Menopause is a natural process that marks the end of fertility and occurs one year after your last menstrual cycle. Women often begin experiencing menopause symptoms during their 30s and 40s during a period known as perimenopause or pre-menopause. These symptoms can fluctuate and intensify until menopause occurs, and they may continue throughout life. They can be significant enough to interfere with your quality of life and may include hot flashes, depression and sexual dysfunction.
Although menopause is a normal biological process, it can be quite uncomfortable. It can also lead to weight gain. Menopause and weight gain are quite closely linked. Fluctuating hormones can trigger increased hunger, decreased muscle mass, low energy levels and other issues that can all lead to weight gain. Unfortunately, menopausal weight gain tends to be around the midsection, which is considered the riskiest type of fat. Abdominal fat can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and Type 2 diabetes.
While you may have little control over when you go into menopause, you may have far more control over your symptoms. Lifestyle changes can often be extremely effective in helping women manage their discomfort. Regular, moderate exercise has been shown to decrease the risk of weight gain and help women manage other symptoms, such as stress, anxiety and depression, while strengthening bones and increasing muscle mass. A healthy diet that is low in processed foods and rich in vegetables, fruits, low-fat dairy and lean protein can help women manage their weight and reduce their risk of certain menopause-related health problems.
Natural supplements can be another option. DON’T PAUSE uses a special blend of herbs and natural ingredients that support healthy hormonal balance and decrease the 45 symptoms of menopause so that women can enjoy happier lives and healthier weights.