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Why are healthy lifestyle habits helpful during menopause?

Dawn Marcus
Neurology
Adopting healthy lifestyle habits may be particularly important during menopause to control headaches and improve overall health. Increased belly fat has been linked to both increased risk for heart disease and an increased risk for hot flashes. A study of women in early menopause found that over half gained body fat during the first 3 years of menopause. On average, body fat increased by 2 percent each year. The women who gained body fat were also about 25 percent more likely to experience unpleasant menopause symptoms such as hot flashes. When you are starting menopause, make sure you assess your diet and increase your daily exercise to help keep your weight in check. Don't try skipping meals to reduce calories. Skipping meals commonly triggers headaches, and research shows that women who skip meals tend not to lose weight. Healthy sleep is also linked to improved weight management and headaches, so be sure to include healthy sleeping habits in your daily routine.
The Woman's Migraine Toolkit: Managing Your Headaches from Puberty to Menopause (A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum Wellness)

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The Woman's Migraine Toolkit: Managing Your Headaches from Puberty to Menopause (A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum Wellness)

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