Narrator: This is Science Today. Menopause is often referred to as The Change - a phrase which may connote less than positive images. But Diana Taylor, a professor of nursing at the University of California, San Francisco, says women over fifty should use the word "change"- as in changing their lifestyle to prevent disease.
Taylor: We can do things to keep ourselves healthy at any stage of our life. The earlier, the better. But since the majority of women entering mid-life are fairly healthy, it's a good time to look at ways to reduce their risk of diseases, keeping them from getting diseases later, but it can be for women who have chronic diseases - that it's a way of staying healthy and living with disease as well.
Narrator: For those women who enter mid-life with a sense of trepidation, Taylor says the most important advice is to work on changing their perspective.
Taylor: Mid-life really isn't the beginning of death! It's really a very healthy and vibrant time in women's lives and women are living longer - but I believe we can do it healthier.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.