Weight at Menopause

Why do I put on weight at menopause?

  • Metabolic rate slows with age. The same amount of calories taken every day to maintain one’s weight will be seen as “too much” at menopause. A woman then starts putting on weight
  • Insulin sensitivity decreases with age and risk of diabetes goes up.
  • Many women lose lean body mass around the time of menopause
  • Many women get less active and more prone to injury with age.
  • Medical problems and complications may slow down physical activity.

Weight if left unattended can go up by 5 pounds during this transition and the waist measurements can increase by 3 cms. An increase in abdominal circumstances can increase risk of medical and cardiovascular problems.

Click Metabolic Syndrome for more information.