When it comes to menopause, the most common symptom complaints are probably hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings and decreased sex drive. But many women experience weight gain during menopause, and that is another issue that bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can address.
Women who are in perimenopause and full menopause can struggle with weight gain, according to this article. When a woman is in perimenopause, estrogen levels go up and down. Women who are in full menopause have decreased estrogen. Both of these conditions can cause weight gain. The article states that putting on extra pounds around the abdomen is the top complaint that women in all stages of menopause have.
Because estrogen and other hormones help to regulate your body’s metabolism, digestive system, appetite and other basic functions, having low levels can cause that delicate balance to tip. Also, when you experience low levels of estrogen and possibly lower bone density because of that, your body can react by clinging to fat cells that produce estrogen.
Dieting in this situation can cause more stress on a women’s body because while you are limiting your calorie intake to lose fat, your body is trying to hang onto fat to maintain bone structure and estrogen levels. That’s when it may be time to talk to your doctor about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
There are other causes of weight gain that can show up during menopause, such as insulin resistance, diabetes, thyroid issues and other conditions. If you’re struggling with weight gain and are in perimenopause or full menopause, discuss your concerns with your doctor. If other health issues are not the cause of your weight gain, see if BHRT can help.No tags for this post.