Hello my name is Kris Smith. I and the founder of My Menopause fix, and a 12 year Fitness expert specializing in assisting women to embrace their beauty and reshape their body’s . I will be publishing you posts about all thing dealing with menopause and fitness. This blog is dedicated to become a community for women who are approaching menopause, going through menopause, and post menopause. I will be posting nutrition, exercise, and motivational tips, strategies, and effective ways to combat menopausal weight gain. This blog will be a combination of videos, exercise programs, expert interviews, and much much more.
I will be joined by fitness expert, mother of two, and medical professional AnnaMaria DeMaria. She will be a regular contributor to the MMF Blog. So without further ado I bring you our first post by AnnaMaria.
Menopause and ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)
Blame it all on our good friend, Ms. Estrogen. As women move into their late 30s and 40s, otherwise known as the menopause years, Ms. Estrogen indulges in her own private midlife crisis. She prepares to take our bodies for a wild and crazy joy ride. Estrogen levels skyrocket to great heights then plummet to their lowest. The accompanying mood swings and emotions that mirror the roller coaster ride can be quite disturbing.
Women become concerned when they feel forgetful, confused unable to focus their attention, easily distracted, lack of follow through, lack of concentration, and irritability coupled with anxiety. Mood swings, memory lapses and lack of focus can be affected by Ms. Estrogen (direct link to hormonal imbalances). Brain cells, specifically neurotransmitters that help with memory and concentration bridge the gap between neurons on cue. When Ms. E takes a rest, our neurons keep firing, but the message can be a bit garbled.
During menopause, estrogen levels decrease. Lower estrogen levels have been shown to affect brain function such as memory, similar to the brain function that is affected by ADD. Scientists believe lower estrogen levels may be one reason why menopause brings on symptoms of memory loss, lack of concentration, and attention difficulties.
One reason for women’s concern is the link between menopause, memory loss, lack of concentration, and attention difficulties (similar to ADD).
Menopause memory loss and lack of concentration can cause a big disturbance in a woman’s life. There are several reasons why menopause may cause memory loss and ADD-like attention problems, such as:
- Depression or anxiety
- Difficulty sleeping
- Normal aging of the brain
One of the ways to treat menopause memory loss and attention difficulties (ADD) is by starting with mild, natural, safe treatments and seeing how well they work before progressing to other treatments which may include prescribed medication. Some natural ways to treat menopause memory loss and lack of concentration include:
- Getting more sleep
- Getting regular moderate-intensity exercise
- Exercising the brain with puzzles, reading, and other cognitive activities
- Eating a diet high in antioxidants (dark, leafy vegetables and colorful fruits)
- Eating a diet high in Omega-3 fatty acids
Many of the symptoms experienced by women as they move through menopause mimic symptoms of ADD. And many symptoms of ADD are exaggerated by the physical changes that occur during menopause, leading to ADD diagnoses in women who are usually stunned.
Who’s ready to take Ms. E by the horns!
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Always AnnaMaria, Senior Contributor