Health Risks That Increase After Menopause
After menopause, your risk of certain medical conditions increases. Examples include:

Cardiovascular disease.  When your estrogen levels decline, your risk of cardiovascular disease increases.  Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women as well as in men. So it's important to get regular exercise, eat a healthy diet and maintain a normal weight. 

Osteoporosis. This condition causes bones to become brittle and weak, leading to an increased risk of fractures. During the first few years after menopause, you may lose bone density at a rapid rate, increasing your risk of osteoporosis. Postmenopausal women with osteoporosis are especially susceptible to fractures of their spine, hips and wrists.

Urinary incontinence. As the tissues of your vagina and urethra lose elasticity, you may experience frequent, sudden, strong urges to urinate, followed by an involuntary loss of urine (urge incontinence), or the loss of urine with coughing, laughing or lifting (stress incontinence).  You may also get urinary tract infections more often.

Sexual function. Vaginal dryness from decreased moisture production and loss of elasticity can cause discomfort and slight bleeding during sexual intercourse. Also, decreased sensation may reduce your desire for sexual activity (libido).

Weight gain.  Many women gain weight during the menopausal transition and after menopause because metabolism slows.  You may need to eat less and exercise more, just to maintain your current weight.

I hope you enjoyed this article and found it helpful!  If you would like to speak to me directly about anything related to this post, please reach out to me here.  Have a great week!

~ Jennifer


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