Friday Facts-World Menopause Day

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I never knew that October 18th is World Menopause Day!!  I am not there yet but It’s best to be prepared for the next stages of your life.  Knowing the facts and tips to get you through the experiences.  

World Menopause Day began in 1984, making this year’s international celebration the 30th annual day of recognition for hot flashes, night sweats and everything else menopausal.  Menopause is the permanent end of menstruation. It’s a turning point, not a disease, but it can have a big impact on a woman’s wellbeing.  On average, women are 51 at natural menopause, notes the National Institute on Aging. But menopause can start earlier or later. A few women start menopause as young as 40, and a very small percentage as late as 60. Women who smoke tend to go through menopause a few years earlier than nonsmokers.

One of the smartest things a woman can do as she transitions to menopause and afterward is to get regular physical activity. That includes aerobic exercise for her heart and weight-bearing exercise for her bones — both of which may help ward off weight gain and provide a mood boost. Even if a woman hasn’t been very active in her younger years, it’s never too late to start. Menopause is a new beginning, and the perfect time to weave more activity into your life.

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