April 27, 2021
Are you a woman in your mid-forties or early fifties? If so, you may be experiencing the onset of perimenopause. This phase, which typically starts in a woman’s mid-forties and lasts for four to six years, marks the time when the body begins its transition into menopause. This natural passage in a woman’s life cycle is marked by the slow reduction of hormone levels. Perimenopause encompasses the years leading up to menopause in addition to the first year after your final period. It’s a natural part of aging and very individual.
The levels of your reproductive hormones — estrogen and progesterone — rise and fall unevenly during perimenopause. Your menstrual cycles may lengthen or shorten, and you begin having menstrual cycles in which you don’t ovulate.
The onset of menopause can be accompanied by an increase in total cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol, and triglyceride levels. In addition, HDL (good) cholesterol levels may decrease, especially in women who gain weight during this time period. So, being proactive is key!
When your body is preparing and undergoing this change, making some healthy lifestyle changes can greatly help ease some of the symptoms of perimenopause as well as promote good health as you age.
Why the Weight Gain?
Some menopausal women experience something they may never have had a problem with before – weight gain. The reason is multifaceted:
Planning for your body’s metabolic slowdown by making healthy choices and staying physically active will go a long way towards helping you feel like “yourself” during this time!
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