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Lose weight and get healthy during menopause, says Dr Sally Hope

Posted Dec 06 2010 11:15am

Women should seize the opportunity given by the menopause to get healthy, says family doctor Dr Sally Hope in a new section of the website devoted to menopause.

This website is packed with interviews of women discussing and describing their experiences of menopause.

Dr Hope is a GP in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, researches women’s health in the Department of Primary Health Care, University of Oxford, and is co-author of several books on the menopause.

She sees the menopausal years as an important time for women to improve their health, because they’re open to making changes to a better lifestyle.

Now’s the time, she says, to lose weight if you need to (but not too much – a BMI of 20-24 is recommended – lower than that, and you up the risk of osteoporosis). Follow a healthy diet, and take regular exercise, says Dr Hope, because being a healthy weight reduces your risk of breast cancer and improves your mental wellbeing. Twenty minutes of weight bearing exercise a day also helps your bones, “…so carrying the shopping back from the Co-op, improves your bone density, reduces the risk of osteoporosis and also helps your cardiovascular system. ”

This is a fascinating site – it’s so interesting to see and hear real women talking about the experience of the menopause, and to remind ourselves that we’re not alone – and things do get better.

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