The Drs: Menopause Warning Signs
After seeing the EKOS Pulmonary Embolism procedure & Artificial Pancreas, The Doctors looked at more new technology, including the OxyView Glasses. Menopause is a part of life for women. But did you know that it brings increased risk of diseases like Diabetes and Osteoporosis? Dr Lisa Masterson said there are three common symptoms that women associate with Menopause.
- Hot Flashes
- Night Sweats
- Mood Swings
Dr Freda Lewis-Hall from Pfizer returned to The Doctors to share more about what happens when the body’s natural Menstrual Cycles wind down. “That is also a time that marks important changes in both your body and in your hormones,” she said.
Estrogen and Progesterone decline with Menopause, which kicks in around age 51. About one year after your periods end is a good benchmark. You can be tested to determine whether you are actually in Menopause.
Menopause: Diabetes & Osteoporosis Risk
Dr Lewis-Hall also suggested taking this opportunity to ensure you are getting regular health checkups and screenings to maintain good health in the next chapter of your life.
“This is the time when the risks for chronic diseases, like Diabetes and Heart Disease and Osteoporosis, increase really significantly,” she said.
Bone Mineral Density Test
Loss of Estrogen makes your bones more fragile, and 50% of women over age 50 will experience bone fractures. Get a Bone Mineral Density Test to see what shape your bones are in.
Body Mass Index Test
As you gain weight and lose muscle, you could be more prone to Diabetes, Uterine Cancer and other diseases, especially if your waist is 35” or more. A doctor can help you learn about your risks with a Body Mass Index test.
Heart Disease is still the #1 killer of women, and women after Menopause have a higher risk for developing this condition. Monitoring your blood pressure and cholesterol are easy ways to keep an eye on your overall health.
Thyroid conditions or other factors could cause irregular periods. Whatever your circumstances, Menopause is not the time to stop seeing your OB/GYN. You’ll want to maintain a great relationship with your doctor as you embark on a new chapter.
“Women these days are living 1/3 of their life after Menopause,” Dr Lewis-Hall said, and you have options to make the most of that time. If you have neglected your health in the past, there’s never been a better time to put yourself first.
Dr Freda Lewis-Hall has more information on Menopause and other health issues on her Healthier World website.
The Drs: OxyView Glasses Review
For some people, breathing with oxygen is a way of life. But it’s possible that patients might be able to breath easier with a new gadget. OxyView glasses hide your oxygen tubes in the rims of glasses, creating a more discreet and fashionable appearance.
Combined with portable oxygen tanks, strangers might never know that you are relying on oxygen.
The Doctors: Preventing COPD
There are some oxygen-dependent conditions that are avoidable, such as COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). The destruction from this condition is irreversible. Watch out for warning signs such as:
- Short Breath
“You always have to pay attention to your body,” Dr Travis Stork said, suggesting that you follow up on any abnormal changes with your own doctor.