Menopause is a normal period in every woman’s life that marks the end of her reproductive years and can occur between the 45th and 55th year of her life.
This period affects a woman’s life both physically and emotionally. It is characterised by menstrual disorders and a final end approximately at the age of 50. Menopause symptoms are mainly related to lower levels of estrogens and can last from a number of months to a few years.
Hormonal changes during menopause can influence several systems in a woman’s body, such as the reproductive, the cardiovascular and the skeletal system.
Symptoms may vary among women and they usually include weight gain, hot flashes, restlessness, insomnia, reduced desire for sex, as well as joint pain.
In all circumstances, a healthy diet is necessary for the alleviation of menopausal symptoms, as well as for the protection from hormonal disorders that may occur during this period.