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Posts Tagged ‘perimenopause’

Low Haemoglobin and Anemia are very common in females especially in their 40s .
Last week my cousin was complaining of Fatigue and shortness of Breath for which Doctor made her do blood works which showed Iron Deficiency Anemia . It got me thinking about you all who should be aware of this common problem . 
Anemia is usually defined as a decrease in amount of red blood cells (RBCs) or the amount of hemoglobin in the blood(Haemoglobin is a metalloptotein which carries oxygen . )
It can be roughly divided into 
1) Anemia due to Blood Loss
2) Anemia due to less blood formation mostly Dietary faults
3) Anemia due to destruction of RBC s.
You may have come across some terms like Thalassemia, Sickle cell Anemia , Pernicious Anemia etc but Friends here i will discuss only  diet related Anemia which is common in ladies and especially vegetarians . 
Its also called Iron Deficiency Anemia . 
Iron-deficiency anemia (or iron-deficiency anemia) is a common anemia (low red blood cell or hemoglobin levels) caused by insufficient dietary intake and absorption of iron, and/or iron loss from bleeding which can originate from a range of sources such as the intestinal, uterine or urinary tract.
As blood is carrying less oxygen due to lowered Haemoglobin symptoms like fatigue, Breathlessness, irritability, Anxiety, reduced pallor are very common. Anemia creeps slowly so ladies tend to ignore it citing busy life but what they dont realize is that chronic Anemia will reduce their productivity and life quality . 
Also the perimenaupausal n menopausal erratic bleeding make it more difficult. 
Even vegetarian diets provide less Iron and Proteins so a calculated effort should be made to include foods prividing these. 
So my friends Dont ignore low Haemoglobin & Anemia . Go to the doctor , Find the cause for it . 
Doctors will prescribe Medicines to increase Haemoglobin but along with that If it is due to Dietary Blunders , its easily managable n reversible . 
Some Foods to help are meats, legumes, beetroot, green leafy vegetables, peanuts, broccoly, Apricots, ragi, nuts rtc but make sure you also have a Vit C source along with it like tomatoes so that there is a better absorption of dietary Iron .

Friends one more thing i will like to emphasize here is that if you have teen age daughters please make them aware of these issues . Today’s kids are so much into fast foods and skipping meals that they are sure to be Suffering with Anemia . I can see so many of my daughters friends complaining of Fatigue, bad skin, Hair Loss, weakness that we as mothers should change our diets as well as our daughters diets . 

So Gorgeous 40 +/- ladies Just tweak your diet here n there n get those rosy lips and pink cheeks back . 


It’s said that women are in their prime in their 40 s .. They are more clear about their wants n needs , they are more confident in their sexuality , more settled at homefronts or workplaces ..
But at physical level everything may not be hunky-dory..
She is at a major crossroads where her hormones start playing havocs ..
This may encompass Mid thirties to mid fifties … the transitions towards menopause .. Some get it rough some get it smooth ..
She is going through a phase of hormonal rollercoster ride . They have a impact which she may never have experienced before ..

so s you now know Most women in their mid life experience different physiological changes mostly leading towards menopause .

Menopause literally means stopping of menstrual cycle . This may mark end of fertile phase in a women’s life . It is not a disease, it’s nothing to be ashamed of .. Its just a phase , a natural process . But the changes set in many Years before actual menopause . They come under perimenopause .There are three types of menopauses but those will be discussed later.

Perimenopause or around the menopAuse phase is symptomatic of hormonal imbalances and is the most disturbing phase where irregular periods are quite comman

The otherwise “like a clockwork ” menstrual cycles get mind of its own ( as if we haven’t put up with enough ‘minds of its own )
it’s a total chaos time … Heavy periods( draining), no periods ( constant fear of unwanted pregnancy), frequent periods ( surprise! ) n queen of all is periods that don’t stop for months .. ( no .. It happens ..believe me …)..creeping weight gain ( no need to elaborate), irritability ( like a pressure valve .. Ready to burst ), migraines , fatigue ….
And all these ‘surprises are difficult to deal with in a otherwise stressful n fast life of a 21 st century superwoman !
Hormonal imbalance occurs when our sex hormone levels fluctuate too widely or too quickly, outside the range that your body can manage. There are also changes in the cycling and ratios between estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and luteinizing hormone (LH).
Fortunately, our bodies have back-up systems to compensate for these changes. But the cumulative effects of poor diet, chronic stress, lack of sleep, too little exercise, and environmental toxins in this 21 st century lifestyle takes a toll on our bodies resulting in hormones imbalance Once this happens, the problem tends to escalate over time, unless you offer your body the kind of support it needs to restore hormonal balance.
Ofcoarse doctors are there to prescribe HRT or other medications but women should understand that they are not alone .. Not all but many women experience one or many symptoms of perimenopause .
Different hormone imbalances will be discussed gradually over here ..

But a healthy life style will help in smooth sailing through perimenopause .. Right n timely eating , proper exercises , destressing are the most important combat tools for hormonal imbalance .

1. Avoid High Omega-6 Polyunsaturated Fats
Advisable to use coconut oil , pure ghee , olive oil ( no heating)
2 . Avoid caffeine .. It increases stress.. Opt for green tea instead
3. Avoid fat illimination fad diets .. They deprive body of hormonal building blocks
4.toxins from plastics, pesticides etc have chemical comp similar to hormones .. So avoid
5.exercise to release euphorines which will reduce stress … Rhythmic exercises, deep breathing , meditation

Please let me know if you are going through this or something else , you are not alone