September is Menopause Awareness Month
For the past 5 decades, the American media have closely followed every new
Baby Boomer trend. Now with more than 5,000 women entering menopause per
day, this topic is an increasingly popular one. Sadly, however, most
women are still confused about where to get reliable medical information
about menopause, how they know they are in menopause, and what the important
health implications are.
The American Menopause Foundation has announced that September is Menopause
Awareness Month. They want women in their 40's and 50's--and their health care
providers--to make an extra effort this month to educate themselves about menopause
and how to best manage it.
The short term symptoms of menopause like hot flashes are well known, but only
affect 2 out of 3 menopausal women. More important are the long term health
consequences, such as bone loss, heart disease, and impaired memory. All of
these symptoms are caused or worsened by estrogen loss, which is what causes
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Created: 9/4/2001  - Donnica Moore, M.D.