The theme of this year’s World Menopause Day on 18 October is “Heart Health Matters”. “Do what makes your heart healthy” says Professor Bronwyn Stuckey, President of the Australasian Menopause Society. “Although menopause is natural in most cases, hormonal changes and other factors can lead to heart disease”.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death and disease in post-menopausal women. Although it is generally a disease of ageing, the damage can start much earlier in life. Menopause is a good time to take stock of your health - assess your cardiovascular risk and introduce ways to reduce the risk of developing heart disease.
Risk factors for heart disease include smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. A heart-friendly lifestyle that includes a healthy diet and regular exercise will reduce your risk of heart disease. A heart-friendly lifestyle can also improve well-being and tolerance of menopausal symptoms, such as hot flushes.
Sixty percent of women will suffer moderate symptoms of menopause for 4-8 years, while 20% of women will suffer severe symptoms that can last into their 70s and 80s. Many women suffer in silence while their symptoms impact on their work, families and everyday life. Most symptoms can be alleviated if women see a GP who understands how to manage menopausal symptoms.
Experts in the field of menopause and women’s midlife health will gather at the Australasian Menopause Society’s 20th Annual Congress in Fremantle on 18-20 November. Internationally recognized expert in the fields of osteoporosis and bone density testing, Dr Mike McClung, will present to health professionals from all over Australia and New Zealand at the Congress.
The Society is also hosting a free Community Forum on Menopause and Healthy Bones at The Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, WA at 2-4pm on Sunday 20 November. Learn about common symptoms of menopause and ways to manage them. Understand osteoporosis and ways to improve your bone health. Ask questions of experts in the field of menopause and osteoporosis. Details about the forum can be found at www.menopause.org.au
For further information, contact:
0458 113 183