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Well+Good: What Blue Zones Can Teach Us About Going Through Menopause Healthfully

Last updated on April 6, 2021
Well+Good: What Blue Zones Can Teach Us About Going Through Menopause Healthfully

Our own Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Rebecca Dunsmoor-Su, was invited to contribute to this article on healthy aging and menopause.

"What Blue Zones can teach us about going through menopause healthfully:

  1. People in Blue Zones view aging differently

“Whenever I counsel patients [going through menopause], the first thing I tell them is that it’s normal and natural for our bodies to change as we age,” says Rebecca Dunsmoor-Su, MD, an OB/GYN and the chief medical officer at Gennev, a medical resource for people going through menopause. “This can be really hard for us to accept because our culture is not one that values aging. But in Blue Zones [communities], getting older is a sign of a well-lived life and a sign of wisdom.”

She says it’s important to view aging through this lens because some of the changes that menopause brings are normal—and, in fact, healthy—but society may cause you to believe otherwise. For example, some people struggle with unintended weight gain during menopause, but Dr. Dunsmoor-Su says that’s not at all a bad thing. “Some of the weight gain is actually somewhat protective,” she says. “As your ovaries stop making estrogen, the main source of the estrogen you’re left with is your [body] fat. So in that sense, it’s somewhat adaptive to put on a little weight as we head into this low-estrogen time.”"

"Pregnancy and childbirth aside, nothing throws a wrench into your wellness routine quite like menopause. Thanks to drastic hormone shifts (and the consequences thereof), the healthy habits that may have made you feel amazing for decades can often feel like they’re malfunctioning. Maybe your metabolism is slowing down, or maybe hot flashes and night sweats are keeping you up at night. There’s a lot to like about getting older (like caring less about what people think and feeling more comfortable with who you are as a person), but menopause symptoms can be a struggle."

Read full article at Well+Good