Menopause Health Matters

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Menopause Health Matters (MHM) is an independent health and wellness website and blog. Helping women to be their own health advocate by providing answers and references to assist in making informed choices about lifestyle changes and treatments and how these can impact their transition through the stages of perimenopause through to postmenopause. Reaching menopause does not have to have a negative impact and can be a time for positive change.  In China menopause is known as the ‘Second Spring’. A time when women find a new and more confident voice, a new beginning!

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Yoga for Menopause

Yoga for menopause relief, yes or no? There are many differing opinions on whether or not yoga helps to relieve menopause symptoms, however, there have been a couple of studies that conclude that yoga is fairly effective and is strongly recommended to all women of menopausal age. So, let’s explore the theories… Although HRT remains the most effective treatment for menopause symptom relief, some women choose to go via the natural route and many women are choosing to make diet and lifestyle changes and for many this includes yoga. Yogic lifestyle is a way of living which aims to improve the body, mind and day to day life. The most commonly performed practices are postures (asana), controlled breathing (pranayama) and meditation (dhyana). Yoga has been utilized as a therapeutic tool to achieve positive health and control and cure diseases. The exact mechanism as to how yoga helps in various disease states is unknown, however, one train of through is that there could be neuro-hormonal pathways with a selective effect in each pathological situation. There have been multiple studies that have combined the many aspect of menopause into a general yoga session in order to investigate its effects on menopausal symptoms.   Benefits of Yoga for Menopause An integrated approach of yoga therapy can improve hot flushes and night sweats. It can also improve cognitive functions such as remote memory, mental balance, attention and concentration. Yoga is known to have a beneficial effect in the blood and cells by providing more oxygen and improving tis flow in the body which results in holistic wellness. Increasing evidence suggests that even short...

Valentine’s Day Menu

Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching and if, like your curious nutritionist, you have ever wondered about the origins of this day, there’s several different theories. One theory is that it dates from Roman times in the form of a fertility festival dedicated to the God of Agriculture, Faunus. With priests and naked men gently (!) slapping women with goat hides in the belief that it made them more fertile, followed by a match making event with names drawn out of jars and couples spending a year of passion together. The catholic church recognised a few Saint Valentines, with legends linking these Saints to saving Christians and performing secret marriages as Emperor Claudius II believed that single men made better soldiers. Roll forward to the present day and you could argue that Valentine’s Day has now become far too commercial. Are we at risk of going through the motions without truly thinking what this day should be about?!  Yes, we have one day a year where we celebrate love, but loving and cherishing others should not come with a price tag. It is something we should be conscious of all the time, and not just shown with flowers and a present once a year (though if my husband was to just once bring me flowers and a gift, I’d be delighted 😊). I am also very aware that others of us do not have a special ‘other’ to share the current day with them. Valentine’s day should indeed be a time to celebrate love and life, past, present and future, and if we include in its definition, self-love, the importance...

Six Healthy Habits for Optimal Health in 2018

January is a very strange month.  A month where we ‘detoxify’, ‘eliminate’ and ‘cleanse’ our lovely bodies after 2-3 weeks of festivities.  It’s wonderful that with the beginning of the New Year we take stock and think about healthy habits to keep us fit and strong. But truly, we don’t need to follow restrictive diets or punish our bodies with a hard-core fitness programme. The research shows that very few of us achieve our New Year’s resolutions.  An interesting study highlights that the best way for us to achieve our resolutions is by setting tougher, rather than easier goals, but allowing and forgiving yourself for the odd lapse! It is truly a question of changing habits and finding a ‘balance’ with a sprinkling of flexibility.  It does not have to be all or nothing. You do not need to be extreme, but the goals should be (just slightly!) challenging to keep you motivated. The most common New Year’s resolution are (no surprise) to eat more healthily and to move more. Six Healthy Habits for Optimal Health Your favourite Menopause Health Matters Nutritionist, Charlotte Debeugney has selected ‘six healthy habits for optimal health’ and added some expert tips to help you stay happy, healthy and strong in 2018. No. 1  Aim for 10,000 steps a day Exercise can reduce your risk of chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.  It can lower levels of stress and anxiety through the release of neurotransmitters (‘messengers’) which promote calmness and well-being. It can help to build and maintain both bone density and muscle mass. It’s an anti-aging potion as it...

Menopause Hair Loss, How To Regain Your Confidence

You might have been somewhat prepared for most of the common menopause symptoms, but you may not have expected to experience thinning hair. Despite the fact that menopause is a common cause of hair loss in women, it still takes a lot of us by surprise. So what can we do about it? As you probably know, oestrogen levels decline during menopause, whilst testosterone levels increase. What you may not know, however, is that oestrogen is important for promoting hair growth. This means that as we lose oestrogen, we lose the ability to grow strong, youthful hair. Some areas of your scalp may stop producing hair, whilst the hair that does grow is likely to be thinner than before. The most common type of hair loss following menopause is androgenic alopecia and this is characterised by an overall thinning out of the hair. Many women find the most noticeable areas are  the crown and the frontal area. Some women may experience a receding hair line but most common is a thinning area right at the front which allows the light to shine through to the scalp. If you are a woman who once had very thick and luscious hair, this loss can be very difficult to deal with as suddenly your hair styles don’t seem to work. If you have always had fine or thin hair, the loss can be quite devastating. Very often female hair loss leads to a lack of self-esteem along with a lack of confidence. After combing the internet for possible solutions and even going so far as trying some of the shampoos, lotions and...

In November 2016, The Faculty of Occupational Medicine of The Royal College of Physicians UK, issued Guidance on Menopause and the Workplace. You can download the pdf here.

In November 2015, NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) UK, issued the first guideline on diagnosis and management. You can find the guideline for professionals and a simplified version for women patients here.

Menopause is simply the natural evidence of the maturing feminine body, something that has been treated as an unnecessary taboo in our culture. It’s not a secret that growing older holds a lot of social, psychological and physiological weight for some women. Thankfully, due to the number of emerging female voices and influences, the collective attitude is becoming more positive and empowering.

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