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My Approach to Menopause
Menopause & Perimenopause
Menopause is the permanent cessation of periods in women, and it occurs on average around 51 years old but it may occur as early as 40 and as late as 55 years of age. Menopause is the point at which a woman stops ovulating and menstruating, indicating the end of fertility. It is important to remember that menopause is not a disease, and it is a natural progression in life.
Perimenopause is the period when a woman’s body is preparing for menopause, and the time after menopause is called postmenopause. During perimenopause, for most women hormone production starts to slow down when they reach their thirties, and continues to diminish as they age.
Oestrogen and progesterone are commonly thought as reproductive hormones. While oestrogen is essential for reproduction, cells in the breasts, vagina, bladder, skin, heart, liver, bones, and brain all contain oestrogen receptors and require an oestrogen to stimulate these receptors for the normal function of the cells. Progesterone works as a counterpart to oestrogen. During the second half of woman’s menstrual cycle, progesterone stimulates changes in the lining of the uterus to complete its preparation to be a home for a fertilized egg. Testosterone and the other hand is most important for a healthy libido.
Understanding Menopause and Weight Gain
Menopause is a natural stage of a woman’s life, marking the end of her reproductive years. During this transition, the body undergoes significant hormonal changes, which can have a profound impact on various aspects of health, including weight management. Many women find that they gain weight, particularly around their midsection, during this time.
The hormonal shifts associated with menopause can cause a decrease in metabolism, muscle mass, and overall energy expenditure. Additionally, the loss of estrogen can lead to an increase in abdominal fat deposition. These factors combined make it more challenging for women to maintain or lose weight during menopause.
One of the key advantages of consulting a Nutritionist is the ability to address any underlying health conditions or concerns that may be affecting your weight management. Your Nutritionist will take a holistic approach, considering factors such as thyroid health, insulin resistance, and adrenal function. By identifying and addressing these issues, we can optimize your body’s ability to achieve weight loss success during menopause.