Menopause And Metabolic Syndrome Risk In Women
The Better Life Experts | September 9, 2008

ATTENTION LADIES! This May Be You or Someone You Care About!

In a recent study published in The Archives of Internal Medicine (July 28, 2008), researchers reported that among 950 women who were followed for almost 10 years, the risk of developing Metabolic Syndrome increased during perimenopause, thereby increasing their risk of having a heart attack. So what does this all mean?

Perimenopause is defined as the time in a woman’s life when her body begins to change and enters menopause, also known as The Change of Life. This usually begins occurring somewhere in her 40s. Metabolic Syndrome refers to a cluster of risk factors that can lead to heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. According to research findings, the primary factors leading to these potentially deadly diseases are:

High blood pressure
Fat around the belly (abdominal area)
Obesity
High blood sugar (diabetes)
Low levels of HDH (the good) cholesterol
High levels of LDL (the bad) cholesterol
High triglycerides (a fancy name for fat in the bloodstream)
When, or if, a woman is diagnosed with any three of these conditions, she will be classified as an increased risk patient.

So what can a woman do if she discovers she falls into the increased risk category? This increased risk status not only increases her risk of serious health conditions, but it also increases the probability that her medical insurance premiums will be raised. The three most effective strategies recommended to reduce your personal risk include the following:

Do not smoke. If you are a smoker, QUIT!
Start eating a healthier diet.
Start a regular exercise program.
It has long been known that women generally have a lower risk of heart (cardiovascular) disease than men do before the age of 45 years. However after the age of 55 years, the trend reverses and women actually become more at risk for heart disease compared with men their age, especially if she has Metabolic Syndrome. The researchers concluded that something happens in a woman’s body between the ages of 45-55 that is related to hormonal and lifestyle changes, thus increasing her risk for heart disease.

So what’s a woman to do? Make the necessary changes that will work for you so that you can live a full and enjoyable life for all your days.

Here’s looking at you, Ladies!!!
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