How can we Prevent Menopause?
Menopause occurs due to the loss of function of the ovaries as the ovaries have a limited numbers of eggs. An egg undergoes changes during its development in each menstrual cycle to form a mature ovum or egg. During this development, the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone are secreted. When there are no more eggs in the ovary the mature ovum and the hormones are not formed and the woman enters menopause. Although this is inevitable, the age of menopause can vary. So in a way you cannot prevent menopause, you can just delay it and control the severity of symptoms. Read on to know how to delay menopause.
According to studies early menopause is more likely in women who smoke than women who don’t smoke. Smoking affects the way your body uses oestrogen and lowers the level of this important female hormone. Some researchers consider that smoking can probably affect the menstrual cycle as well. Quitting can significantly reduce the risk of early menopause. Besides this smoking probably worsens the symptoms associated with menopause.
Eat soy and whole grains
Include foods which have phytoestrogens such as soy and whole grains in your diet. Menopause occurs due to a decline in oestrogen levels. Phytoestrogens possibly stimulate natural hormone production, thus maintaining the oestrogen levels in your body and putting off menopause.
Include meat in your diet
Vegetarian diets possibly lead to early menopause. According to some researches, women who have balanced diets that include meat and chicken, enter menopause at a later age as compared to women who are vegetarians. The exact relation between diet and menopause is not known, but possibly meat in diet reduces androgens whereas it is produced more in people who eat vegetarian diets. Currently research is being done on the importance of androgens in women’s health.
Regular exercise for about 20 to 30 minutes on most days of the week, can improve your overall health. Exercise also helps to strengthen the bones, muscles and can improve sleep. Besides these exercise also keeps oestrogen production normal for longer than usual.
Maintain healthy body weight
Some research suggests that being underweight probably leads to early menopause. Being underweight affects the hormonal balances; it reduces the amount of oestrogen that is secreted and leads to early menopause.
All these may delay your menopause but, remember that most causes of early menopause cannot be controlled. Therefore, rather than getting overworked by menopause accept it as a part of being a woman and look forward to entering a new phase of life.
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Feb 21, 2012
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