If menopause symptoms are a problem talk with your

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If menopause symptoms are a problem, talk with your doctor. He or she can help you weigh the risks and benefits of menopausal hormone therapy, also known as hormone replacement therapy. Other treatments include low-dose birth control pills if
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you're perimenopausal; antidepressants, blood pressure drugs, or other medications to help with hot flashes; and vaginal estrogen cream. Your doctor may also have lifestyle tips about adjusting your diet, exercise, sleep, and stress management. . Get a checkup that includes measuring your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar and make appointments for routine screenings such as mammograms. . "For many women, perimenopause is much harder than menopause," says JoAnn Pinkerton, MD, medical director of the Midlife Health Center and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. "Because it is not well described, people are not expecting it. And symptoms vary from month to month, so it's hard to get a handle on it." s. "Most women are caretaking for other people, including teenagers and aging parents, and they may be working from home or the office," Pinkerton tells WebMD. "They stop putting themselves first. They're not exercising, they're stress eating, and they're not getting adequate amounts of sleep, all of which make it more difficult to go through this process." But here's the good news: There are many things you can do to improve symptoms -- during and after menopause -- including exercising, eating right, and getting enough sleep. For example, regular, weight-bearing cardiovascular exercise, such as walking and jogging, can protect your cardiovascular and bone health. Add some strength training to regular aerobic exercise and get an even greater boost in bone protection. Exercising in the morning and engaging in stress-reduction activities like yoga and Pilates may help you sleep better, too. . Common problems those going through the menopause may face and some foods to watch out Hot flushes Stop eating foods that are likely to trigger or worsen hot flushes and night sweats. For instance, avoid stimulants such as coffee chocolate and spicy foods, especially at night - they're notorious for setting off hot flushes. Tiredness Avoid snacking on sugary foods. All too often a sharp rise in your blood glucose level may be followed by a sharp dip, which leaves you feeling tired and drained. Choose fresh fruit with a few nuts on the side instead. Weight gain
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Many people associate the menopause with weight gain but, as we get older, we need fewer calories. Eating a bit less sounds like a simplistic solution, but it can help. Watch the amount of fat in your diet and cut back on sugar. Eat complex carbohydrates, such as brown grains, wholemeal pasta, bread and rice, as they will help balance blood sugar levels and keep you feeling fuller for longer. Due to lowering hormone levels and the natural aging process, many women find it harder to keep extra pounds off in their
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