March 18, 2007 4:03am CST
Walking helps the menopausal woman in countless ways.Here are few: -A loss of heart-protecting estrogen causes cardiovascular risk to rise,but walking - which raises HDL {good cholesterol} as well as blood pressure-offsets some of that risk. -The beta-endorphins that our brain releases during exercise can take some of the sting out of menopause's mood swings. -Estrogen loss can bring on insomnia,but exercise can improve both quality and amount of sleep. -Because exercise can offset so many of the problems of menopause,it makes good sense to start walking with or without hormone-replacement therapy.
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