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How did you stop smoking during menopause? What tips can you share with others?

ou’ve reached menopause and now you’re experiencing a lot of changes. As you work to manage menopause and the symptoms it’s been causing, you’ve decide to start following a more healthy lifestyle. That includes quitting smokingonce and for all.

But it’s tough. You’ve tried quitting before and it didn’t work. You need some tips to help you be more successful this time.

Read more about Do This – Not That: Quit Smoking!


Did you feel good months after your hysterectomy?

Doctors don’t know for certain all the possible ramifications of removing an organ from the human body. It’s impossible to predict the future, long-term consequences for any hysterectomy patient. The following sentiments shared through the years by members of HysterSisters.com are examples of the wide range of possibilities:

Read more about General Health after Hysterectomy

Since being in menopause, how have you taken charge of your health?

Menopause is unavoidable! Some women have little or no side effects, while others suffer through the side effects. Lifestyle changes can help relieve hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause. As a bonus, they reduce the risk of osteoporosis and heart disease.

Here are some changes you can make that are guaranteed to improve your health:

Read more about Take Charge of Your Health!

I Feel Great – 6 Months After Hysterectomy. Can I Expect This to Continue?

I had my hysterectomy six months ago, and I feel better than I have in years. Can I expect this good health to continue? 

Did you have a positive outcome for your hysterectomy? Did you feel better after your surgery? Or did you have complications that you feel have ruined your health?

The majority of hysterectomy patients report that their quality of life has improved.

Read more about Health After Hysterectomy.

Take Charge of Your Health!

Menopause is unavoidable! Some women have little to no side effects, while others suffer through the side effects. Lifestyle changes can help relieve hot flashes and othersymptoms of menopause. As a bonus, they reduce the risk of osteoporosis and heart disease.

Here they are…..these WILL improve your health.

Stop smoking

If you smoke, one of the best things you can do for yourself now is to STOP! Cigarette smoking is known to increase a woman’s risk of heart disease and osteoporosis, and menopausal women are already at risk for both diseases because of reduced estrogen levels. Smoking can bring on menopause as much as two to three years earlier than it would naturally occur, putting a woman at even greater risk because she spends fewer years with the protective benefit of estrogen.


Women who are active lifestyles seem to experience fewer hot flashes than women who are inactive. You need two differenct types of exercise: weight-bearing exercise (like strength training…this helps slow bone loss) and aerobic exercise (like walking or swimming which can help lower the risk of heart disease)

Control your weight

Being overweight puts you at increased risk for heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes. It’s not only excess weight that matters, but where you carry that extra weight. Fat around the waist and stomach is particularly dangerous for your heart.

Eat healthy

Eating right is always important, but it can become more difficult as you reach menopause. First off, because of a slowing metabolism, you have to get more nutritional punch for your calories, or you’re likely to gain weight. One way to do this is to follow the portion sizes and food choices in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Pyramid.Choose lower fat meat and dairy products and eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Make sure you get enough calcium and vitamin D, as a way to help stave off osteoporosis. After menopause, women on estrogen replacement therapy are advised to get 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day. This jumps to 1,500 milligrams if they are not receiving hormone replacement therapy. The best sources of calcium are low-fat dairy products — such as cheese, yogurt, and milk — because they contain vitamin D and lactose, two substances that aid calcium absorption. Calcium is also available in canned fish with edible bones, such as salmon and sardines; dark-green leafy vegetables, such as kale, collard, and broccoli; and calcium-fortified foods, such as orange juice and breads made with calcium-fortified flour.

Other foods like those containing soy can have great benefits: Soy contains naturally occurring chemicals called phytoestrogens (plant estrogens), which the body converts into hormone-like substances. They are thought to have the same beneficial effects as estrogen and offer another way to combat some of the annoying symptoms caused by menopause, as well as potentially reducing the risk of developing heart disease and osteoporosis. Foods believed to contain phytoestrogens include oilseeds, particularly linseed or flaxseed oil, and soybeans.

There are some food that are nn to induce hot flashes: caffeine, alcohol, spicy foods, hot drinks, and chocolate. You may find it helpful to avoid them.

Drink plenty of water

Eight glasses of water a day is recommended

Reduce stress

Learning to cope with stress can help alleviate hot flashes for some women, as well as aid overall well-being. Some options for stress reduction include massage and exercise.

Take our Hot Flash Survey!

Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

The most common heart attack symptom in women is some type of pain, pressure or discomfort in the chest. But it’s not always severe or even the most prominent symptom, particularly in women. Women are more likely than men to have heart attack symptoms unrelated to chest pain, such as:

  • Neck, shoulder, upper back or abdominal discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Unusual fatigue

These symptoms are more subtle than the obvious crushing chest pain often associated with heart attacks. Go to the ER or call 911 if you experience these symptoms.

Water or Soda?

Even though sodas are mostly water, the rest of what’s in them is of little or no nutritional value. Both real sugar and artificial sweeteners present potential health problems, as do caffeine and artificial flavors and colors. Your body is best suited to process and use plain water, which it needs to function properly. Here are some facts about water:

  1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (This may apply to as much as half of the world’s population.)
  2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.
  3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%.
  4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a U-Washington study.
  5. Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
  6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water per day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
  7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.
  8. Drinking five glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%. Plus, it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%. One is even 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.