When it comes to matters of the heart, men and women are more similar than we might think, so it’s equally important for both men and women to look after their hearts.

Although there is some protection for the heart for younger women, did you know that menopause can trigger higher cholesterol levels? The good news is that making positive changes to your lifestyle and diet can really help to lower cholesterol and help maintain your heart health.

During menopause, a women’s oestrogen levels drop, triggering a number of changes to the body – most of which aren’t obvious.

Raised LDL (bad) cholesterol during menopause is one such effect. It is also very common – affecting nearly 1 in 2 women aged 55+, so make sure you ask your doctor to check your cholesterol levels next time you visit.

Why haven’t I heard about it?

You’re not alone! Often women think heart disease only affects older men but in fact, heart disease is the number one killer of Australian women. In fact, women are four times more likely to die of heart disease than breast cancer. Flora ProActiv is a proud supporter of ‘Go Red for Women’, which is the Heart Foundation’s campaign that unites women in the fight against heart disease – helping to raise awareness of their risk and promote healthier choices.

You can take control

Unlike a lot of the other symptoms that are experienced during menopause, raised cholesterol is something you can control. Start by asking to have your cholesterol checked next time you visit the doctor.

This website is full of tips, diet and lifestyle advice on how to lower your cholesterol.