Our body transforms with age, and everyone starts losing bone mass after the age of 35. Bone loss in women increases after menopause. This book has important tips on how to slow down this process: consume foods high in calcium and vitamin D, sunbathe and exercise daily.
Whole grain, green leafy vegetables, lentils and fruits should make up a large chunk of the daily diet. Say no to junk and processed foods, carbonated drinks, extra sugar and fatty items which may give her osteoporosis later in life.
For optimum health during menopause and after, a woman should also avoid smoking which interferes with the way bones absorb calcium and weaken our bones.
Every woman has to go through menopause, but it is largely up to us to be prepared and make the experience as less painful as possible, physically as well as mentally. This book succeeds in sending the message across.
Although written by a medical doctor, Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause is an easy read. The author has interviewed many women to document the myriad of experiences they have had and hence is very relatable.
Some health workers consider menopause as a disease and have developed ways to treat it. Here in Nepal too, there is now hormone therapy for women who have undergone menopause. The book argues that it is unnecessary, and instead has negative impacts on women’s bodies.
By emphasising that menopause is a natural process and that most women have a relatively easy time with the transition, this book tells you that the hormonal changes of menopause affect each woman differently, they just need to work out how best to manage those changes.
And while every woman is unique, attention to diet and lifestyle can do wonders in relieving discomfort as well as help with estrogen deficiency.
The author combines trustworthy medical information based on the best available evidence with thoughtful analysis of the social, cultural, and political forces affecting our health.
Inspired by this read, I have decided to write a book on menopause in Nepali so that all women, young and old across the country (as well as men) are educated about this transition and are prepared with the necessary tools to tackle it.
Aruna Uprety is a public health expert and the author of the book Khana Khanu Bho?