Preparing for Menopause

Menopause is something that most women look toward with at least a little bit of trepidation. One of the biggest concerns, of course, is that menopause signals the shift to a later stage of life. Fortunately, with advances in medical science, it doesn’t mean that life is over. In fact, it is far from over. Today, many women live 30 or even 40 years after menopause fully sets in.

Still, there are some things you can do now in order to help prepare for menopause. Doing these things will help make that transition easier, and will improve your health after menopause as well.

Here are some of the best ways to prepare for menopause:

  • Get educated. Learn about how exactly your body is going to change, and why. Learn about women’s health issues after the age of 50. Find out what kinds of particular health risks women face. Talk about these concerns with your doctor, and talk with her about the best strategy for maintaining your long term health and preparing for menopause.
  • Start a wellness plan now. This should include things like a moderate exercise program, a balanced diet, and regular health checkups.
  • There are three major things you want to avoid to insure your health in the postmenopausal years: excess weight, smoking, and excessive alcohol use. Avoiding these things can greatly increase your cardiovascular system health, and will help reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
  • Do some things to strengthen your bones and hold off osteoporosis. You can do strength-training exercises to help with bone strength and to help prevent fractures. You should probably consider taking a calcium/Vitamin D supplement, especially as menopause approaches.
  • Eat smart. Limit the amount of salt that you get, and keep alcohol consumption to a moderate level. Try to eat foods that are high in antioxidant vitamins. If possible, eat fish a couple of times a week in order to get a sufficient amount of Omega-3 fatty acids.

Just because menopause is approaching rapidly doesn’t mean that your health has to deteriorate rapidly. By taking some steps now and preparing for menopause, you can prolong your life and increase the quality of your life for decades to come.