Menopausal transition best understood as an inflammatory event
Menopause is a lengthy and often volatile process that brings about a range of symptoms. Declining hormones affect virtually every organ in the body, as they contain oestrogen receptors. During the menopausal transition, the drop in oestrogen levels leads to low-grade inflammation that can affect the entire body. Menopausal women may experience digestive, skin, joint, eye, ear, heart, and allergy problems. Researchers describe menopausal transition as an “inflammatory event” and recommend a combination of lifestyle measures to curb inflammation.
A diet full of colourful fruits, vegetables and whole grains supplies an array of antioxidants to reduce inflammation.
Lifestyle changes may help reduce inflammation, such as maintaining a healthy weight, getting regular exercise, reducing stress, and quitting smoking. Consuming anti-inflammatory foods such as brightly coloured
fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and omega-3 fatty acids can also help. Also spices such as turmeric and ginger have also been shown to help reduce inflammation. Additionally, avoiding pro-inflammatory foods like processed foods, fried foods, sugar, and alcohol can further reduce inflammation. In cases where lifestyle changes aren't enough, medications and supplements can also be helpful in managing inflammation.