Metabolism rate lowered after menopause?


Question from Flashdif: With the onset of menopause during chemo (age 43) my metabolism has shut down. All the dieting and exercise I normally do to lose weight are ineffective, and the pounds are slowly but steadily growing. Help!
Answers - Cyndi Thomson, Ph.D., R.D. I can relate, particularly in this age group of 40 to 50. Basically, effects of menopause that many women would experience over several years you are experiencing over a very short time frame. But don't give up. You may need to build in more physical activity, either by scheduled exercise twice a day or by scheduling exercise once a day and then looking for opportunities to increase energy output throughout your day. For example, climbing stairs, parking your car farther from the entrance of your work place, doing extra gardening. Those would be some examples.

I would recommend you meet with a dietician and look at measuring other aspects of your health beyond body weight. For example you should look at body composition, circumferences of your waist, upper arms, thighs, etc. or biochemical markers of health such as your lipids or things such as blood pressure or respiratory rates that indicate a healthy being that may be independent of your body weight.

On Wednesday, January 19, 2005, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Nutrition and Weight. Cyndi Thomson, Ph.D., R.D. and Marisa Weiss M.D. answered your questions about nutrition and weight.

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