Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Tackle Menopause with Central Ozarks Medical Center

We are in the middle of Fall 2018 which means the holiday season is right around the corner. Christmas and Thanksgiving can be such an exciting time of year, from catching up with family and friends to chowing down on some good, old-fashioned home cooked meals, but it can also be a little stressful. Preparing for the holidays and getting all the Christmas presents purchased in time and wrapped, finding all of the ingredients for your family Thanksgiving recipes, and cooking the most wonderful meals can be exhausting. It can feel like a full time job and you probably already have one of those. Don't let your menopause symptoms get in the way of you having fun getting ready for the holidays. Central Ozarks Medical Center is here to give you a few helpful tips for dealing with menopause. For women's health providers at the Lake of the Ozarks, you can count on, call one of our Mid Missouri health clinics today. Our phone numbers, locations, and directions can all be found on our website at

Symptoms of Menopause

Symptoms you may experience that could mean you are entering into menopause could include:

  • Panic disorder
  • Breast pain
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Burning tongue
  • Electric shock sensation
  • Digestive problems
  • Gum problems
  • Muscle tension
  • Itchy, crawly skin
  • Tingling extremities
  • Osteoporosis
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Irregular periods
  • Loss of libido
  • Vaginal Dryness
  • Mood swings
  • Hair loss or thinning
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disorders
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory lapses
  • Dizziness
  • Weight gain 
  • Incontinence
  • Bloating
  • Allergies
  • Brittle nails
  • Changes in body odor
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Depression
  • Anxiety 
  • Irritability

Exercise on a Regular Basis

Regular exercise can lead to:

  • improved energy
  • improved metabolism
  • healthier joints
  • healthier bones
  • better sleep
  • decreased stress

Eat Foods That Have Plenty of Calcium and Vitamin D
Hormonal changes that can happen during menopause can cause your bones to weaken. This can lead to osteoporosis. Foods high in vitamin D and calcium are linked to good bone health, so it's essential that you eat plenty of these types of foods. For calcium-rich foods, try eating foods or drinking liquids such as:

  • yogurt
  • milk
  • cheese
  • kale
  • tofu
  • beans
  • sardines

For foods with Vitamin D, try eating:

  • oily fish
  • eggs

Avoid "Trigger Foods"
There are foods that can trigger hot flashes, such as foods or drinks that contain:

  • alcohol
  • caffeine
  • foods that are spicy or sugary

Eat Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables
Eating lots of fruits and vegetable can help prevent many menopause symptoms. Fruits and vegetable can be low in calories, so that helps with weight loss and maintenance. Fruits and vegetables have also been known to help prevent heart disease. This is significant because the risk of heart disease tends to increase after menopause.

Achieve and Maintain a Healthy Body Weight
It can be very common to gain weight during menopause. According to healthline, one study of 17,473 postmenopausal women found that those who lost at least 10 lbs (4.5 kg) of weight or 10% of their body weight over a year were more likely to eliminate hot flashes and night sweat.

Tackle Menopause with Central Ozarks Medical Center

Central Ozarks Medical Center Physicians recognize the unique medical needs of women and provide a variety of medical services designed with you in mind. Through each stage of your life COMC physicians tailor wellness and preventative care to meet you where you are.  For more information, visit our website at

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