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Female Aging - General Health

As a woman ages, proper nutrition via food and food supplements becomes critical. While aging women are more apt to use vitamin and mineral supplements than are men, they often defer to popular rather than scientific wisdom and take the wrong supplements. This, combined with poor eating habits and the increased nutritional requirements of aging, can easily can result in serious nutritional deficiencies and illness.

Menopause affects all women as they age. But yet, some women suffer few symptoms during this time, while others are devastated. The differences are the result of lifetime nutrition, exercise and general health, as well as and how a women's hormone levels change during this time. Women that have a hard time and suffer many symptoms during menopause often have other unrelated and undiagnosed health issues that add to their discomfort.

Osteopenia and Osteoporosis are becoming more and more common in older females. Both can be the result of nutritional deficiencies, particularly in calcium and vitamin D and both lead to increased bone fractures in older women. Prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as hormone imbalances also play an important role in the development of osteopenia, osteoporosis and other serious health issues.

All women should eat a varied diet that includes at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, and get at least 30 minutes of exercise daily. In addition, avoiding foods with high fat or sugar content, particularly those with trans-fats and high fructose corn syrup, is particularly important.

Many women do not realize that the changes leading to menopause begin when a women is in her thirties. Often their doctors do not recognize the symptoms either and they are subject to medical tests and procedures that do little for their overall health. Women in their thirties are frequently thought to be having thyroid problems when they are really encountering the beginning symptoms of menopause.

This section of this website provides a synopsis of some of the changes that occur in a woman's body as she begins to enter menopause. These changes begin in a woman's body when she is in her thirties and typically culminate with secession of her menstrual cycle when she is in her late forties or early fifties.

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