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Why Do Women Gain Weight During Menopause
The absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. During menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. After the complete transition into menopause, women can no longer get pregnant. The average age for menopause is 51 years old. Symptoms include dry vaginal tissue, irregular periods, hot flashes, mood ...Read more
No: There have been many studies that have compared tamoxifen to placebo, demonstrating it's effectiveness treating breast cancer; none of these studies, to my knowledge, ever showed any difference between tamoxifen and placebo regarding weight gain. Nevertheless, as many as 10% of women on tamoxifen do report weight gain. This may be due to post-chemotherapy effects or menopause, as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diet and exercise: The answer is the same regardless of time in life: what you eat and what you do. But your body has changed after menopause, and with age, metabolism slows. So even eating fewer calories does not lead to as much weight losses when younger. Exercise is critical to increasing metabolism, but you have to respect the inevitable loss of flexibility and muscle mass. Start low, go slow , do cardio too! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Balance hormones: There is a balance between the hormones from your thyroid (free T4 and t3), adrenal gland (cortisol) and your sex hormones (estrogen: e1, e2, e3, progesterone, testosterone). I would check all of your hormone levels and replace those which are low with bio-identical hormones. You will be able to loose weight easier when you are in balance. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
There are some : Situations in which a woman does not gain weight during pregnancy - especially if she has significant problems holding down food or she is morbidly obese. But please don't enter into a pregnancy with a plan not to gain weight. This would be unhealthy for you and your baby. ...Read more
Confusing question: Many women use breast feeding as a natural way to loose weight. Eating a well balanced diet designed to meet the needs of mom and baby with calorie load based on pre-pregnancy weight can help weight come off. Before or after breast feeding, success at weight loss depends on feeding practices and activity. ...Read more
Hormonal changes: During menopause, your body goes through some hormonal changes, specifically significant reduction of Progesterone and testosterone as well as dhea levels, estrogen will take a few years to go down, based on your body fat content. As a result of those hormonal changes, metabolism slows down and hence weight gain... ...Read more
Sometimes, yes: Weight gain is a factor of declining estrogen ovarian production, decreased thyroid hormone production and metabolism, and estrogen conversion of androstendione to estrone from peripheral fat storage. Caloric restriction, and exercise is tantamount to reducing weight gain during this transition to menopause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Back to basics: The symptoms of perimenopause such as night sweats, hot flashes, heavy bleeding, and mood change can make it hard to remember we need water, sleep, healthy diet with minimal simple carbs, exercise, and time to recharge and be grateful. Take time to make a plan. Every day drink 8 glasses of water, take vit d and mv, stretch and follow your plan. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Weight Gain: The Institutes of Medicine say that a woman with a normal BMI before pregnancy is recommended to gain 25-35 pounds during pregnancy. Many physicains believe that the weight gain targets are too high, however. It is always best to discuss personal targets with the individual doctor taking care of the patient. ...Read more
Pregnancy weight gain: The general recommendation for weight gain during pregnancy ranges from 25 to 35 pounds. However, it is acceptable for underweight women to gain more and for overweight women to gain less. A well balanced diet with about 2200 to 2900 calories each day - depending on the weight of the woman - is the appropriate caloric intake for most pregnant women. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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