Having hot flashes as a menopause symptom? Definitely let your healthcare provider know! Recent research suggests that they could be linked to an increased risk for cardiovascular disease. Check this out HERE.
“Hot flashes are regarded as symptoms with implications for quality of life but not necessarily physical health. Accumulating research has called this long-held clinical wisdom into question and underscores that frequent or severe hot flashes may signal women who are at increased cardiovascular disease risk at midlife and beyond,” says Dr. Thurston.”
“On average, people lose about 30 percent of their muscle power between ages 50 and 70. But this doesn’t have to be; inactivity and too little protein hasten the process. Keep muscles healthy with regular strength training — a smart step that 79 percent of people in their 50s skip.” source
That muscle loss leads to decreased metabolism, and often times we take in more calories than we realize. While it’s not good to be a slave to My Fitness Pal, it can be eye-opening to track every bite & sip you take in for a few days to get a true picture of your calories & macros.
It’s also important to vary your exercise, making sure to include strength/resistance training with weights to build muscle!!
*as always, ask your doc before starting or changing your exercise routine or diet*