Mood swings

Wellness Update - - Let's Talk Menopause -

• Try get­ting enough sleep and stay­ing

phys­i­cally ac­tive to feel your best. • Talk to your doc­tor to see if you may have

de­pres­sion, which is a se­ri­ous ill­ness. • Con­sider see­ing a ther­a­pist or join­ing a sup­port group. • If you are us­ing MHT for hot flashes or an­other menopause symp­tom, your mood swings may get bet­ter too.

Mem­ory prob­lems

• Get­ting enough sleep and keep­ing

phys­i­cally ac­tive may help. • If for­get­ful­ness or other men­tal prob­lems are

af­fect­ing your daily life, see your doc­tor.

Uri­nary in­con­ti­nence

• Ask your doc­tor about treat­ments, in­clud­ing medicines,

be­hav­ioral changes, cer­tain de­vices, and surgery.

Does menopause cause bone loss?

Lower es­tro­gen around the time of menopause leads to bone loss in women. Bone loss can cause bones to weaken, which can cause bones to break more eas­ily. When bones weaken a lot, the con­di­tion is called os­teo­poro­sis (OSS-tee-oh-puh-ROH-suhss). To keep your bones strong, women need weight­bear­ing ex­er­cise, such as walk­ing, climb­ing stairs, or us­ing weights. You can also pro­tect bone health by eat­ing foods rich in cal­cium and vi­ta­min D, or if needed, tak­ing cal­cium and vi­ta­min D sup­ple­ments. Not smok­ing also helps pro­tect your bones. Ask your doc­tor if you need a bone den­sity test. Your doc­tor can also sug­gest ways to pre­vent or treat os­teo­poro­sis.

Does menopause raise my chances of get­ting car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease?

Yes. Af­ter menopause, women are more likely to have car­dio­vas­cu­lar (kar-dee-oh-VAS-kuh-lur) prob­lems, like heart at­tacks and strokes. Changes in es­tro­gen lev­els may be part of the cause, but so is get­ting older. That's be­cause as you get older, you may gain weight and de­velop other health prob­lems that in­crease your risk of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease (CVD). Ask your doc­tor about im­por­tant tests like those for choles­terol and high blood pres­sure. Dis­cuss ways to pre­vent CVD. The fol­low­ing life­style changes also can help pre­vent CVD: • Not smok­ing and avoid­ing sec­ond­hand smoke • Ex­er­cis­ing • Fol­low­ing a healthy diet

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