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Why Women Gain Weight After Menopause and How to Prevent It

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Hot flashes and mood changes aren’t the only symptoms of menopause. Many women also say it becomes harder to control their weight around this time. This isn’t surprising considering the hormonal fluctuations that are taking place. As menopause approaches, the ovaries produce less estrogen, although estrogen levels don’t suddenly drop. They often fluctuate wildly during peri-menopause, leading to irregular periods, temperature intolerance and mood disturbances. Progesterone production by the ovaries also stops at menopause. Even though the ovaries no longer produce estrogen, fat cells continue to produce it. Even after menopause you still have estrogen floating around, although less than you did premenopausally.

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