Lacking the protection that estrogen provides causes a significant increase in cardiovascular irregularities among menopausal women. Data collected from women who received medical checkups at Cathay General Hospital’s Physical Examination Center in Taipei’s Neihu District shows that blood-related disorders were 57 percent more likely to occur among menopausal women than non-menopausal women. Abnormalities that occur during treadmill cardiograms are also 25 percent higher among menopausal women. Doctors recommend that women going through menopause pay closer attention to their cardiovascular situation to better avoid heart disease.
Lee Tsung-yu, the center’s president, says that according to an analysis of data from more than 27,000 women over the past two years who had physical exams at the hospital’s physical exam centers on Dunhua S Rd and in Neihu, 36 percent of menopausal women had cardiovascular disorders. The average age for menopause in Taiwan is close to 50 years of age, but some women start going through menopause at the age of 44 or 45, so the statistical analysis uses 46 as the cutoff line. Further analysis shows that an obvious deterioration in cardiovascular health occurs during menopause.
Lee says that women should not wait until going through menopause to start taking care of their bodies, adding that it is important to build a strong foundation when you are young. The modern woman deals with a lot of stress at work, particularly women over the age of 30, who are burning the candle at both ends with work and family life, he says, adding that lack of exercise, eating out excessively and not sleeping enough all set the stage for heart disease during menopause. Lee suggests that young women should have a physical examination once a year.
Wang Ying-ti, a nutritionist at the center, says that women should regularly eat more tomatoes, kiwifruit and black fungus. Tomatoes, for example, are rich in lycopene, which can help improve the concentration of lipids in the blood and provide antioxidants, Wang says, adding that women should always keep an eye on their health.
(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)