Contrary to popular belief, HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) isn’t the culprit behind weight gain. Let’s clear up this misconception and dive into the actual details.
As women approach and undergo perimenopause and menopause, the body’s production of the hormone oestrogen decreases. This is because the body anticipates a reduced need for it, given its primary role in reproduction. Meanwhile, this hormonal change can strain the adrenals, organs that play a significant role in fat metabolism.
Your adrenals regulate cortisol levels, a hormone sourced from various processes within the body. When functioning properly, they maintain a healthy cortisol balance. However, disruptions, especially during phases like perimenopause and menopause, can upset your metabolic rate. A well-known consequence of a decreased metabolic rate is weight gain, especially around the midsection, a concern for many women.
A common question I encounter from patients revolves around ways to manage or reduce this newly accumulated fat. While there’s no magic solution, a combination of hormonal balance, regular exercise, and a mindful diet can boost metabolic rates, enhancing fat burn. Additionally, managing stress is essential as heightened stress levels can surge cortisol production. Opting for a diet low in sugar ensures the carbohydrates consumed are nourishing rather than simply contributing to fat storage.
Lastly, always seek comprehensive information regarding any suggested treatment or medication. Being informed empowers you to make decisions that best suit your needs.