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Eating Your Way Through Menopause

Shawn A. Tassone, MD

Abstract
With the increasing numbers of women entering the baby boomer generation, and the
average age of menopause in the United States hovering around 51, now more than ever is an opportunity for health care providers to instruct female patients how to eat through menopause. The National Institutes of Health recognize women entering menopause are at an increased risk for chronic disease, and an increased reliance on medicines and the medical field (Bleil, 2011). The purpose of this paper is to examine some of the more common symptoms of menopause for which women turn to medication and devise a healthy dietary alternative geared towards improving symptoms with less reliance on risk-laden medications (Manson et al., 2003). The more common symptoms of menopause will be evaluated along with a discussion of research supporting nutrition as a possible corrective measure in easing the signs and symptoms of menopause. Symptoms evaluated in this paper are hot flashes, night sweats, irritability (mood swings), vaginal and breast changes, weight gain, insomnia, and thinning of the skin.

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