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menopause
middle age spread
thyroid function
fat cells
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breast cancer
mid section
water weight
Weight Loss In Menopause
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Weight Loss In Menopause

Oftentimes, one of the first symptoms of menopause can be weight gain, not weight loss.

Weight loss in menopause might just be a dream come true for many women.

There are many reasons for the weight gain. We are going to spend this article focusing on fluctuating hormones.

Estrogen:

Our 'fat' cells have the opportunity to make estrogen in small amounts when our ovaries stop making it, or our ovaries are removed. So our body, in an 'unfunny' twist of fate, creates MORE fat cells so that it can create more estrogen.

The easiest place, during menopause, to create these fat cells are in the mid-section. That's where the term 'middle-age spread' came from.

Progesterone

As our progesterone values decrease, we tend to retain water. The good news is that 'water-weight' gain is much easier to lose than fat.

Progesterone plays a very big role as a protector against breast cancer and dementia. It is very important during and after menopause to keep your progesterone in the 'optimal' range.

Testosterone

Testosterone is responsible for strong, healthly muscles. As we go through menopause, testosterone values can sometimes decrease. This makes our body flabby....which we all dislike. FYI...it's not normal for testosterone to decrease, so if it's happening, we need to address 'why'.

The most common cause, in America today, is due to the growth hormone added to our meat sources (beef, chicken and pork) and pesticides and herbicides sprayed on our foods. They are endocrine-disruptors and prevent our body from metabolizing hormones effectively.

Thyroid

Many know that when the thyroid gets sluggish, metabolism slows down and weight goes up.

It is common for there to be thyroid dysfunction during middle age. This is not NORMAL, but it is common. In nearly all cases, the thyroid becomes lethargic due to abnormal stressors from the adrenal gland. It is important to look at adrenal function in conjunction with thyroid function. Failure to do so often leads to misdiagnosis. Many people are taking Synthroid / Levothyroxine for thyroid dysfunction and no one has addressed the adrenal glands. Big mistake.

Solutions

It is not a mistake for estrogen to DROP as we age. It's how we were designed.

Synthetic hormones are NOT the answer. Unopposed estrogen-replacement is definitely NOT the answer, especially during non-surgical menopause. Keeping estrogen levels artificially high post-menopause leads to an increased risk of breast cancer and heart disease.

To enjoy weight loss in menopause, it is important to eat right. It is important to exercise. But more than that, it is important to remain optimistic. Just like when going through puberty our body changed in ways that were unknown to us, our body's are making changes again. It's OK. It is possible to get back in balance. You just need the proper foundational building blocks. (When building a house, it doesn't matter how many nails you have, if you don't have enough lumber. And it doesn't serve you, if I keep giving you nails. Our goal is to make sure you have enough nails AND lumber AND roofing shingles...etc.)


Street Talk

great info Doc! Shared

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  about 7 years ago
Joan S  

Very good information. Thank you Dr Becky.

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  about 7 years ago

Very nice article my dear:)

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  about 7 years ago

Changes in the body can stir up an array of hormones and the like but a healthy eating and exercise program will see you through anything

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  about 7 years ago

Good article. Nice to know there is a natural treatment.. Thanks

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  about 7 years ago
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