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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?

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?

Don't fret: Aging is well, aging. Ask your doctor about the risks versus benefits of hormone replacement therapies. I am no menopause expert, but i work around many older women that swear by this. But talk to your doctor first about the risks before jumping in. ...Read more

Dr. Janet Greenhut
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Menopause (Definition)

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


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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? .

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?

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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

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Can a woman loose a lot of weight during menopause ?

Can a woman loose a lot of weight during menopause ?

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

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How can I lose weight during menopause?

How can I lose weight during menopause?

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 more

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How to gain energy to exercise during menopause?

How to gain energy to exercise during menopause?

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

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What is the best way to lose weight during menopause?

What is the best way to lose weight during menopause?

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

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Do pre-menopausal women usually gain weight on tamoxifen?

Do pre-menopausal women usually gain weight on tamoxifen?

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 more

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Does gaining weight have anything to do with my menopause?

Does gaining weight have anything to do with my menopause?

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 more

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What is the best way to lose weight during menopause and after it?

What is the best way to lose weight during menopause and after it?

Calorie count: Menopause or not, your weight is determined by your calorie intake versus your calorie expenditure. 100 calories intake per day more than you expend = 1 pound per month weight gain. Likewise 100 calories less per day = 1 pound per month weight loss. That is 12 pounds per year, 24 pounds in 2 years, 36 pounds in 3 years, etc. So eat less, exercise more and if it tastes good, spit it out. ...Read more

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Please suggest what foods can help you lose weight during menopause?

LO CARBS/HI PROTEIN: Many women also have low thyroid when they become menopausal, so their metabolism is slow and they do not burn their calories efficiently and can't lose weight despite proper diet and excercise. Pay attention to other symptoms of an underactive thyroid, because blood tests are not always diagnostic for this condition. ...Read more

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Why am i gaining weight when my diet hasn't changed. I am 52 and have not gone through menopause yet. ?

Why am i gaining weight when my diet hasn't changed.  I am 52 and have not gone through menopause yet. ?

Metabolism/activity: As we age, our metabolic rate slows, and we tend to be less active - leading to increasing weight. We all remember what we used to be able to eat when we were 20 years old, but none of us can do that safely after we age. ...Read more

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What can I do about menopausal weight gain?

What can I do about menopausal weight gain?

Tough problem: The short answer is caloric restriction and regular aerobic exercise, but it is easier said than done. You may wish to form an alliance with other women in the same boat and form a support group to reinforce the tough choices. ...Read more

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Do I need a special diet as I approach menopause? My chums are all gaining weight.

Do I need a special diet as I approach menopause? My chums are all gaining weight.

Gain weight with age: It's common for people to gain weight as they age. Metabolism slows and we don't require as much food, but most people eat just as much as they did when younger and may not be as active. People can often maintain their weight if they become more active and burn more calories. If a person is overweight, then cutting back on calories is usually necessary. No special diet: watch portion size. ...Read more

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I've not experienced the symptom as my friends except weight gain. Is this normal? I've think been in menopause almost 4 years. I have gain considerable weight, but that may be a combination of menopause, stopping smoking, and medications. My friends,

Not sure of the ?: You should resubmit in a shorter form. Weight gain is common after both menopause and stopping smoking (congrats!) but is usually 5-10 lbs. If you have gained considerable weight, this is not healthy for you, and diet and exercise should be the starting point. Many medications that cause weight gain may have alternatives that have less of that. Talk to your doctor about that and about weight loss. ...Read more

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How to lose weight during menopause when you have hypothyroidism?

How to lose weight during menopause when you have hypothyroidism?

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 more

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Should i expect weight gain and early menopause with a partial hysterectomy? I am 35 years old.

Its possible: Menopause has been shown to start around 2 years earlier than average (49 instead of 51) in woman with a hysterectomy. So, you still have plenty of time before that is an issue. The weight gain is more of a myth. If you eat healthy and exercise regularly you will significantly reduce any risk (hysterectomy related or not) of weight gain. ...Read more

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How to increase your metabolism to lose weight if you started gaining a lot of weight after menopause?

How to increase your metabolism to lose weight if you started gaining a lot of weight after menopause?

Exercise: There are no pills, hormones, or supplements that can increase your metabolism, unless you have a medical problem (such as hypothyroidism). The only real way to increase your metabolism is by doing regular aerobic exercise. I recommend walking the equivalent of 15 miles weekly or bicycling 45 miles weekly (the speed doesn't matter) ...Read more

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10 days ago, i started taking phyto soya pills, twice a day, 17.5 mg each, for menopause mainly hot flashes. I noticed a weight gain, is it to blame?

10 days ago, i started taking phyto soya pills, twice a day, 17.5 mg each, for menopause mainly hot flashes. I noticed a weight gain, is it to blame?

Perimenopause: Weight changes during the menopausal transition anf menopause are very common complaints. Central obesity is prevalent and can lead you to heart disease. Caloric intake, excercise and hormonal variations will lead to your weight change issues. ...Read more