Min­imis­ing symp­toms

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - HEALTH -

Keep up to date with reg­u­lar health checks with your GP, par­tic­u­larly pre­ven­tive health checks, such as your blood pres­sure – hy­per­ten­sion can cause hot flushes.

✔ Ex­er­cise: Ex­er­cise is es­sen­tial for the pre­ven­tion of chronic dis­ease and is also help­ful for man­ag­ing ir­ri­tabil­ity, help­ing you sleep and main­tain­ing a healthy weight, strong bones and mus­cles.

✔ Smok­ing: May worsen hot flushes and also in­creases the risk of heart and blood ves­sel dis­ease, as well as some can­cers.

✔ Al­co­hol: May worsen hot flushes, night sweats and in­som­nia, and it can in­crease your body weight and blood pres­sure.

✔ Nu­tri­tion: At­ten­tion to your diet is im­por­tant. Eat five serves of veg­eta­bles and two serves of fruit a day, and think about cal­cium for bone health.

✔ Dress sense: Dress­ing in lay­ers can help you man­age your way through hot flushes.

✔ Al­ter­na­tive ther­a­pies: Acupunc­ture is help­ful for some women for hot flushes, fa­tigue, anx­i­ety and sleep­ing prob­lems. Re­lax­ation strate­gies such as med­i­ta­tion, Tai Chi, yoga and breath­ing tech­niques can help al­le­vi­ate anx­i­ety, ir­ri­tabil­ity and sleep prob­lems.

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