Is it truth or myth? Will you really gain weight during menopause? Here is what you need to know.
Fluctuating Estrogen Levels Can Lead To Weight Gain
Perimenopause lasts around 4 years for the average woman, but sometimes as long as 10 years. You will experience many changes during perimenopause one being a significant drop in estrogen levels during the last two years. Research shows that lower levels of estrogen increase glucose, which often leads to abdominal weight gain averaging between 10 and 15 pounds.
When To Start Taking Notice
Most women will begin perimenopause between the ages of 45 and 55. Ask the women on both sides of your family when their symptoms began as it may give you an age-range to start looking out for. Symptoms include:
- Irregular periods
- Lower sex drive
- Tender breasts
- Vaginal dryness
- Mood swings
- Trouble sleeping
How To Manage Menopause
When your symptoms begin, head into your gynecologist to discuss the ways you can minimize and manage your symptoms. Also, consider reading The Wisdom of Menopause by Dr. Christian Northrup for actionable insights.
Even if it’s far off menopause is a natural and with the right information you can drastically reduce its negative impact on your life.