What Causes Weight Gain During Menopause?
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Estrogen levels and insulin sensitivity decline at menopause. The body doesn't respond to insulin like it used to and this in turn reduces the transfer of sugar from the blood stream to tissues. This stagnant sugar requires more insulin to reach the tissues and insulin promotes fat production. This is where the extra pounds kick in.
We all dread weight gain during menopause, and it can be an upsetting occurrence.
What causes weight gain at menopause?
As estrogen levels decline at menopause, so does insulin sensitivity. Insulin transfers sugar from the blood stream into the tissue and tells the tissue to make fat from this sugar. This means that the body doesn’t respond to insulin as well as it used to, sugar doesn’t get moved from the blood into the tissue as well as it did, which means a need to make more insulin. Since insulin promotes fat production, more insulin means more fat production. If sugar isn’t getting moved into the tissues well, the tissues are lacking fuel which can lead to carb cravings.
What Should You Do During Menopause To Avoid Weight Gain:
The solution to menopausal weight gain is to reduce carb intake to minimize the need to make insulin.
There are various natural means to promote insulin sensitivity. Exercise is one of the best ones. If you are not already exercising somehow daily, that is essential and can make a significant difference.
Growth hormone levels also tend to decline as we age which means decreased muscle mass. Muscle burns more calories even while you are sleeping. Adding weight training to your workouts can help maintain growth hormone levels.
High levels of stress deplete the function of the adrenal glands, your stress glands that help maintain your blood pressure, blood sugar, balance your hormones and keep inflammation in check. Adrenal glands produce at least half of your testosterone and testosterone helps maintain muscle mass. Supporting healthy adrenal glands can help stabilize blood sugar, give you more energy, help you deal with stress more easily and maintain healthy hormone levels as you age.
Here’s a summary of what you can do to avoid those extra kilos:
– Lower your carb intake
– Weight train
– Lower your stress level
– Support adrenal gland function with vitamins, minerals and herbs
Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.