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Menopause is a normal process in which your ability to get pregnant comes to an end. This process happens slowly over many months or years, usually between the ages of 48 and 55. Menopause is complete when you have missed your menstrual period for 12 months.
It is important to talk with your health care provider about some of the most common conditions that affect women after menopause (postmenopausal women). These include heart disease, cancer, and bone loss (osteoporosis). Adopting a healthy lifestyle and getting preventive care can help to promote your health and wellness. The actions you take can also lower your chances of developing some of these common conditions.
Talk with your health care provider about treatment options for your symptoms.
The risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke increases as you age. One of the causes may be a change in the body's hormones during menopause. This can affect how your body uses dietary fats, triglycerides, and cholesterol. Heart attack and stroke are medical emergencies. There are many things that you can do to help prevent heart disease and stroke.
Watch your blood pressure
Eat a healthy diet
Get regular exercise
Smoking and drinking excessive alcohol increase the risk of osteoporosis. Eat foods that are rich in calcium and vitamin D, and do weight-bearing exercises several times each week as directed by your health care provider.
Talk with your health care provider if you think that you are experiencing any of these symptoms.
Your health care provider may also recommend other immunizations.
Tell your health care provider if you have ever been abused or do not feel safe at home.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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