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Are you avoiding talking about the “M” word?

(NC) For some women talking about hot flashes, fatigue or decreased sex life associated with menopause is not a conversation they want to have with their doctor, and definitely not with family and friends. For many, discussing the “m” word can bring up feelings of embarrassment or shame.

Rose Reisman, leading health, wellness and nutrition expert knows what it is like living with menopausal symptoms and the impact it can have on some women.

“I was in my late forties when I started experiencing symptoms of menopause, mainly hot flashes,” says Reisman. “But I had a supportive network of friends that I could turn to, to talk about the changes we were going through. It really made a positive difference for me to be able to share my experience with other women, and know I wasn't alone. My husband also was a great support for me.”

Reisman advises women to take a careful look at their daily lifestyle. She offers women the following tips on lifestyle changes that can help to manage menopause symptoms:

• Eat right: A diet that includes fruits, vegetables, dairy and nuts all contain the nutrients the body needs to help manage menopause symptoms.

• Don't sweat the small stuff: Manage your stress as it can improve your mood, promote longevity and allow you to be more productive.

• Talk to your Doc: Your doctor can provide advice on treatment options specific to you – one size does not fit all when it comes to managing menopause.

• Butt out: Smoking can bring on early menopause, not to mention a number of other health issues.

• Get moving: Exercise on a regular basis can help you to maintain a healthy body weight and is good for your overall health.

“My advice to women is to talk about the “m” word with other women, your partner and your doctor and get the facts about menopause and the available treatment options, so that you can make informed decisions that will allow you to remain healthy and vital in your fifties and beyond,” says Rose Reisman.

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