Published on June 14, 2016

Q&A: A change for the better for women

Has it been at least a year since your last menstrual period?

Then you’re officially postmenopausal. It’s a time that comes with new health issues, many of which are related to your body’s lower levels of the hormone estrogen.

Joan AddleyJoan Addley, DO, Family Medicine Physician at Mercy Primary Care, offers advice on how to stay as healthy and vibrant as you can.

What can I do to keep my bones strong?

Estrogen played a big role in making your bones strong. Now that you have less estrogen, you’re at risk for osteoporosis. This is a disease in which bones become weak and can break more easily.

But there are several ways you can help protect them. First, take vitamin D and a calcium supplement. Secondly, be sure to exercise regularly and make strength training part of your routine.

How can I lower my risk for heart disease?

Say goodbye to any unhealthy habits like smoking or overeating. Replace high-fat and high-sodium foods with more fruits and vegetables. Reduce the toll that stress can take on your body by exercising and getting enough sleep. Check in with your doctor regularly so that he or she can monitor your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels. And be sure to take time to celebrate your

Is weight gain inevitable?

Not at all! See my advice above. Exercise and a healthy diet can help you keep a healthy heart and waistline. Plus, these habits can help lower your risk for both high blood pressure and diabetes.