World Menopause Day

World Menopause Day was celebrated on October 18th raising awareness of the effect of the menopause on the health and wellbeing of women around the world. 

Menopause occurs when a woman’s body stops producing eggs, periods stop and there is a decline in oestrogen in the body.  This results in many changes in the body and can lead to a variety of symptoms including hot flushes, increase in stress and anxiety, sleep problems, weight gain and low mood and energy. How severe these symptoms are experienced vary between women.

This year the theme was focussed on bone health. The menopause increases your risk of developing osteoporosis (weak bones) due to reduced oestrogen in the body. It is estimated that 8.9 million fractures due to osteoporosis occur each year world wide.

The NHS recommends women follow the following advice to reduce their risk of developing osteoporosis:

  • taking HRT – HRT can help to prevent your bones getting weaker, although this effect does not tend to last after treatment stops

  • exercising regularly – including weight-bearing and resistance exercises

  • eating a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruit, vegetables and sources of calcium, such as low-fat milk and yoghurt

  • getting some sunlight – sunlight on your skin triggers the production of vitamin D, which can help to keep your bones strong

  • stopping smoking and cutting down on alcohol

  • taking calcium and/or vitamin D supplements if you do not feel you're getting enough of these – discuss this with your GP

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World Menopause Day