Hormones are actually not necessarily the biggest factor in terms of weight gain, but they are a factor as we age and perimenopause induces side effects such as poor sleep, fatigue, and change in fat to muscle ratio in our body. Some French Canadians have came up with a solution. Subtle impairment to the metabolism seems to be the blame, more than the specific place you are in menopause. At Women's Health Practice we have blood panel testing that will give you more in depth information regarding your cholesterol as well as information regarding your insulin levels and your ability to process sugar. Call or email to schedule your appointment today!
. In a report in Menopause in the winter of 2010, Dr. Andre Lemay and co-workers discovered that abdominal fat that menopausal women report also is related to increased triglycerides and decreased high density lipoprotein cholesterol, even fasting insulin levels were noted to be elevated in this group of women. In essence these women became pre-diabetics. For most of our women prediabetes is measure by Hba1c of greater than 5.6 and less than 6.5. And before any of the formal definitions of diabetes were met, a large percent of women with the abnormal Hba1c levels were found to have insulin resistance. Fasting insulin is an quick and accurate way to measure insulin resistance and can be used to have a positive intervention on your diet. It may mean taking diabetes medication, exercising more, exercising differently, controlling your hormones, and eating a fairly strict diabetic diet, but if the biologic basis is right, then this is a solution that has evaded patients and doctors for decades!
For more information read Menopause, Make Peace With Change.This book is about the menopausal transition focusing on changing menstrual cycles, changing hormonal levels, and menopausal changes in sexuality. Written by a female physician for women to help them understand how they can achieve the best health, beauty and vigor through understanding and managing the menopausal transition. It is a must read for women who proactively want to understand the discussion about menopause, normal changes versus medical conditions, the use of medications, and answers to questions they may have regarding health decisions they will need to make.