Weight gain during menopause continues to be a challenge to women. About 30% of women aged 50-59 are not just overweight, but obese. This weight gain increases one’s risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. Just when we are getting used to the other symptoms often associated with menopause (hot flashes, insomnia, etc), we now have to worry about other serious chronic diseases! It’s hard not to say, “aging is not for sissies”.
So why does menopause add those unwanted inches? Scientists and physicians indicate that it is probably due to a number of factors related to both menopause and aging.