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Mickie Griffith-Autry, PhD, NP-C

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Nutrition is a major health concern that has far-reaching health implications. It is therefore very important to evaluate your nutritional intake during the menopausal transition and postmenopausal phase of life. Carbohydrates, protein, fats, and water remain major nutrients needed by the body.

Carbohydrates are considered the main source of energy for the body. It is recommended that 50-60% of daily caloric intake be derived from carbohydrates. This is a hotly debated issue in today's world. Many menopausal women explore diets such at Atkins and South Beach diets that limit daily carbohydrate consumption.

Proteins are the primary building blocks of bodily tissue. Protein should comprise an estimated 14-20% of total daily calories.

Fats are the main source of linoleic acid, which is needed for normal growth and development. Fats can be soluble or nonsoluble, and they aid in the absorption of vitamins A, D, E, and K. Fats also aid in the synthesis of certain hormones, such as estrogen. Fats are divided into two categories: saturated and nonsaturated. Saturated fats, which are solid at room temperature, are implicated in heart disease. Nonsaturated fats are advocated in the prevention of heart disease.

Water comprises 55-65% of total body weight. It is essential for body turgor, acid-base balance, transportation of nutrients and wastes to and from cells, and maintenance of lubrication.

As metabolism slows during the menopausal and postmenopausal period it is important to evaluate your nutritional intake with a qualified health care professional in order to assure that your requirements are met.

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Ms. Autry earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Jacksonville State University, her Masters of Science degree in nursing from the University of Alabama Huntsville, and her PhD from Walden University. Her research dissertation was entitled Pelvic muscle strengthening: Impact on sexual functioning in the menopausal woman. Ms. Autry is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the American Nursing Credentialing Center, and the Certification Board for Urological Nurses and Associates. She has completed multiple postgraduate preceptor programs in female sexual medicine, pelvic pain, and pelvic floor dysfunction. Ms. Autry is an active member of the Society of Urological Nurse Associates, North American Menopause Society, American Urological Society, and the International Pelvic Pain Society and founder of two women's health support groups. She is a national and local speaker for multiple pharmaceutical and medical companies, has participated in clinical trial studies, and has published articles in the Society of Urological Nurse Associate and North American Menopause Society journals.


Mickie Griffith-Autry, PhD, NP-C



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