Looking for a way to ease your menopause or perimenopause symptoms? Diet and exercise can be key. While hormone replacement therapy can be helpful in this regard, “it’s not for everybody and it doesn’t solve every menopause-related problem,” says Dr. Suzanne Koven, Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and author of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Say Hello to a Better Body! Watch Dr. Koven talk about reducing the severity of menopause symptoms:
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Menopause symptoms include: weight gain, joint pain, dry skin, decreased sexual function, and hot flashes. After menopause, risks are heightened in women for diseases like osteoporosis, coronary artery disease and breast cancer so diet and exercise can definitely help ward off those, as well.
“Don’t think that you have to live with the health risks of menopause and, particularly, the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause, just because you’ve decide that medication isn’t for you,” Dr. Koven said.
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