This week the North American Menopause Associating (NAMS) will be having its annual meeting. So I reviewed a great book by Wulf Utian, MD, NAMS founder and Professor Emeritus at Case Western Reserve. It’s called Change Your Menopause: Why One Size Does Not Fit All.
I think it will have a lot of value for women as they enter and go through this important window of life. It’s easy to read and his information is all evidence based and backed by good research. Click Here for a brief audio interview with Dr. Utian.
The book starts out with the obvious which you will appreciate; each of you is different and though you are experiencing a universal transition, how you feel about it and how it makes you feel is not necessarily going to be the same for every woman. That’s why stories women share about menopause are so different.
And that’s part of the confusion. Some women can barely recall it; others describe tales of woe. So understanding the facts is essential to being prepared and making the experience positive.
The second chapter continues by asking the question, “Menopause – What’s the big deal?” He explains that women in menopause are becoming a larger portion of the population. One in ten people in the United States is over age 65 and by 2030 this number may be one in six.
Many women stop going to the doctor after they stop having children. But these large numbers should have a major impact on using menopause as a marker for getting women back into the healthcare system and screened for diseases that could either be prevented or caught early such as colon and breast cancer, osteoporosis and early signs of heart disease.
Chapter 3 goes on to explain the anatomy and essential physiology and how your body will be different. It’s the basics for understanding your body.
Chapter 4 continues as Dr. Utian explains what changes are due to menopause and what changes are due to just getting older. Some things we can’t change; but knowledge gives you the opportunity to make some changes in your life to minimize the “potentially alterable” risk factors of aging.