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Obesity and Menopause: What You Need to Know

Maintaining a healthy weight is important throughout your life, but even more so as you get older. Obesity is linked with an increased risk of potentially dangerous high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer and, if you’re going through menopause, it can make some of your symptoms worse.

So, what can you do to manage your weight during menopause to stay healthy and keep in control of your symptoms as much as possible?

Manage Weight, Manage Menopause Symptoms

Many women gain weight as they get older, with some putting this down to age and some attributing it to their hormonal changes. These might be factors for some women, but failure to recognise a naturally slowing metabolism and adjust their diet accordingly is more likely to be behind this midlife weight gain.

The needs of our bodies change as we get older, so we need to adapt our lifestyles with this in mind to keep them in the best possible condition.

Eating a healthier diet while cutting down on caffeine, alcohol and very spicy foods could help you to manage menopause symptoms like hot flushes, night sweats and difficulty sleeping.

It’s also important to keep yourself as cool as you can if you suffer from hot flushes, by wearing layers you can easily remove and keeping the temperature in your home as comfortable as possible, but it can be harder to achieve this comfort if you’re overweight, which should provide you with even more motivation to lead a healthier lifestyle.

In addition, taking steps to manage your stress levels, such as through yoga or mindfulness exercises, could help to put you in a better mindset to eat more healthily. What’s more, less stress could leave you less likely to comfort eat, further helping you to manage your weight.

Manage Weight, Manage Bone Health

A greater risk of osteoporosis can be a symptom of menopause, particularly among women who are classed as post-menopausal, and being obese can increase the likelihood of a diagnosis further.

This is because carrying excess weight can place extra pressure on your bones and joints, weakening them over time, consequently making them more likely to fracture or break in the event of an injury. As you get older, and particularly if you’re in poor health or overweight, bone breaks can be harder to recover from, and could even be debilitating.

As a result, it is vital to keep your weight in check during menopause and beyond to keep you feeling like the best version of yourself.

A healthy, balanced diet and regular exercise should be the foundation for this, but if you need a little extra support to get in the right mindset in order to be able to embark on these changes, taking a natural menopause supplement could help.

For example, Femarelle® supplements contain the soy derivative DT56a, which could help you to see an improvement in menopausal mood swings, hot flushes, trouble sleeping and a lack of energy. Natural menopause supplements can easily fit into your lifestyle, but you should always speak to your GP if you have any concerns about taking them due to your weight or medical history.

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Sources:

https://www.obesityaction.org/community/article-library/the-truth-about-menopause-and-weight-gain/

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/lose-weight-in-menopause

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/obesity/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-23313047