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What can I do to stay healthy during menopause?

While you can't stop menopause, you can prepare for its arrival. These strategies can help make your transition to menopause and your postmenopausal years healthy:
  • Be prepared for how and why your body will change.
  • Be informed about health issues after age 50.
  • Develop a wellness plan that includes regular health screenings, regular exercise and a healthy diet throughout the years ahead.
  • To improve your cardiovascular health and decrease your risk for osteoporosis, avoid smoking, weight gain and excessive alcohol consumption. (Moderate drinking for women is defined as one drink per day equaling one 12-ounce bottle of beer or wine cooler; one 5-ounce glass of wine or 1.5 ounces of 80 proof distilled spirits, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Anything beyond that is considered excessive.)
  • Eat a balanced diet.
  • Consider strength-training exercises and other weight-bearing exercises to increase your bone strength to prevent fractures as you age. Also consider taking dietary calcium and vitamin D, particularly if you're over 65.
Women today don't have to surrender to old age. Life after menopause can be as healthy, independent and fulfilling as any of the younger stages of a woman's life; many postmenopausal women find their lives more satisfying.

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