Baby Boomer Women and Weight Concerns . . .
Diminished estrogen production due to menopause has 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. After menopause. insulin secretion, insulin clearance and insulin sensitivity; the manner in which sugar (glucose) is utilized by cells also changes.
Appreciating these changes provides opportunity to modify meal planning to balance with the change in glucose metabolism. This modification can be self managed, translates to a lower cost in groceries and nurtures the heart and blood vessels. The end of the menopausal transition essentially provides internal guidance for women to nurture cardiovascular health.
A healthy weight at mid-life can be achieved by replacing high glycemic foods with low glycemic foods, participating in joyful exercise and by internalizing a shift in thinking about food, exercise and heart health.
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 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.
For midlife women replacing high glycemic foods with low glycemic foods harmonizes with the change in glucose metabolism. Adding soy and whey protein shakes to the diet helps curb appetite and contributes to beautiful muscle tone. 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.
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The information presented in the Katha 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.
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