Increased health problems with menopause?


Question from Website Question: Is there an increased risk for health-related problems with menopause such as high cholesterol, heart attack, high blood pressure, and stroke?
Answers - Mindy Goldman, M.D. We do know that after menopause the risk of heart disease goes up. In fact, heart disease is the number one killer of women in the menopausal years. We also know that after menopause the risk of osteoporosis is increased, because estrogen helps to protect against bone loss. In order to help prevent against both of these conditions, it's important to have a healthy lifestyle and habits including regular exercise, maintaining a normal weight, not smoking, and minimizing the intake of alcohol. It's also important to take adequate amounts of calcium after menopause to help protect your bones. And if someone is not on hormonal therapy, the recommended amount is 1500mg per day.

On Wednesday, July 21, 2004, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Managing Menopausal Symptoms. Mindy Goldman, M.D. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answered your questions about how to manage menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes, vaginal dryness, loss of libido, and more.

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