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Menopausal Weight Gain and The Link Between Insulin & Belly Fat

Menopausal weight gain is often to do with hormone shifts but not only the ones you might expect. Of course, when it comes to perimenopause and post-menopause estrogen and progesterone get a lot of press. As well they should. Because menopause is the end of your fertile years and these two hormones are major players …

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7 Incredible Health, Weight & Skin Benefits Of Enzogenol®

One of the ingredients we use in 55+ is called Enzogenol®. And there are very good reasons we’ve chosen to include it. Firstly, we always look for effective, natural solutions for pre-, peri- and post-menopause. Secondly, if a product or compound has been through clinical trials it gets our vote. This is because it means …

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Why calorie restricted diets make you fat

Following on from my previous blog; where I explained why not to diet because of the Diet Cycle… Today you will gain some educated understanding on why calorie restricted diets actually make you fat! That’s right your diet could be working in reverse. Restricted calorie diets, where you count calories, watch everything you eat, and …

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This is the time when menstruation is well and truly over, the ovaries have stopped producing high levels of sex hormones and for many ladies, perimenopause symptoms subside.

Estrogen has protective qualities and the diminished levels mean organs such as your brain, heart and bones become more vulnerable. It’s also a key lubricant so your lips may become drier, your joints less supple and your vagina might be drier. In addition, your thyroid, digestion, insulin, cortisol and weight may alter.

At this juncture, a woman might experience an increase in the signs of reduced estrogen but she should have a decrease of perimenopause symptoms. That said, some women will experience symptoms like hot flushes for years or even the rest of their lives.


Peri = ‘near’

Most females begin to experience the symptoms of perimenopause in their mid-forties. Your progesterone levels decline from your mid-30s but it’s generally from around 40 that the rest of your sex hormones begin to follow suit. 

Perimenopause is a different experience for every woman and some women may barely notice it. The first indicators are usually changes to the monthly cycle. This means that for some ladies, this can be accompanied by things like sore breasts, mood swings, weight gain around the belly, and fatigue as time goes on.

For those with symptoms it can be a challenging time physically, mentally and emotionally.

Importantly, perimenopause lasts – on average – four to 10 years. The transition is usually a gradual process and many women enter perimenopause without realising.