I am only 42, but I think I may be entering the early stages of menopause. I feel tired more often than usual and I’m also gaining weight in my mid-section. I’ve read that menopause can occur as early as a woman’s mid 30’s, but how long does menopause typically last?

Sometimes, even if you have excellent sleep hygiene, you can still have difficulty sleeping. Hormones can definitely affect your sleep, too — especially in women, and especially during and after menopause. Menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats can reduce your sleep quality and even interrupt sleep cycles.

Many people aren’t getting enough sleep — and many don’t even know how much is enough. And that lack of sleep can negatively affect your health. But there are things you can do to improve your quality of rest.

“It’s all about lifestyle. The more effort you put into living a healthy life, the longer you’ll live and the better you’ll feel because of it. While diet and exercise are critical components of a healthy lifestyle, it’s also important to take a look at sleep patterns, stress levels, nutritional deficiencies, food sensitivities and other factors that could potentially lead to health challenges later on in life.”

The best time to start taking an estrogen regimen is within the first 3 years of menopause. This gives better bone and cardiac protection because it is taken for a longer period of time. It is best to start immediately rather than waiting for a problem to develop.

It’s estimated that about 19 million American adults suffer from depression. Clinical depression is a serious medical condition that, if left untreated, can cause a wide range of health challenges and interfere with your everyday life. According to Pittsburgh bioidentical hormones expert Keith Wharton, M.D., Medical Director of BodyLogicMD of Pittsburgh, the key to effectively treating the depression is identifying where the problem is stemming from in the first place.

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