REALITY #5: Changes due to menopause can increase the risk of developing certain health problems.
Lowering levels of estrogen and other changes related to aging such as loss of muscle mass, increased visceral fat and weight gain raises your risk of osteoporosis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes, a sluggish thyroid, heart attack, and even stroke.
The risk to developing a health condition is greater if you were already overweight. While medications can help, many of these conditions interfere with the ability to live a more ACTIVE lifestyle due to the increased fatigue, medication side effects, the extra weight and the self-consciousness about having it, and just not feeling your best.
REALITY #6: Certain medications can slow down the metabolism and cause weight gain.
In response to newly diagnosed medical conditions, lack of sleep and more fatigue, as well as a lessoned ability to deal with physical, emotional and mental stress, more medications are prescribed.
It’s important to understand that while they may be necessary, certain medications such as antidepressants, beta-blockers, corticosteroids such as cortisone or prednisone, insulin, statins and Tamoxifin can trigger hunger, an increase in appetite, increased fluid retention, and a slowing of the metabolism.