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22.12.2004 Health

Early menopausal problems is result of poor eating habits

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Sekondi, Dec 22, GNA - Madam Sabina Mensah, a former head of the Western Regional Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG), has said poor eating habits among Ghanaians is a contributory factor to early menopausal problems.
"Many of our diets are either too oily or starchy and does not aid the body of women to adapt to the new changes," she said. Mad Mensah said this at a day's workshop on Menopause and Aging organised by the National Commission on Women and Development (NCWD) at Sekondi on Tuesday for members of some Christian women groups in the Shama Ahanta East Metropolis.
She advised women to eat more fruits, vegetables, cereals and balanced diets to minimise the impact.
Mad Mensah said menopause, which is expected to begin at age 48, now affects 35-year olds while the lack of information is making it difficult for many women to accept the change.
She advised young women whose menstrual cycle changes abruptly to visit the hospital for medical attention
Mad Mensah appealed to menopausal and aging women to reduce their workload and engage in more outdoor activities. They should rest more regular, eat properly and exercise daily to enable them release the tension in them.

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