What is menopause?
Menopause marks the time when women’s reproductive hormones naturally begin to decline, and this typically occurs when they reach their 40’s and 50’s. Menopause is associated with various symptoms due to changes and fluctuations in hormone levels. Common symptoms include hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, changes in libido, vaginal dryness, and sleep disturbances. The severity and duration of symptoms can vary among individuals.
Which hormones are impacted during menopause?
Estrogen and progesterone are the main hormones that regulate the menstrual cycle and fertility, and during menopause, there is a decline in the production of these hormones. Bone density, cardiovascular health, and metabolism are components of a woman’s health that may see significant changes during menopause.
Which hormones impact weight changes during menopause?
The primary hormonal changes that influence weight during menopause involve the decline in estrogen and progesterone levels. As previously stated, changes in metabolism can occur as a result of lower hormone levels, in addition to change in fat distribution and overall body composition. Below are other ways that hormones influence weight during menopause.
Estrogen & Progesterone
Estrogen is a regulator in how the body stores fat. The decline in estrogen levels during menopause is associated with a shift in this distribution, leading to an increase in abdominal fat. While its impact on weight is not as pronounced as estrogen, progesterone influences fluid retention in the body, and its decline during menopause may contribute to bloating.
Insulin is responsible for regulating blood sugar levels and fat storage in the body. Insulin sensitivity may decrease during menopause. Insulin resistance, also known as impaired insulin sensitivity, can contribute to weight gain and an increased risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Testosterone levels also decline with age, including during menopause. Testosterone contributes to muscle mass, and its decline may lead to a reduction in lean muscle tissue, changes in metabolism, and ultimately make it easier to gain weight.
How can I regulate my weight during menopause?
At Regenerative Medical Institute, we provide various services to help patients regulate their weight. We now have the InBody Scale in our office, which accurately measures aspects of body composition and provides information to develop customized weight management and nutrition programs.
Identifying changes in hormone levels can help determine ways to balance them naturally. Healthy lifestyle choices including physical exercise, nutritious food, adequate sleep, and reduced stress can help keep hormones at balanced levels. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy helps to even out imbalanced hormones, improve functionality in the body, and prevent hormonal weight gain.
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