(StatePoint) Menopause is often associated with troublesome symptoms like hot flashes and mood swings, yet even more serious health issues may be part of this life stage, such as heart disease.
The North American Menopause Society estimates that 6,000 US women reach menopause every day. That amounts to more than 2 million per year.
“Women experience a number of changes during menopause due to shifting hormones and lower levels of estrogen. Hot flashes, night sweats and fatigue can interfere with everyday activities. These symptoms can be severe and can occur for several years as the body adjusts to the reduced level of estrogen. We know that fluctuating hormones can also contribute to increased risk of heart disease and it’s important to take steps to manage that risk during menopause,” said nationally renowned natural health physician and author, Dr. Fred Pescatore.
There are several ways for women to manage menopause symptoms and heart health risks, said Dr. Pescatore.
Start with Your Diet
A healthy lifestyle typically starts with a nutritious diet and this becomes even more important during menopause. “For women experiencing menopause symptoms, I recommend adopting a diet filled with more vegetables, lean protein, nuts and seeds to support a healthier lifestyle and a healthier heart,” said Dr. Pescatore.
Stick with an Exercise Routine
One of the best things you can do to help your body and mind adjust to shifting hormone levels during menopause is to maintain an active lifestyle. “Just 30 minutes of cardio each day can really make a difference. Get moving. Try taking a brisk walk or a bike ride. You can even do things in your own home, like jumping jacks,” said Dr. Pescatore.
Add a Supplement
A new peer-reviewed clinical study shows that daily supplementation with the super-antioxidant, Pycnogenol (Pic-noj-en-all), can help reduce the symptoms of menopause and the related heart disease risk factors. “This study shows the effectiveness of Pycnogenol in alleviating perimenopause symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats and reducing key cardiovascular risk factors like high blood pressure,” said Dr. Pescatore.
This new study further expands on previous research conducted on hundreds of patients that shows the benefits of Pycnogenol for minimizing common, disruptive symptoms of menopause including night sweats, hot flashes, depression, anxiety and memory problems by supporting vascular relaxation, which allows the body to rid itself of excess heat.
“Pycnogenol is one of the most studied ingredients on the market with decades of research showing the benefits of this natural extract for a variety of health applications,” said Dr. Pescatore. It’s available in more than 700 dietary supplements, multi-vitamins and health products worldwide. For more information, visit pycnogenol.com.
Transitioning into menopause can create a host of new health concerns, but simple and natural lifestyle changes can make managing symptoms much easier.
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