Tomorrow (10 October 2014) is World Menopause Day and the International Menopause Society (IMS), supported by the British Menopause Society (BMS), has published a White Paper in Climacteric on preventing diseases after the menopause.
With an increasing older population and life expectancy, more UK women are living into their 80s and beyond. Apart from the normal effects of ageing, women are more prone to chronic conditions such as osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease following the menopause. There is also a higher incidence of gynaecological cancer and dementia after menopause.
In order to maintain a good quality of life, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has advocated that the NHS incorporates the life-course approach into everything that it does. It includes ensuring that women undergoing the menopause are aware of the simple and effective lifestyle interventions that will improve their health.
Good diet and nutrition, along with regular physical activity and exercise, have been shown to improve the general health and wellbeing of older adults. Similarly social interaction and contact are also important for mental and emotional wellbeing. Some women may require pharmacological treatment to help alleviate the symptoms of the menopause. If this is the case, they should discuss what options are available to them with their GP or specialist.
Dr David Richmond, RCOG President said, “With the increase in lifestyle diseases such as obesity, diabetes and stress-related disorders, we need to ensure that as healthcare professionals, we take every opportunity we can to counsel women on what they need to do now so that they can go on to living longer and healthier lives. This will include diet, alcohol advice, exercise and weight management. The promotion of health is crucial throughout life and even more so in this period of life.”
Information and advice from the IMS can be found here.
Find out more information about the British Menopause Society’s Mind the Gap campaign which seeks to educate women about their healthcare needs during and after the menopause.