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An Active Approach to Managing Menopause

Get Moving to Relieve Discomfort

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  • I am in menopause at the age of 38 , i have had to have a total hyst d/t problems, i have noticed for me the more water and less caffine i take in the better, high fiber and yes excercise helps. not only does it help with the side effects , it helps with my emmotions as well. The article was great and helps confirms what i want to do to help myself through this change in life .
    embrass it , because its gonna happen.
    - 5/20/2008 11:13:36 AM
  • ALEX67
    I 'am going thru all the menopause problems,sleeping is the worst right up there with hot flashes.I finally started exercising with my daughter in law and i felt a little relief ,then she quit exercising and i just stopped and it got worse again.Now I found the spark people and i think i will have the motivation I need to try again.I also hate going out because the hot flashes feel so noticeable and it is very embarrassing.When they start i feel sick a little and just want to stay still until i cool down,is this normal?Does anyone eles feel this?
    - 4/8/2008 12:32:51 AM
  • COOLINJEANS
    Good article...... I exercise daily, doing weight training two to three days a week.
    Eating ground flax seed has kept the hot flashes at bay.........
    I used to drink raw milk while growing up and the milk we buy today is not the same...all the processing has killed off the good benefits, and it can't be replaced by adding vitamins and minerals as man can't replace what they destroyed.
    Soy mik isn't made from fermented soy beans so it isn't any good either................gotta find me a goat!!! - 4/7/2008 2:25:47 PM
  • My husband has been telling me for a few years that he is sure I am entering the zone of menopause. LOL!! If I am, I wish my "friend" would go away. LOL!!
    This article was great. I too have found I am having more severe mood reactions to simple situations and exercise has helped me! Also, before I started exercising regularly, I was so stiff in the morning I could hardly get out of bed. Now I don't even think about it. Other than some chronic, annoying pain in my hips (which I actually think is from the heels I insist on wearing everyday), I am painfree most of the time!! - 3/29/2008 12:38:56 PM
  • Great article. When I was 45 I went for my physical and told the doctor I thought about jumping off a bridge about a 100 times a day. He said "That is a little excessive." He started me on Prozac and it made me feel NORMAL again. He explained to me that depression was a real perimenapausal problem. I wish I'd have had Sparkpeople then to help teach me about exercise and diet. - 3/28/2008 7:28:48 PM
  • The part of the article that really got me was..."theyíre also more likely to suffer stiffness and chronic back pain, irregularity, poor circulation, shortness of breath, weak muscles, depression, and sleep disturbances"...all I could think was how did she know?!? This article's a keeper and now in my 'favorites'! - 3/27/2008 5:09:06 PM
  • COOLINJEANS
    Super article, exercise got me through menopause. I never really had all the horrible symptoms, I hear other ladies talking about. Even the peri-menopause wasn't anything to complain about.....the periods just petered out and one month stopped and that was it...... - 3/21/2008 9:54:52 PM
  • UPANDDOWNTC
    I started having some tell tale 'signs" over 2 yrs.ago at age 38., just before I started my weight loss program. I've been working out 3-4 times a week, working with weights and generally spending less time on the sofa! low and behold a few months ago I started having hot flashes and night sweats! I didn't start this quest to manage menopause so I won't quit just because it's not helping me. Just know, it doesn't help everyone! - 3/20/2008 10:59:17 PM
  • ADELLH
    This article was timely for me. I recently was diagnosed with uterine tumors and am now facing a hysterectomy. I am not thrilled about the idea and even less happy with the doctor's requirements for no running (my passion) for at least 5 weeks. This article will help me handle the onset of menopause after the surgery and keep me motivated to return to my running lifestyle. Thanks for the right information at just the right time! - 3/20/2008 2:38:19 PM
  • There is an article in Health News on this site that is about a new study and exercise easing some of the symptoms of menopause. Unfortunately, this study states it did not help with hot flashes, just the ability to cope with them. It does say that exercise was great for stress reduction and depression.

    If you're having a problem with nite sweats and hotflashes, cohosh or flaxseed/flaxseed oil seem to be quite popular. I personally came upon the flax for something else and it worked absolutely terrific for controling both the above symptoms. - 3/20/2008 9:46:16 AM
  • WOMPUSS
    I just started having the "power surges" as I call them. This article is one more reason for me to get up and get going! - 3/20/2008 9:21:22 AM
  • BODYLINE1
    This article works as a great MOTIVATOR for all those premenopausal women who have been working out regularly.
    in fact i have experienced that working out at least 5 times per week have actually helped me regulate my period/mood/ weight etc etc!! l - 3/20/2008 6:35:03 AM
  • LIZSCHMIDT1
    Great article!! I work in a warehouse and also belong to a gym. I manage to work out for an hour 3 to 4 days a week but still experience extreme hot flashes. While I have lost 12 pounds the bulge around my mid-section refuses to go away. I am also interested in finding out about natural supplements to help me lose this menopausal belly-fat . - 3/20/2008 5:40:39 AM
  • I feel lucky, I have experienced hot flashes now and then, I do not know if in the future I will get worst or I will go without experiencing bad ones. I excercise regularly but I thing taking soy isoflavines have helped me. - 3/19/2008 11:21:11 PM
  • JAMIELOUISE
    It's great to see finally see an article on menopause...I'm sure there are a lot of women who would love to see more on this topic...what changes to expect and how to manage weight!! Many thanks for this article, keep up the good work!! - 3/19/2008 10:17:50 PM

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