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Coping with ageing

Here are some tips on how to alleviate the physical and mental symptoms of menopause.

Do I look fat? This question (decides the fate of every new dress and scares away most men. But who can blame a woman for being over-sensitive? Fact remains that menopausal women have a greater tendency to put on weight. During this phase, she starts having irregular periods, which eventually stop altogether as her oestrogen levels drop.

Every menopausal woman MUST monitor her fat intake for the chief reason that oestrogen acts as a natural heart guard. Due to the loss of oestrogen, she becomes more vulnerable to heart disease. This is why women should limit consumption of meats that are high in saturated fats such as beef and chicken as these might reduce the body's ability to metabolise oestrogen.

Oestrogen has important responsibilities. Bestowing a woman with her feminine traits, it causes her to store fat around her hips. Only problem is, when her oestrogen levels drop, her weight stops going to her hips and gets redirected to her tummy area instead. Too much weight gained around the tummy area is dangerous as abdominal obesity is a serious risk factor for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and hypertension.

That said, should we blame weight gain entirely on menopause? Not really. Ageing is a major factor. As we age, the digestive tract becomes less efficient. It takes longer for us to metabolise food. We need fewer calories. Plus our bodies do not handle non- nutritional foods (high in calories) as well as they did when we were young and sprightly.

Despite the odds, we still need the same amount of vitamins and minerals, if not more. Then there are the mid-life crises to contend with... Children leaving the coop, retirement approaching. Parents ageing rapidly. All these can lead to anxiety, sleeplessness and depression, causing a woman to become careless, diet-wise.

     
     

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