Weight, Waist and Menopause

Women who lose estrogen as they become menopausal and stay hypoestrogenemic (low in estrogen) because they don't take hormones get fatter, and get fatter specifically around their waist. We have not fully understood why, but a new study helps us understand that as women loose their natural estrogen as they go through menopause they have more of a hormone called leptin and as that hormone rises their fat stores around their middle will increase. You add that to a bit less activity, a bit more stress, poorer posture, less lean body mass, and a bit less sleep, all reasons your waist and your weight will begin to climb. So it's critical to come and have a consultation with your gyno about these hormonal changes and what you can do to maximize your health and benefit your shape!

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