• Health concerns during menopause

    Health concerns during menopause

    There are numerous health concerns during menopause, including increased risk of certain conditions and changes in body composition, muscle mass and bone mass. Interventions include diet, exercise, supplements and hormonal replacement therapy. What is menopause? Menopause is defined as the final menstrual period. In practice it can difficult to identify menopause as periods start changing (e.g. they can become irregular) years before that last one. The last menstrual period is considered “the last” if there are no other periods in the 12 months that follow. The time before menopause is called perimenopause, and the time after that last menstrual period is called postmenopause (1). Menopause normally happens around 50 years…