Top Pro Tips for Women’s Health after 40
Q&A with Jo-Ann Brine, Menopause Nutrition and Fitness Specialist
Posted by Medavie Blue Cross on April 5, 2023
Editor’s Note: Women will spend more than half of their lives in menopause. Yet, research shows that 1 in 2 feel unprepared for how this will affect them physically and mentally. We invited Jo-Ann Brine, a certified yoga teacher, menopause nutrition and fitness specialist and mother to share her expert advice on women’s health at mid-life. Jo-Ann has over 20 years of experience in the health and wellness industry and is dedicated to helping women in midlife achieve optimal health and wellness and feel great in their bodies!
Type 2 Diabetes: While perimenopause and menopause do not directly cause diabetes, women going through these stages may be at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
During this phase women's bodies undergo hormonal changes that can affect their blood sugar levels. As estrogen levels decrease, insulin sensitivity may decrease, making it more difficult for the body to regulate blood sugar levels.
Don’t despair! It's essential for women to monitor their health during perimenopause and beyond and become their own health advocate. It’s important to discuss any concerns with their healthcare team. Hormone therapy, where indicated, and lifestyle changes such as exercise and a healthy diet, can help mitigate some of these risks.
Here are a few key steps, which may start to sound familiar by now:
The health of women and gender-diverse people is a major focus for Medavie Blue Cross. Check your individual or group plan for coverage to meet your health needs, such as hormone replacement therapy, counselling through an employee assistance program, a health spending account or personal wellness account to reimburse for the services of certified specialists in treating menopause-related issues. Speak to your HR or MBC representative to learn more about what your plan offers.