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Navigating Menopausal Changes: A Guide to Mobility and Frailty

Podcast Season 2 Episode 5 transcript.

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Welcome to another episode of "Radio Menopause". I'm your host, Ruth, and Today, we're discussing Mobility and Frailty during Menopause

Menopause is a journey that brings with it many changes. One aspect that often doesn't get the attention it deserves is how it can impact our mobility and overall physical well-being.

Many women experience increased joint pain during menopause due to hormonal fluctuations. Regular exercise can work wonders, particularly low-impact activities like swimming, yoga, or brisk walking. It helps maintain joint flexibility and boosts mood and overall vitality. Supplements like omega 3s, chondroitin and glucosamine can sometimes help with joint pain. Don't forget you can speak to your healthcare practitioner about any medication, oral or in the form of topical gels, that could help you.

Frailty is a concern for many women as they age, but there are ways to address it. Strength training is your new best friend. Incorporating resistance exercises into your routine can help build muscle mass, enhance bone density, and improve overall strength. Don't be afraid to lift those weights – it's an investment in your future self! If you take any prescribed medications, it could be helpful to speak to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist to discuss if any of these medications are contributing to your frailty symptoms.

Alongside physical changes, menopause can also impact mental health. Stress and anxiety can take a toll on our overall well-being. Mindfulness and meditation are powerful tools to navigate these challenges. Taking a few moments each day to breathe deeply, centre yourself, and focus on the present can make a significant difference in managing stress levels.

Another aspect often overlooked is the importance of a balanced diet. As we age, our nutritional needs evolve. Ensuring an adequate calcium and vitamin D intake becomes crucial for maintaining bone health. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins supports physical well-being and contributes to a positive mindset.

Menopause can sometimes feel like a solo journey, but it doesn't have to be. Joining support groups, whether online or in-person, provides a space to share experiences, gain insights, and build a network of like-minded women who understand the unique challenges of this phase in life.

In conclusion, navigating menopausal changes is about embracing a holistic approach. From staying active and vital to nurturing your mental well-being and building a supportive community – these elements form the pillars of a healthy and empowered menopausal journey.

Thank you for joining me on this episode of "Radio Menopause." Remember, you're not alone in this journey; together, we can navigate the changes that come our way. 


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