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According to the American Heart Association (AHA), more than one in three adult men has heart disease. Men around the age of 55 years are more likely than women to experience a heart attack.  Men often ignore the symptoms of a heart attack because they are uncertain about what they are feeling and don’t want to be embarrassed by a simple diagnosis, such as heartburn. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 50 percent of men who die from coronary heart disease....

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During menopause, the lining of the urethra becomes thinner, drier and less elastic because of declining estrogen levels. This can lead to an increased risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs), urine leakage or the need to urinate more often. Some women experience vaginal dryness or pain with sexual intercourse. Women also find they have a decreased libido. It’s common to feel less interested in sex during menopause.


Rapid bone loss is common during the perimenopausal years. Most women reach their peak bone density at age 25 to 30 years. After that, bone loss averages 0.13 percent per year, which accelerates to a 3-percent loss during the perimenopausal years. Bone loss can cause osteoporosis, which increases the risk of bone fractures.


Heart disease risk increases after menopause. Women who had their ovaries removed surgically at an early age have a higher risk of heart disease. Cholesterol profiles change, with the LDL (bad) cholesterol increasing.

Menopause is the absence of menstrual periods for 12 months – the time in a woman’s life when the ovaries cease to function and she can no longer reproduce. It is a gradual process that can occur as early as the 30s or as late as the 60s, though the average age is 51 years.


As a woman reaches menopause, her menstrual periods may occur more frequently or they may get farther and farther apart before stopping altogether. Common symptoms of menopause include fatigue, hot flashes, mood changes, stress, irritability and depression. Some women experience insomnia, headaches, joint and muscle aches and pains, changes in sex drive, bladder control problems, vaginal dryness and itching. Sometimes hot flashes are accompanied by night sweats, resulting in a lack of sleep and daytime tiredness. Complications some women may develop after menopause include heart disease and osteoporosis.


A hot flash – a feeling of warmth that spreads over the body, usually lasting between 30 seconds and 10 minutes – is common among women undergoing menopause. It is sometimes followed by perspiration, according to the National Institute on Aging. Hot flashes are likely due to a combination of biochemical and hormonal fluctuations brought on by declining estrogen levels. Most women experience hot flashes for a year or two after their final menstrual period.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF MENOPAUSE

HARLEENA SINGH

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Emotional and cognitive symptoms of menopause include memory problems, irritability, fatigue and rapid mood changes. Some women may find it hard to concentrate for long periods of time.


Some women report some degree of weight gain as they go through menopause. The distribution of body fat may change, being deposited more in the waist and abdominal area than in the hips and thighs. The skin texture may change, with wrinkles and even acne appearing, while some women may experience hair growth on the upper lip, chin, abdomen or chest.


Many natural products have been studied for their ability to relieve menopause symptoms, but none has clearly been shown to be helpful. Some can have harmful side effects or interact with other drugs. Leading a healthy lifestyle, including following a proper diet and exercise, helps women during menopause.


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National Institutes of Health (NIH) (www.nichd.nih.gov)

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