For many women, weight gain can skyrocket at the onset of perimenopause, the years leading up to menopause. Weight gain, night sweats, forgetfulness, moodiness, low libido and lack of energy are common symptoms of the condition.
The average age for a perimenopause diagnosis is 45, but some women face it as early as their late 30s and early 40s. The levels of the hormone testosterone start to decrease and libido is greatly affected. Weight gain is common, especially around the mid-abdominal area.
On average, a woman will gain a pound a year during this time. Women who gain in excess of 20 pounds after menopause can increase their risk for breast cancer risk by nearly 20 percent.
Regular exercise and a healthy diet can help minimize and stave off the effects of hormonal changes in the body.
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