Women Living Longer with Menopause Than Ever?
Did you know that the estimated life expectancy for women in the UK now comes in at almost 83 years?
According to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), women born in Britain today are likely to live for an average of 82.9 years.
Half a century ago, the average life expectancy at birth came in somewhat lower, at around 74 years; the number tends to rise steadily every few years, due to factors such as advances in medicine and better understanding of how to lead a healthy lifestyle.
However, this means that women who are currently approaching their 50s could still find themselves living with symptoms of menopause or post-menopause for around 25 years (based on the average age for menopause coming in at 51), unless they find an effective way to manage their symptoms.
With women potentially living in post-menopause for longer than ever before, finding a way to do this is hugely important. Menopause typically takes place in midlife, not at the end of life, and it shouldn’t stop women from feeling like the best version of themselves.
Can Menopause Affect Your Life Expectancy?
Of course, lifestyle factors, such as whether you smoke or are classed as obese, can affect your life expectancy, but can menopause itself?
Research carried out by doctors at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine in 2016 found that women who go through menopause after they have turned 50 - as many women do - could be more likely to live past the age of 90.
This was especially found to be the case for women who had got their first period after the age of 12 and had therefore been classed as reproductive for around 40 years.
Of these women, 55 per cent lived beyond the age of 90, suggesting that when you go through menopause could potentially affect your life expectancy.
However, genetic and lifestyle factors can play a part in this, as could your general health. Whatever your life expectancy, if you’re experiencing menopause symptoms, you need to find a way to manage them throughout midlife and beyond.
How to Stay Comfortable and Confident in Post-Menopause
Menopause typically begins at the age of 51, but you’re officially classed as being in menopause when it’s been at least 12 months since your last period.
After this, you could find yourself experiencing symptoms of post-menopause. These can include ongoing hot flushes and mood swings, vaginal dryness and an increased risk of osteoporosis, which are all due to your oestrogen levels declining.
Making sure you’re following a healthy diet and are getting regular exercise could help you to manage these symptoms, as could taking a natural menopause supplement containing ingredients to mimic the effects of oestrogen in your body.
Femarelle® has a soy-based supplement specifically designed for this stage of your life, Femarelle® Unstoppable, which contains biotin, vitamin D and the natural soy derivative DT56a to help you to feel empowered, comfortable and confident during post-menopause.
Taking this could help you to cope with living with menopause symptoms for as long as you need, when taken as part of a healthy lifestyle.
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