How Does Menopause Affect Your
Chronic Health Condition?
Menopause and Osteoarthritis
Menopause and Cardiovascular Disease
Menopause usually starts to effect women in their 40′s. During menopause a woman’s body goes through hormonal changes due to the lack of ovulation. The decrease in hormonal productivity can cause weakening and thinning of the bones. This process can make the bones more suseptible to fractures.
Where as osteoporosis is a disease that affects the bone’s density as well. Osteoporosis progresses so slow that sometimes woman don’t find out they have the condition until they are perimenopausal. A woman is diagnosed with osteoporosis before she becomes menopausal the disease can be intensified.
Calcium and vitamin D are important vitamins in the prevention and treatment for osteoporosis. When a woman begins the menopausal transition, it can only benefit to take some precautionary measures to prevent osteoporosis. Increasing vitamin D and calcium will help keep the bones from weakening. There are other symptom reduction products that may help as well.
For woman who already suffer from osteoporosis before menopause you may want to speak to your health care professional on other treatments. Treatments for menopause and osteoporosis are sometimes the same treatment. For instance, diet and exercise are important measures to consider when trying to reduce symptoms of either condition. There are vitamin supplements, low range exercises that will aid in reducing symptoms of both conditions.
Heart disease is a leading cause of death in men and woman. A post menopausal (a woman who has completed the menopausal transition) woman’s chance of heart disease increases two to three times that of a woman who is perimenopausal ( a woman who is going through menopause but has not completed it), but may be the same age. A lack of the hormone estrogen is believed to be related to the increase.
When a woman is going through menopause her production of estrogen decreases because the ovaries which produce estrogen decreases. And although, the body turns calories into fat where estrogen can be made, it may not be enough to balance the hormone levels. In turn, this decrease can increase the chance of cardiovascular disease, such as stroke and heart disease.
When a woman begins the menopausal transition it sometimes becomes necessary for her to seek conventional medications to treat her menopausal symptoms. These treatments carry the risk of cardiovascular disease. Thus, some woman prefer to use natural and herbal treatments to treat their menopausal symptoms because they don’t carry the risks of cardiovascular disease.
Again in regards to the menopause and its affect towards cardiovascular disease diet and exercise are important. Keeping a well maintained weight and increasing fruits and vegetables in your diet can help produce a healthy body and mind.
Menopause can be a stressful condition. Stress is just another factor which can cause strokes and heart attacks. Walking is a good stress reliever, as well as, an aid for an overall healthy body. No matter what concerns you have about menopause, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease or the combination of them you should always speak with a healthcare professional. They can help diagnose and aid in a healthy, possibly preventative treatment plan.