladies, embrace this change and use it as an excuse to get fitter, healthier and even more vibrant than you already are!
Kiran Sidhu RGN RM MSc