Baby Boomer Women and Weight Concerns . . .
Diminished estrogen production due to menopause can have an effect on women’s weight at midlife. Estrogen has a role in regulating the size and number of fat cells (adipocytes). After menopause, the potency of estrogen receptor (A) diminishes. This receptor was in charge of regulating the size and number of fat cells. Additionally, after menopause. insulin secretion, insulin clearance and insulin sensitivity; the manner in which sugar (glucose) is utilized by cells also changes. The diminished behavior of insulin also leads to an increase in stored body fat.
A side note: menopausal women begin to see wrinkles and loss of skin tone on the face due to reduced estrogen production. Additionally, the vulva, the moist – cushioning labia tissue of the external genitalia lose fat padding and moisture due to diminished estrogen. Keirá Feminine Ointment pictured a few sections below provides vulva – labia comfort.
Ok, back to menopause weight gain. Appreciating these menopausal changes provides opportunity to modify meal planning to balance with the change in glucose metabolism. This modification can be self managed, and nurtures the heart and blood vessels.
The completion of the menopausal transition (no menstrual period for one year) essentially provides inner guidance for women to nurture their arterial and heart (cardiovascular) wellness.
A healthy weight at mid-life can be achieved by replacing high glycemic foods with low glycemic foods, working with interval-based exercise (see Tabata workout info below) and by internalizing a shift in thinking about food, exercise and heart health. Food is nourishing and nurturing, exercise renews (body and brain cells), your heart and its amazing function is your friend and strength (not something to be feared).
Tabata is a type of workout that kicks up metabolism. Tabata energizes metabolism which is a key objective to prevent weight gain and/or lose excess body fat. Additionally, with a Tabata workout metabolism stays energized not only during the workout, but after the workout is completed. CLICK HERE for a brief overview about Tabata interval based, metabolism boosting work out. No gym needed. Nothing to purchase.
Exercise improves insulin sensitivity and increases insulin stimulated glucose uptake. Exercise enhances the ability of insulin to transport sugar (glucose) to cells. It is important for sugar to go into cells to create energy, not float in the bloodstream. When sugar floats in the bloodstream, it eventually converts to fat (stored body fat). In addition to weight gain, this fat becomes troublesome (somewhat toxic) to the cells.
Physical activity also lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes in women through improved muscle insulin sensitivity – independent of body weight. Muscle is metabolically active tissue and burns more calories at rest than fat does, as such, when muscle is lost, metabolism slows. Kettle bell is helpful to build muscle.
For midlife women replacing high glycemic foods with low glycemic foods harmonizes with the change in glucose metabolism that results from diminished estrogen production. Adding soy and whey protein, nuts of any kind (including natural peanut butter), Greek yogurt (low fat, low sugar) to the diet helps curb appetite and contributes to beautiful muscle tone. Using natural stevia in place of white table sugar also helps keep glucose levels stable. This type of dietary change also reduces the risk of heart attack, heart disease and stroke because high blood sugar, like high salt, is very troublesome to cardiovascular health. For additional overviews about nurturing heart health please read Menopause, Estrogen and Blood Pressure, and Menopause Low Estrogen, and Salt, Arteries and Blood Pressure.
Keirá™ Feminine Ointment soothes labia/vulva skin. The natural decline in estrogen production due to menopause can disrupt vulva tissue hydration and renewal, resulting in symptoms that include dryness, irritation, and/or burning sensation of the labia and vulva tissue.
Keirá Feminine a Kātha-Soma™ skin care therapeutic addresses symptoms of labia dryness and vulvar atrophy (thin fragile vulva tissue). CLICK HERE to learn more about Keirá Feminine for vulva and labia comfort.
The vulva is a woman’s external genital area. It includes two hair covered folds of skin called the labia majora, which surround two inner folds called the labia minora. The labia majora and labia minora over lap and protect the opening of the vagina and the urethra (the tube through which urine is passed) and the clitoris. Vulva skin and the vagina are have similar yet different cell structure and tissue composition.
The information presented in the Kātha-Soma™ health blog helps women replace fear of heart attack with an appreciation for and an ability to nurture cardiovascular health. Sharing health knowledge helps thousands of women cultivate heart health regardless of age, race, demographic or socio-economic status.
DISCLAIMER Kātha Soma’s™ therapeutics work in harmony to support the body’s natural capacity to protect, balance and renew. The content presented in the this website is not intended as or should be construed as medical advice. Please consult with a healthcare practitioner for individual medical recommendations. U.S.A 2017