does your waistline say about your health? Why is belly fat
more common after menopause? Does it pose a dangerous health
get older, you might notice that maintaining your usual weight
becomes more difficult. Many women gain weight around the
menopause transition. Research shows that belly fat also
carries serious health risks.
weight gain isnít inevitable, however. You can reverse
course by paying attention to healthy-eating habits and
leading an active lifestyle.What causes menopause weight gain?
hormonal changes of menopause might make you more likely to
gain weight around your abdomen than around your hips and
thighs. But hormonal changes alone donít necessarily cause
menopause weight gain. Instead, the weight gain is usually
related to aging, as well as lifestyle and genetic factors.For
example, muscle mass typically diminishes with age, while fat
increases. Loss of muscle mass decreases the rate at which
your body uses calories, which can make it more challenging to
maintain a healthy weight. If you continue to eat as you
always have and donít increase your physical activity, youíre
likely to gain weight.Genetic factors also might play a role
in menopause weight gain. If your parents or other close
relatives carry extra weight around the abdomen, youíre
likely to do the same.
factors, such as a lack of exercise, unhealthy eating and a
lack of sleep, might contribute to menopause weight gain. When
people donít get enough sleep, they tend to snack more and
consume more calories.
behind belly fat?Your weight is largely determined by how you
balance the calories you eat with the energy you burn. If you
eat too much and exercise too little, youíre likely to carry
excess weight, including belly fat.However, aging also plays a
role. Muscle mass might diminish slightly with age, while fat
increases. Loss of muscle mass also decreases the rate at
which your body uses calories, which can make it more
challenging to maintain a healthy weight.Many women also
notice an increase in belly fat as they get older, likely due
to a decreasing estrogen level. Estrogen appears to influence
where fat is distributed in the body.
tendency to gain or carry weight around the waist ó and have
an apple rather than a pear shape ó might have a genetic
component, as well.
belly fat more than skin deep?
trouble with belly fat is that itís not limited to the extra
layer of padding just below the skin (subcutaneous fat). It
also includes visceral fat, which lies deep inside your
abdomen, surrounding your internal organs.
subcutaneous fat poses cosmetic concerns, visceral fat is
linked with far more dangerous health problems, including:
also has associated belly fat with an increased risk of
premature death ó regardless of overall weight. Some studies
have found that, even when women were considered a normal
weight based on standard body mass index, measurements, a
large waistline increased the risk of dying of cardiovascular