Before you say goodbye to your period for good, there are certain things that each woman should know. The changes that your body is going through, affect everything from your heart, liver, kidneys to your veins, nerves and bones. No woman looks forward to her menopause because that period of life means sleep problems, hot flashes and other hormone changes that affect her mood and health as well.
If you didn’t pay special attention to your health while you were young, there are big chances that you will have serious health issues during menopause. It would be good for every woman to regularly inspect their body and do regular health checks before their menopause happens but also after it happens.
When it happens for the first time, you will feel a bit strange but you have to understand that just like your period, menopause is something that is completely normal in your cycle of life. There is nothing strange about it, it just happens. Such is the course of life events. Each woman has an individual menopause experience. Some important facts that each woman should know are as follows.
If you manage 12 months without menstruation, that basically means that you have hit menopause. It takes a year without a period so that a woman can know for certain that she is in her menopause. The most common age when menopause occurs is around 51 although if it happens before 40, that is commonly known as early menopause. Most of the time, early menopause is a result of a medical condition or it runs in your family.
Early menopause occurs with those women who had their ovaries removed due to their medical condition or any particular health issues. In such cases, early menopause occurs immediately upon removal. The most common menopause symptoms are weight gain and hot flashes. The first one we all know what it is and the hot flashes are sudden rushes of warmth or intense feeling that can last up to several minutes. It happens during the night and it is known as night sweats.
Without a doubt, the single most important concern of the menopausal woman remains osteoporosis. Osteoporosis can only be prevented with the correct forms of calcium and magnesium in the proper ratio, in conjunction with vitamin D and K.
Like menopause, osteoporosis does not occur suddenly, but rather gradually, with a decrease in the ovulatory cycles beginning between the ages of 45 to 55, the timing varies greatly from individual to individual.
Several symptoms and complaints occur in postmenopausal women. These symptoms and complaints are both physical and emotional. Listed below are the major physical and emotional symptoms of menopause.
Osteoporosis is the normal loss of bone, which follows the menopause in women and occurs in all occurs in all individuals with advancing age.
Osteoporosis produces no symptoms or warning signs until a fracture occurs. Most typical are fractures of the wrist, hip, and collapse or ?crush? fractures of the spine, which produce deformity, loss of height, and severe curvature of the spine.
Osteoporosis develops less often in men than women because men have larger skeletons, bone loss starts later in life, and progresses more slowly.
There are multiple risk factors involved in osteoporosis. There are risk factors you cannot change and risk factors you can change.
The older you are, the greater your risk of osteoporosis. As we grow older our bones become less dense and weaker, regardless of gender.
As we age bones become less dense and weaker, regardless of gender, and calcium absorption becomes less efficient.
Calcium absorption becomes less efficient as we age.
Your chances of developing osteoporosis are 6 to 8 times greater if you are a woman than a man. Women have less bone tissue, begin to lose bone sooner, lose bone more rapidly than men, and calcium is drained from the bones during pregnancy and nursing.
Small, thin-bone women are at greater risk.
Caucasian and Asian women are at highest risk. African-American and Hispanic women have a lower but still significant risk.
People whose parents have a history of fractures are more likely to develop osteoporosis than those who do not have such a family history.
RISK FACTORS YOU CAN CHANGE
Clearly and indisputably the single most important factor in osteoporosis.
Research has clearly shown that physical inactivity and lack of exercise leads to bone loss, and lessens calcium absorption. Exercise increases the circulation and the absorption of calcium. It is very important to exercise at least five days a week moderately. At least 20 to 60 minutes per day without fail.
Swimming and bicycling are suggested. Increasingly doctors are recommending weight-bearing exercises such as brisk walking, aerobics, and light weightlifting.
Some elements which are crucial to bone integrity can be blocked by others. For example, aluminum can block fluoride and calcium absorption which will reflect badly upon the health of your bones. Therefore it’s important to know what medications you take.