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Positive Attitude, Planning May Help Women Through Menopause

(HealthDay News) A positive attitude and a little preparation can help women deal with menopause, according to an expert.

Women should start preparing when they experience perimenopause, the stage before menopause. Perimenopause typically begins in the 40s, but can start as early as the 30s, according to Dr. Karen Deighan…

Deighan offered the following tips:

  • Start exercising in order to prevent the 5- to 10-pound weight gain typical of menopause. Fluctuations in hormones can contribute to this weight gain. It's more difficult to prevent or lose those extra pounds if you wait until menopause to begin an exercise program.
  • Begin pelvic-floor-strengthening exercises such as kegels. Proper kegel exercises contract the pelvic-floor muscles, not the abdomen, thighs or buttocks.
  • Do weight-bearing exercises to keep bones strong and reduce the risk of fractures.

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Community: I had a positive attitude about menopause because I so looked forward to no longer having periods. It’s the best midlife present a woman can receive.

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