Piling on the pounds can easily happen during menopause
Many women find it hard to control their weight during menopause but most put this down to poor diet or lack of exercise.
In fact, the hormonal changes that menopause brings are an important factor in weight gain and can make losing weight more difficult.
As we start the change, production of our body’s two major hormones, oestrogen and progesterone, starts to fall. This in itself is entirely natural.
However in Western societies, a combination of factors including extended use of birth control, processed foods and environmental toxins, cause progesterone levels to drop much faster than in societies where these factors are not present. The result is a condition called oestrogen dominance.
Oestrogen dominance is an imbalance between oestrogen and progesterone levels whereby, instead of the two hormones being relatively equal to each other, the ratio of oestrogen is elevated.
“My anxiety has gone, all my womanly feelings have returned, I lost 7 pounds in weight in 10 days (no dieting) – no more bloating…”
Jane – age 49 Surrey, UK
This can occur even with low oestrogen levels, and the symptoms are easily recognised: hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings etc.
Less well known is that oestrogen, when unchecked by progesterone, interferes with thyroid function, reducing its effectiveness.
This stimulates an increase in the production of insulin, leading to increased conversion of carbohydrate into fat, as well as sugar cravings. The result is that the weight piles on much easier and slimming down is much harder.
“There are no doubt good evolutionary reasons for some of oestrogen’s seemingly negative actions on the body such as water retention and weight gain. If we think of oestrogen in terms of procreation and survival of the fetus, it would seem advantageous to the baby for the expectant mother, in times of famine, to store body fat.”
Dr John Lee MD – What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About The Menopause
Supplementing with natural progesterone products, such as Wellsprings Serenity and 20-1 cream, helps restore hormonal balance and in doing so can make weight control throughout menopause much easier to manage.
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