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Why Do Women Gain Weight During Menopause
Why do some women lose their feminine physique and or when they gain weight during menopause?Our bodies looks manly.What can be done to prevent it?
Menopause is defined as 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
Need for evaluation: Unintended weight loss needs to be investigated. It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to consult your doctor. Wish you good health! ...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
Why am i gaining weight during menopause? I'm actually eating even more healthily than i was before i started going through menopause, but i've gained at least 15 pounds. What's up with the weight gain, and how can I prevent it?
This : This is a very common complaint amongst women going through menopause. Most women gain between 5-20 pounds during menopause. This has to do with the change in the estrogen/progesterone production, and the slowdown of metabolism. It sounds like you are doing everything right, but are still having a problem. Be sure that your thyroid level has been checked and is normal, as hypothyroidism can cause weight gain and is a common occurrence. Seeing a nutritionist can be helpful as well, as they can make recommendations of eating patterns that can boost metabolism. ...Read more
Good Question: It would be time to prepare for some changes in your health. Adding extra vitamin D for bone health is important. Trying to cut down on fat is good since metabolism slows and cholesterol levels often rise. But in general healthy eating at this time is very important. But there is no particular diet that is good for everyone ...Read more
Exercise: Believe it or not, not exercising can make you feel tired. Muscles need to move or they start to ache. But the good news is that it doesn't take much activity to help you feel more energized. Have you tried taking a 10-minute walk? How do you feel afterward? If you find that walking makes you fatigued or out of breath, it's time to see your doctor. ...Read more
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
Depends: Menopause is defined as no period of 1 year. Many women go 10 months and then start to bleed which can be normal. If you have gone some time without bleeding, i recommend you see your gynecologist to confirm there are no other causes of bleeding. Other reasons can be change in meds, stress levels, weight changes and other hormonal changes. ...Read more
Paleo lifestyle: My favorite nutrition guidelines are from the paleo lifestyle. Paleo diets are based on a meat and vegetable diet. No grains and no sugars. This is not extreme. This is not a "diet" for a quick fix to weight loss. This helps your overall metabolism and will help with weight loss. I think this diet also provides improvements / protection for heart disease, diabetes and other chronic disease. ...Read more
Maybe in some cases: I am upset by the number of radio adds for supplements claiming that the changes at menopause cause weight gain and are hormonally driven. Yes, there are changes that are related to a redistribution of fat in a "male pattern" fashion, but this does not have to be disconcerting. A balanced diet and regular exercise will ameliorate these changes and effect on self-image. Exercise can also help! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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