Having hot flashes can be one of the causes for weight gain at menopause.
Menopause and peri-menopause are associated with the harmful loss of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone in women and with the tremendous increase in total and abdominal obesity and hot flashes.
When a woman is having hot flashes, her brain is yelling at her ovaries to make the required estrogen her body needs to function properly. Unfortunately, the ovaries are no longer listening and the only structure in a women’s body that is listening is the fat cells in the belly, hips and thighs.
That’s because estrone, the estrogen of menopause is only made in fat tissue. So with hot flashes, your body is becoming dedicated to making more fat so that it can make more estrogen. I have seen weight gains exceeding 20 to 30 pounds over less than five years.
Regardless of what women do whether it’s exercising, eating less and eating smarter, they still gain weight.
That’s because their body is primed to make more fat.
The good news is numerous reports have shown a dramatic improvement in stopping weight gain and abdominal obesity with balancing of hormones.
And best of all, without hot flashes women will get a better night sleep which lead to more energy and helps them to think clearer.
With menopause and falling hormone levels, there is also an increase in the enzyme which causes fat development in the abdomen, hips, and thighs.
Estrogen therapy reduces this fat forming enzyme which will decrease the enlargement of the fat cell thus decreasing fat formation in the abdomen, hips and thighs.
There is hope.
Unfortunately not all estrogens will reduce fat.
The topical bio-identical hormone therapies have been shown to dramatically reduce fat whereas the oral estrogen replacements, the synthetic horse urine derived estrogens and the synthetic progestins have all been shown to increase weight gain and inflammation.
So if you are having hot flashes and night sweats, don’t buy more fans, change your sheets every night or hide in the freezer. Get some help with bio-identical hormones and help your body stop fat forming in its tracks. Balancing your hormones will help you effectively lose weight, sleep better, think clearer, and feel more energized.
Call Dr. Robert Carlson at (941) 955-1815 for consultation.