Menopause is a pivotal point in every woman’s life, and it’s the perfect time to reevaluate your lifestyle and make proactive changes to benefit both your body and your attitude for years to come. As you may already know, the onset of menopause is gradual, and women experience different symptoms at different times—or not at all. By understanding how to manage the various effects menopause has on the body (and your skin), you can prevent them from managing you.
1. It makes your bones more fragile.
Bone density dramatically decreases after menopause, making your bones more fragile and increasing your risk of fractures, a condition known as osteoporosis.
What you can do: A diet rich in calcium, vitamin D and protein is the best way to prevent density loss. While commonly recommended, dairy isn’t the only way to get these extra nutrients. Leafy greens (especially kale and bok choy), salmon, white beans, almonds and even oranges are great options too.
2. It makes you more susceptible to heart problems.
Most women think of cardiovascular disease as more of a male health threat, but the risk for women increases after menopause.
What you can do: Exercise is essential for a healthy heart, as it helps keep cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes and stress in check. As an added bonus, regular physical activity has been linked to better sleep and improved well-being in menopausal women.
3. It makes it harder for you to lose weight.
Many women mistakenly believe that the hormonal changes associated with menopause lead to weight gain. While it is true that women begin to have more trouble shedding pounds in the years leading up to menopause, hormone fluctuations cause fat to accumulate around the abdomen and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.
What you can do: Committing to a healthy diet is key for preventing weight gain, and studies have also shown that a lower body mass index (BMI) can reduce other menopause symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats. Strive for a well-balanced diet that includes fruit, vegetables, dairy, protein and carbohydrates—and limit fat, sugar and salt.
4. It can make you look older.
Years of environmental damage before menopause have likely made their presence known on your skin in the form of wrinkles, rough texture and loss of density. The rapid decline of collagen and lipids during and after menopause can cause these sudden changes in appearance.
What you can do: It’s important to use skin care products formulated with the needs of menopausal women in mind. The proper products and ingredients can help protect against further damage and improve visible skin changes. We recommend Vichy’s Neovadiol range, which is rich in potent anti-aging ingredients like omega fatty acids and soy extracts.