More women die of cardiovascular disease– or heart attack and stroke– than any other condition. In Fact, the American Heart Association states “more than one in three female adults has some form of cardiovascular disease.” Menopause itself is a natural cycle and is not the cause of cardiovascular disease, but after menopause, the risk of heart attack increases.
Low Estrogen Can Cause Cardiovascular Disease
During menopause and postmenopause, the period after menopause, estrogen levels in the body decrease. Low estrogen can cause cardiovascular disease. The Mayo Clinic comments “when your estrogen levels decline, your risk of cardiovascular disease increases.” The natural decrease in estrogen levels can increase the changes you may have a heart attack or stroke. The American Heart association discusses this link. They state “estrogen is believed to have a positive effect on the inner layer of artery wall, helping to keep blood vessels flexible. That means they can relax and expand to accommodate blood flow.” When the estrogen levels drop, it might mean that the heart has some added stress.
Your health Becomes Even More Important After Menopause
Your health is always important, but certain changes occur that make it even more so during and after menopause. Dr. Goldberg said from The American Heart Association said, “It’s important for women, as they approach menopause, to really take stock of their health.” The drop in estrogen levels can also change your metabolism, making it easier to gain weight. Since overweight individuals have a higher risk for heart disease and other serious conditions, eating right and exercising are essential. When you have reached menopause, it is a good idea to adopt a healthy lifestyle (if you haven’t already). Here’s what we recommend:
Include in your diet and lifestyle plan:
-150 minutes of moderate exercise every week
-plenty of vegetables
-protein sources such as poultry, fish and nuts
-spices and other antioxidant rich foods
-sugary treats and beverages
-cured and smoked meats
-drinking in excess
Do you have low estrogen levels? When your body is going through changes, it is always a good idea to see your Doctor. Here at Complete Care Centers, we have many providers who can talk about menopause and your increased risk for heart disease with you. There are solutions to get your hormones back in balance. They can also give you more information about how to live an anti-inflammatory lifestyle and reduce your risk for disease. Consider seeing a provider in order to really make the rest of your years, the best of your years.