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MIDLIFE WEIGHT GAIN IN WOMEN

Many women find themselves gaining weight around menopause. It's not unusual for a woman to gain ten or fifteen pounds even though she may not have increased her calories or decreased the amount of daily exercise. This weight gain may be nature's attempt to protect her. The extra padding around the hips can help to prevent injury due to falls.
Small amounts of estrogen created by the fat cells can help to replace the estrogen no longer produced by the ovaries. Also, the extra weight provides a natural weight bearing exercise to make the bones denser helping to prevent osteoporosis.

If obesity is not a factor, then the weight gain may not be harmful. Overall fitness and particularly Tune-Up is the key to wellness and is extremely important for the postmenopausal women.


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