The consequences of menopause, part II

Actually, I like the statements of the enemies. It is not very useful – it’s true. Not too many tens of kilograms. These deviations are deviations. The more pronounced they are, the stronger is the reverse side of such a “coin”. However, up to the 40-year threshold does not at all equal the death sentence. The norm of weight and thinness is clearly clearly preferable to extra pounds.

The fact is that menopause affects the functioning of the cardiovascular system. We have already said that in postmenopausal vessels, the vessels of the female body are no longer protected by estrogen from the buildup of cholesterol plaques. This bonus, granted by the main background of the childbearing period, can no longer be returned. Because the first heart attack or stroke catches up with many women within 5-7 years after menopause. The male body at the same time says goodbye to one of the hormones, gift vessels and heart muscle, efficient, good tone and timely tissue renewal. Yes, adrenaline remained, and it will not go anywhere from our body until death. But its action is spontaneous. It is almost always manifested by sudden jumps in heart rate, muscle reaction, blood pressure. Because adrenaline alone is becoming a problem more often than positive effects.

If, during all these changes (and obviously in the direction of deterioration), we also manage to gain a lot of excess weight, we will only complicate the already difficult position of the heart and blood vessels. After all, fat is water. And although body tissues in old age are not prone to accumulation of fluid, this does not apply to the vascular bed. So excess water in the blood will create favorable conditions for the development of hypertension. And atherosclerosis already quite developed by this time will generally “boost” blood pressure to critical heights. That’s why we say that it makes sense to protect ourselves from this risk factor at an age when it really can only complicate our lives. This is one of the best ideas we could think of.

Finally, one of the latest and at the same time the most unpleasant consequences of menopause is the extinction of the activity of the cerebral cortex and disruption of the work of other parts of the central nervous system. Such a phenomenon as senile dementia (colloquial definition – senility) is associated with age-related changes in the background by a good half, if not more. As we recall, the main background of the body is designed to regulate, including the activity of the cortex. So, testosterone tells a man’s behavior determination, self-confidence, and often aggression. And estrogen and prolactin provide the fair sex with increased emotional sensitivity and the ability to empathize. And also a number of typical “feminine” traits, which are assessed as negative rather than positive. Among them, some timidity, a tendency to shed tears in response to any stress, etc.

Yes, we can have no doubt: half of what we are used to call character traits does not refer to the activity of the soul, but of the hormonal background. And therefore, changes on this side of the soul then, perhaps, do not affect. But they, without a doubt, directly affect the work of the entire central nervous system, and especially its main thinking part – the cortex.

The more time passes from the moment menopause begins, the more noticeable are degenerative phenomena in the cortex. Of course, the brain, like any organ, wears out by itself – it is getting stronger from year to year. Especially in conditions when he begins to lack the substances necessary for the work of his cells. As you know, CNS neurons are tissue that is updated extremely reluctantly, slowly, partially. It is impossible to restore their work to full-fledged, although some half-recovery can be launched almost always. But it is the bark that has a good “substitute” for the ability to quickly update. It consists in the ability to redistribute one’s own activity, processing zones of certain signals, etc.

The brain has the widest ability to compensate for the work of affected areas by accelerating the work of those that are still healthy. However, its general activity and the rate of entry into it of a number of substances necessary for work is regulated not by it, but by body hormones. Own production of the pituitary is usually not enough here. Therefore, without the help of the main gonads, many processes in it begin to fade. And this, of course, leads to the breakdown of some neural connections in the cortex and degeneration of its individual sections.

So senile dementia is a half-independent process – neurons die over time, and new ones do not appear in their place. Or, in any case, they do not appear in such quantities to make up for this natural decline. And in the second half, it is closely related to changes in the background, which regulates the speed of the cortex and the quality of its supply with individual elements. Mainly because some hormones in the floor allow the body to undergo chemical reactions that result in these components.

That is why science firmly connects the onset of deep disorders of higher nervous activity precisely with menopause. Although she simultaneously recognizes the possibility of their independent appearance – especially with a hereditary predisposition. This is not about normal dementia, but about pathologies such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Climax also significantly accelerates and complicates the course of Huntington’s chorea, although it is exclusively hereditary and does not occur for other reasons. Plus, for postmenopausal degeneration of the central nervous system, a symptom such as urinary incontinence is characteristic.

It never occurs due to senile cystitis caused by infection against the background of weakening of the protective forces of the membranes of the genital tract. Yes, secondary bladder lesions in old age are a frequent occurrence. In the same way as the dry skin of the genital organs, which many patients complain about. However, senile incontinence is associated with defects in the functioning of the spinal cord. Moreover, in the case of him, the degeneration just described is accompanied and enhanced by pathologies of the bones – the vertebrae in which he is enclosed. These two factors together lead to a violation of the accuracy of control of the cortex by the detrusor – the sphincter of the bladder. And in men, the disease can also occur due to the progression of prostate adenoma or prostatitis.

Both of these prostate pathologies demonstrate a clear relationship with age – the older the patient, the more likely the adenoma and prostatitis. This is probably due to an increased risk of infection of the gland following a decrease in the immunity of the membranes of the genital tract. But both pathologies sooner or later cause detrusor failure, and they are prone to a chronic course. So if the patient had a case of one or the other in the past or at the time of menopause, the pathology will certainly be complicated / will return with its onset. In addition, the doctor will have the opportunity to confirm on this basis the most likely cause of incontinence.

local_offerevent_note November 15, 2019

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