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Menopause and weight gain

by Sonia Chartier, on 6 October 2014, Menopause, Women's Health
weight gain

After 40, many of us watch our bodies put on extra weight. Indeed, on average, our bodies gain a pound a year when we are in our 40s.  When women go through menopause, the physical and hormonal changes can exacerbate this weight gain.

Many women go on extreme diets to fight this. However, these are often ineffective, because diet is not the only culprit behind weight gain during menopause.  The weight gained during menopause is also more apparent: instead of being distributed throughout the body, it is held in the belly area, and once it settles in, it is difficult to lose.

Why the weight gain?

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What is Menopause?

by Sonia Chartier, on 29 March 2014, Menopause, Women's Health
What is Menopause

Signs, Symptoms, and Treatments 

Menopause is not an illness, it’s a transition; part of aging.  You cannot stop the process and revert to your twenties, but you can make the transition more pleasant.

By definition, a woman reaches menopause when she has not had her period for at least 12 consecutive months, and can no longer conceive.  The process leading up to menopause can last a few years.  This process is the body’s progressive decline in producing reproductive hormones. This is most welcome for some, dreaded by others and the symptoms can feel overwhelming at times.

The typical menopausal symptoms are caused by the fall of estrogen and progesterone levels, especially if they fall precipitously or out of sync with each other.

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