How to avoid weight gain during menopause
During menopause, ovaries slow down on producing the amount of hormones they have in the past. This change can lead to symptoms like high blood pressure, diabetes, weight gain and more. This oestrogen decrease can increase hunger, slow down metabolism, and encourage fat to be stored around the mid-section of the body. As oestrogen levels fall, this turns on an enzyme called ALDH1A1 which causes us to store fat, particularly visceral fat around the internal organs. If you are pre-menopausal or are going through it and are concerned about your hormones or gaining weight, here’s what you can do:
What You'll Need
- Schedule an appointment with your Doctor
What You'll Do
- Your Doctor should discuss hormone replacement therapy with you and make sure you are getting the right doses. HRT shouldn't cause weight gain unless the doses are too high.
- Ie: too much oestrogen can cause bloating;
- Ie: too much oestrogen can cause fluid retention;
- Ie: too much oestrogen can cause weight gain.
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