34 MENOPAUSE SYMPTOMS

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34 MENOPAUSE SYMPTOMS
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Calcium Prevents Menopausal Weight Gain


Studies have shown that weight gain during menopause is directly related to decreased ovarian activity, resulting in lower basal metabolism, decreased lean muscle mass, and increased fat mass, notably around the abdomen. Decreased metabolism is associated with aging, but this accelerated weight gain is directly related to menopause, independent of the aging process. This weight gain indicates an increased risk for obesity-related health problems, especially heart disease.


The best way to prevent and control menopausal weight gain is to decrease daily caloric intake and increase daily caloric expenditure (diet and exercise). The Women's Healthy Lifestyle Project followed 535 women aged 44 to 50 for five years. The women in the test group followed a reduced calorie and low-fat diet (1,300 calories per day, 25% of calories from fat) and increased exercise. After five years, 55% of the test group women maintained or lost weight, as opposed to 26% of the controls.

Other factors may also help to prevent/control menopausal weight gain. A recent study suggests that in women who are deficient in calcium, calcium and vitamin D supplements can be effective in helping to control weight. A trial followed 36 282 postmenopausal women 50 to 79 years of age for 7 years. Women in the test group took a daily dose of 1000mg calcium and 400 IU of vitamin D, as opposed to placebo.
exercise is an important part of preventive weight gain

After 3 years, women taking calcium supplements were 11% less likely to gain weight. Considering that a significant portion of the US population is deficient in calcium, menopausal women may want to consider calcium and vitamin D supplements not only to help prevent weight gain, but in the interest of overall health.

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