I haven’t changed anything. Why am I gaining weight during menopause?

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Q: I haven’t changed anything. Why am I gaining weight during menopause?

November 10, 2014

A woman’s body goes through tremendous changes in our 40s and 50s. Your metabolism slows down and your risk for weight gain increases. Any potential for insulin resistance, a precursor of type 2 diabetes,  will manifest itself in menopause through both weight gain and higher blood sugar. If you don’t change anything during menopause, then you’re likely to gain weight. Your risk for diabetes and heart disease can rise quickly during this time.

To curb the weight gain, try increasing the amount of exercise. Take more walking breaks, carve out more time at the gym, and try family activities that will encourage everyone to move more. You might need to increase the amount and intensity of exercise to help you burn calories – no matter what your previous activities were.

The more you exercise, the less weight you’ll gain. Increasing your physical activity will help you lose inches around the waist and keep the weight off in the long term.

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