@janeblackford007 Jane B, very belated thanks for your comment. I wasn’t able to find your post on this topic — if you can find it, can you post the link here? I agree that it is really important to talk about this, and I don’t see any reason why not — the heck with societal taboos. Menopause is something that every *single* woman in the world who lives long enough deals with — usually for decades. I read recently that by 2030 12% of the global population will be going through menopause. It is a major physiological change that reaches tentacles into every aspect of the functioning of mind and body and if we want to live vibrant, full, active lives through this time, then we need to learn from and support each other.
@sannk06 I also am finding that fat adaptation doesn’t seem to be taking place as it supposedly should. I’m rehabbing an injury (overuse!) right now, but as once I’m back to training I’m going to book in with Rebecca Dent to get a custom nutrition plan to support the training and to discuss if or how I might be able to do fasted training. So far my body has crashed when I’ve tried to do that.
@terrylui Thanks for chiming in here! I hope we can help you learn and understand so you can help your wife 🙂
As far as menopause in general, for me, leaving aside the hot flushes, which are unreal and indescribably disruptive, and seriously, destructive of sleep, the most serious manifestation of menopause so far has been psychological, notably depression and anxiety. And it set in way earlier than I was aware. I started on the estrogen (estradiol) patch about three weeks ago, and now I have a physical and psychological stability that I realise I haven’t known for probably a decade. From the place of stability I am now able to look back and see how depression and anxiety imperceptibly slid in and grew, probably beginning in my early 40s.
The crisis time came last (northern hemisphere) spring, and that was what woke me up and set me learning about this hormonal transition. Even with the patch, I still need to watch myself, and I’ve developed a set of checkpoints, beginning with “Do I feel bright and energised with a generally upbeat outlook without caffeine? Do I feel bright and energised with a generally upbeat outlook with caffeine?” If the answer to the second question is no, then I see if I can identify likely physical causes: “Have I not slept well the last few nights? Has the training load worn me down a bit? Is my body battling allergens? Do I need a hearty meal? Could progesterone be high?”
If I can’t identify any likely physical cause, then I start assessing the mental: “Do things seem generally hopeless and pointless? Is it beyond my capacity to run a simple errand, like go to the post office?” If the answer to either of those questions is in the affirmative, then I know that the depression has snuck in again. Another assessment: “Am I feeling timorous about any kind of social situation (like entering a store or café or posting in a forum) or about doing an ordinary activity, like riding a bicycle along the road?” If the answer there is yes, then I know the anxiety has snuck in again.
I hope more voices — men are welcome too, because the more they understand, the more they can support the women they care about — will chime in here. I’d love this to become a really active discussion.