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Australian researchers tried to determine the factors that lead women to put on weight during menopause and the way to avoid it.

Many women become confused when they start to gain weight during menopause, despite the fact that their eating habits haven't changed. The researchers found that the reason lies in the fact that menopause dramatically cuts their desire to exercise and with the unmodified calorie intake, they start to gain pounds.

So, one reason behind the menopause related weight gain is a reduction in energy expenditure and another is directly related to the lack of oestrogen, which has dramatic effects on signals the brain sends to the body. New studies are planned to see what causes these effects and whether or not they continue long-term.

Those women who had increased their level of physical activity during menopause managed to counteract the tendency to gain weight.

It is still not known why menopausal women stop moving as much but the researchers suspect it is not because of their age or the lifestyle constraints happening at that time of life.

The message to take home is that women entering menopause should force themselves to do some exercising despite the low desire to do so in order to save themselves from the undesired menopausal weight gain.


Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

Hormone Replacement Therapy has been found helpful in protecting women against harmful abdominal fat gain and the development of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

During menopause, most women experience redistribution of fat, often gaining weight around the middle, which is a proven risk for the development of cardio-metabolic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes.

While before menopause women have a lower risk of heart disease than men, menopause equalizes that risk.

Taking HRT has been shown to be helpful in maintaining the pre-menopausal risk levels.

Before undergoing any hormone replacement therapy, women should discuss the topic seriously with their doctors because additional hormones carry its side effects and may have long term consequences on the body. As always, benefits must outweigh the risks before taking any drastic measures.

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This is an interesting article. I can see a parallel here concerning the phenomenon of "male menopause". Men often start to gain excess fat around their midsection at about the same age when women enter their menopause. This predispose them to cardiovascular diseaase and type II diabetes just like women do. Quite a few medical clinics around the world are now offering human growth hormone (HGH) replacement therapy to men to reverse this undesirable trend. Testosterone replacement therapy can improve a man's lean body mass as well as his libido, but predisposes him to prostate cancer later in life, just as estrogen replacement therapy predisposes a woman to blood clots, ovarian cancer and fibroids.
The habit of regular exercise needs to be instituted early in life. A physically active youngster tends to grow old much more gracefully than a sedentary one.
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