Menopause is a natural event. Today, women can expect to live one third of their lives after menopause. That is powerful motivation to do everything you can to feel your best. Some women experience weight gain, especially around the middle, so diet and exercise can play a large roll in feeling good.
Eating a balanced diet, full of calcium and essential nutrients can help you stay healthy before, during and after menopause. There is increasing evidence that reducing the sugar in your diet can have an overall health bonus - helping to naturally lower cholesterol and reducing abdominal fat. Choose a low-fat, low-cholesterol and low sugar diet; that is rich in whole grains and lots of color. Deep greens, orange and red foods are nutrient dense.
It is hard to get enough calcium through your foods. It is recommended hat women aged 51 years and older need 1,200 mg of calcium per day. Ask your pharmacist to recommend the right supplement; make sure you add Vitamin D to the discussion.
Exercise is very important, especially as you get older. Regular exercise slows down bone loss and improves your overall health. Follow a program of regular weight-bearing exercise, such as walking and aerobics.