It really is worth trying really hard to lose weight if you are menopausal! A new study looking at the effects of weight loss on urinary symptoms in menopausal women also showed a reduction in menopausal symptoms. Weight loss of course also reduces cardiovascular risk, which increases in women after the menopause and is by far the number one cause of death in postmenopausal women. Use the time of the menopause to think about diet and lifestyle factors which can not only reduce menopausal symptoms, but also reduce risk of later health problems.
Woman's Hour featured an interesting discussion on HRT, listen again at www.menopausematters.co.uk/podcasts.php
The WHI trial continues to hit the headlines, the latest confirming the finding that women in the trial who had had a hysterectomy and took estrogen only, had a lower risk of breast cancer than those taking placebo. Increasingly, estrogen has been shown to have many benefits and HRT should be seen as an important option for treating menopausal symptoms.
We have upgraded our website to include a new section on Premature Menopause at www.menopausematters.co.uk/prematuremenopause.php , information on psychological symptoms of the menopause at www.menopausematters.co.uk/psychological.php , an updated section on Contraception at www.menopausematters.co.uk/contra1.php and a redesigned index which is clearer and easy to navigate.
Finally, issue 22 of Menopause Matters magazine is now available and you can subscribe for only £15.00 per year. Subscriptions help us to continue to fund and develop Menopause Matters, helping women UK-wide, and world-wide.