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Menopause and weight gain

Updated: Jun 10, 2023

Low estrogen levels can have an impact on body weight, although the relationship between estrogen and weight is complex and not fully understood. Here are some ways in which low estrogen levels may affect weight:

1. Metabolism: Estrogen plays a role in regulating metabolism. When estrogen levels decrease, it can lead to a slower metabolic rate, which means the body burns fewer calories at rest. This decrease in metabolism can contribute to weight gain or make it harder to lose weight.

2.Fat storage: Estrogen helps regulate fat distribution in the body. When estrogen levels are low, there is a tendency for fat to be stored more in the abdominal area, which is associated with an increased risk of obesity-related health issues.

3.Appetite and food cravings: Estrogen is involved in regulating appetite and satiety. Low estrogen levels may disrupt these mechanisms, leading to increased appetite and cravings, particularly for high-calorie foods. This can contribute to overeating and weight gain.

3.Muscle mass: Estrogen is important for maintaining muscle mass. Low estrogen levels can lead to a decrease in muscle mass, which can further slow down metabolism and make it more difficult to manage weight.

Please note that not all women with low estrogen levels will experience weight changes, and individual responses can vary. Weight management during periods of low estrogen should involve a comprehensive approach that includes a healthy diet, regular exercise, and lifestyle modifications.

If you have concerns about the impact of low estrogen on your weight or overall health, it's recommended to consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice and guidance.

Dr Purity Carr is a GP and Menopause Doctor in Harvey, Western Australia

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