Women’s Wellness and Weight Gain
Menopause presents unique challenges to women that can significantly affect their health and quality of life. This is especially true when it comes to weight gain.
On average, post-menopausal women in their 50s–60s gain 1.5 pounds per year, primarily around their midsection.
Not only can an expanding waistline make individuals self-conscious or unhappy about their appearance, but increased weight can also make them more likely to experience heart disease–the number one cause of death in post-menopausal women.
So, how can women successfully navigate hormonal and metabolic changes during this period in their lives?
Keep reading for recommendations on post-menopausal women’s wellness and weight gain.
What Challenges Do Post-Menopausal Women Face?
Symptoms of menopause, including mood changes, sleep disturbances, and hot flashes, can negatively impact a woman’s daily functioning and interfere with their commitment to a healthy lifestyle.
Consequently, they may have greater difficulty adhering to a healthy diet and regular exercise. This can gradually cause them to gain weight and predispose them to a number of medical issues including cardiovascular disease, abnormal glucose levels, high lipid levels, and high blood pressure.
What Are the Risks of Obesity?
Hormonal and metabolic changes associated with menopause can make women extremely vulnerable to obesity. In turn, obesity can exacerbate hot flashes, contribute to sexual dysfunction, and increase an individual’s risk of cancer.
That being said, there is a clear connection between menopause, women’s wellness, and weight gain, and it’s important for patients and providers to take action to prevent the worsening of symptoms and development of new issues.
Recommendations for Women’s Wellness and Weight Gain
In order to assist women in managing changes during and after menopause, providers should take care to screen women for weight gain and obesity. If they are approaching an unhealthy weight, early intervention can be very beneficial, and may include psychological support, regular exercise, and developing healthy eating habits.
Additionally, hormone replacement therapy can also be helpful in addressing women’s wellness and weight gain if patients are in the early stages of menopause. In fact, HRT is often effective in alleviating symptoms of menopause and allowing women to return to their healthy habits.
To learn more about women’s wellness and weight gain, please contact Tyson’s Gynecology today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with one of our highly skilled and experienced providers.