Sep 24, 2015

What To Know About Menopause And Slow Metabolism


By Daphne Bowen

Women who reach a certain age range are expected to go through a process known as menopause. This refers to the time period following the last period. It usually occurs in women between 40 and 50 years old. There is no exact age when it can be expected, but there are symptoms that signify that it has started. Menopause and slow metabolism are closely associated. Most who go through this period will gain some weight because of the slowing down of their metabolism and other symptoms that come with menopause.

This is a biological and natural process. It will occur in women who are healthy and of age. This experience will differ by person and many factors. Certain signs, some which are not favorable, will indicate that this stage in life has begun.

Menopause indicates the end of fertility. Still, there are women who remain healthy, sexual and vital following this stage of life. Some are happy to go through this process because it means they will no long have their monthly period and are freed of worrying about pregnancy.

Some of the symptoms are not as desirable. Hot flashes and other physical problems might arise. Women are also expected to be more emotional during this process, frequently dealing with feelings of sadness, anxiety and loss.

Women are expected to respond in different ways to this bodily process. Most will go through a stage known as perimenopause. This refers tot the time, be it months or years, leading up to the onset of menopause. Symptoms and signs associated with these stages of life: irregular periods, difficulty sleeping, weight gain, thinning hair, loss of fullness in the breast, dry skin, night sweats, vaginal dryness, hot flashes, slow metabolism and mood changes. Many experience more than one of these symptoms.

There are many ways that a slower metabolism can impact a woman. Metabolism is defined as the bodily process in which food and drink consumed is turned to energy. Even when the body resists, it is necessary for it to have energy to carry out processes like cell repair, breathing and circulation of blood. The amount of calories necessary for proper function of the body is known as basal metabolic rate and may differ based on age, body size and composition, and sex.

Menopausal patients might note that they have trouble losing weight and easily gain it. The pounds might add up, even if their diet has not changed. Usually the extra weight focuses in areas where it was never before, which is often the midsection for women. Cracked skin, cellulite, intense sugar cravings and dry hair are other signs of a slow metabolism and menopause.

Women going through this are encouraged to work closely with doctors. These professionals will ensure that preventative care is given to those in need, including pelvic exams, colonoscopy, mammography, thyroid tests and breast exams. Symptoms of this, including weight gain, may be better managed by those who have the adequate amount of vitamins and minerals in their system. Managing stress, regularly exercising and maintaining a balanced diet will also be of benefit.

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