Three factors affect how you age and how you experience menopause:
- Lifestyle: diet, exercise, weight, smoking, environment
- Genetic makeup: the genes that come from your parents, the blueprint of your constitution and perhaps your future health
- Hormones: estrogen, progesterone, and others
All of these factors have a major influence on how you experience aging. No single factor determines your progress through life or how you'll feel.
"Menopause is a wake-up call to a new phase of your life, and so is breast cancer. Two wake-up calls can be more than most people can handle, but what's the choice? You sure can't go back to sleep. So get up and decide what you're doing today—and on into the years ahead."-- Kutluk Oktay, M.D.