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Ways to Manage Menopausal Weight Gain

Dealing with menopause and weight gain at the same time can be distressing. You’re suddenly experiencing all kinds of unpleasant symptoms, you’re tired and irritable, your sex drive has disappeared and, to top it all off, you can no longer fit into the clothes that make you feel like you.

But what’s causing your menopause weight gain? Is it the process itself, the treatment that you’re on, or is it just a natural consequence of getting older?

Does HRT cause weight gain?

Although hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has been linked to an increased risk of multiple health conditions, including certain types of cancer, there is currently no evidence to suggest that weight gain and HRT are linked.

Some women have reported weight gain on HRT in the same way that some find themselves putting weight on while taking the combined contraceptive pill; both contain oestrogen, but there is no evidence to suggest that this can lead to weight gain.

However, there could be other factors linking menopause and weight gain. For example, your metabolism can naturally slow as you get older, while declining energy levels during menopause could see you consuming more calories to try to keep your energy up, causing you to gain weight.

Can menopause supplements cause weight gain?

Menopause supplements are designed to be taken as part of a healthy lifestyle, alongside a balanced diet and regular exercise. Although some supplements, such as Femarelle®, are advertised as food supplements, this does not mean they should become a substitute for healthy eating.

If you do find yourself suddenly gaining weight or experiencing any other side effects after trying a new menopause supplement, make sure you always seek professional medical advice as soon as possible.

Menopause and weight loss: How can it help?

Weight loss can be achieved during menopause, through healthy eating, exercise and finding a way to manage symptoms that suits your lifestyle.

During menopause, weight loss can help to manage bone health. Bone density can decrease as oestrogen levels decline, upping your risk of osteoporosis. Therefore, it can help if you’re not putting extra pressure on your joints due to being overweight.

Being overweight or obese can increase your likelihood of being diagnosed with a whole host of other health problems too, but this risk can be significantly reduced with weight loss, whatever stage of life you’re at.

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Sources:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hormone-replacement-therapy-hrt/side-effects/

https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/hormones-and-cancer/hrt-and-cancer

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/contraception/combined-contraceptive-pill/