One of the most irksome challenges that women are facing in Menopausal Transition (MT) is the unwanted weight gain due to the loss of estrogen. This metabolic changes in combination with the onset of menopausal symptoms like hot flushes, insomnia, depression, low libido and vaginal dryness can seem to the majority of women in early 50s as an insurmountable chain of events.
Nevertheless, although predicting the exact time of the final period is yet not possible, current available research has revealed that women engaging in physical activity, nutrition-dense diet with intake of lean sources of protein, antioxidant supplementation and reduction in alcohol, smoking and caffeine usage, can minimize significantly the severity of symptoms, reduce their body weight and prevent long term risks related with menopause such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and depression.
Accepting the menopausal transition as a normal aging process is a challenge for any professional. Counselling women between 45-50 years old regarding lifestyle changes and supplementation necessary to facilitate the upcoming transition can contribute to their physical and psychological balance and can empower a new approach to this life event.