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Health Tip: Managing Menopause

Stay healthy as you age

(HealthDay News) -- While menopause was once dreaded by many women, today's women are leading happy, healthy and productive lives. The key to staying youthful and active is good nutrition and regular physical exercise.

The Baptist Health System, in Knoxville, Tenn., suggests these tips to promote healthy living after menopause:

  • If you are considering hormone replacement therapy, the decision to start should be made only after you and your doctor have evaluated the risks and benefits, based on your medical history.
  • Eat a low-fat, high-fiber diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Reduce consumption of saturated fats.
  • Do not smoke, since it a major heart-health and cancer risk.
  • Exercise regularly. Even moderate exercise, such as walking a half-hour three times a week, is beneficial.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Take medication for high blood pressure or to reduce your cholesterol, if prescribed by your physician. This will help minimize your risk for heart disease.
  • Learn ways to relax and reduce the stress in your life.
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