22. September 2010 12:21
An interesting survey from The University of Westminster was published recently about the level of reported menopausal symptoms from women living in London, America, Canada, China and Japan. The report concludes that British women experienced more severe symptoms than those in other countries from around the world and that this is probably due to stress. The researchers believe that stress could be one of the key factors exacerbating the condition in British women. I wonder about this too, as I’m sure our generation are having a harder time at menopause than our mother’s and grandmother’s generations and just maybe this is because we try to pack so much into our lives?
The range of symptoms included all the normal ones that we know so well – night sweats, hot flushes, fatigue, insomnia, constipation, upset stomach, aching joints and depression. The results show that hot flushes and night sweats were common to all women but other symptoms such as tiredness, insomnia and irritability depended on culture, age and where they lived.
Higher levels of hot flushes were experienced by British and American women compared with Chinese and Japanese. The study suggests that this may be due to the large amounts of soya in Eastern diets helping to support the drop in oestrogen through the menopause. I think this could be true, but suggest you stick to the fermented whole bean soya foods such as tofu, temph and miso.
The final conclusion of the study is that “Each women needs to be treated according to her unique experiences going through the menopause and we shouldn’t allow stereotypes to distort what the menopause entails.” Here at Menopause Support we totally agree with this statement and aim through our Menopause Support Programme to give women the information, advice and support they need to make the right decision about their own menopause treatments.