Are You In A Menopausal Fog?

May 22, 2012 Updated May 22, 2012 at 9:05 PM EDT

By WKBW News

May 22, 2012 Updated May 22, 2012 at 9:05 PM EDT

Post-menopausal women sometimes complain of feeling a step behind. According to health experts at the Cleveland Clinic, it's not in their head.

Doctors refer to it as "menopause fog", and it can be caused by a variety of factors.

Doctors say "menopause fog" can be brought on by hormonal changes or a poor diet or vitamin deficiency.

They say a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids may help lift "the fog." They also suggest B-complex vitamins, which have been shown to aid brain function.

Doctors say regular exercise benefits the brain too, but the key is to get good sleep and keep your hormones under control.

Dr. Holly Thacker of the Cleveland Clinic says,"For women who have wide fluctuations where their hormones are high one day and low the next, it is important to talk to the doctor about the options to
control those wide shifts because in some women, it triggers migraine headaches or the executive functions of being very alert causing this fogginess."

If you think you're experiencing "menopause fog", see your physician. Your doctor may be able to suggest some additional lifestyle changes that may help.

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