The best approach to menopause is to follow a healthy regimen. That includes dealing with smoking, nutrition, exercise, weight management, and stress reduction.
Smoking is a leading cause of preventable illness and premature death. It increases the risk for heart and lung disease and osteoporosis, as well as lung and cervical cancer. It increases the risk for Alzheimer's disease. Smokers also may experience menopause up to two years earlier than nonsmokers. Your health care provider can offer help to quit smoking.
A healthy diet is one low in saturated fat and high in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and plenty of water. If you are in perimenopause or beyond, however, you have special concerns: Both heart disease and osteoporosis are greatly affected by diet.Learn more about living with Menopause ›