Help for weight gain after ovary removal?


Question from Ann: I have gained weight since having my ovaries removed. I am stage IV and very concerned about the estrogen coming from fat cells. What strategies do you have for weight management?
Answers - Mindy Goldman, M.D. I think it's important to work with your doctor on safe dietary measures. Certainly decreased caloric intake and exercise are the safest. There are some programs that may have specific diets, but those should be done under a physician's supervision. Some patients who have estrogen-receptor-positive tumors may also be treated with aromatase inhibitors. These drugs work by shutting down all peripheral estrogen. In someone who is heavier, one of the primary sources of this estrogen is in fat cells. So if you are on an aromatase inhibitor, this may help to decrease your concerns.

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