Appetite and Menopause

Introduction and background

Keeping a healthy body is all about making sure that you always eat what is good for you and nothing else. In addition to that you also need to keep a close watch on how much you are eating every day. As long as these things are kept under observation, you can not only have a healthy lifestyle, you can also achieve a body that would make you look like a movie star. However, keeping these things in check is not just about the food and there are several external factors that can actually impact your appetite directly, causing upsets that can make you lose your health. In some cases it can get very serious too and therefore it is very important to understand these conditions and know how to cope with them. One of these conditions is menopause and research has shown that it can directly affect your appetite and in some cases it can be critical too. Menopause is not a rare problem and therefore a lot of women can face its consequences at some point in their lives, especially in terms of their appetite. We are going to help you understand how that happens and therefore, help you in finding ways to overcome its impact on your appetite. Keep reading to find out more.

Understanding menopause

If you haven’t had your periods for the last 12 months at least, you are officially experiencing menopause. There are other symptoms too that you experience during this time and they include insomnia, night sweats, difficulty in concentrating, mood swings, vaginal dryness and also facial hair growth. This situation coupled with the way menopause affects the hormones in the body, eventually causing changes in the appetite is very difficult for most women to cope with. This is why most women who experience menopause tend to gain a lot of weight. The impact of hormones is discussed in detail in the next section.

Menopause and hormones

There are a number of hormones that play a role in controlling our appetite and keeping them in proper balance is very critical in order to maintain a healthy appetite. These hormones include ghrelin, adiponectin, insulin and also leptin. Ghrelin is produced by the stomach and is responsible for slowing down the metabolism whereas adiponectin is responsible for controlling the insulin levels in the blood and the breaking down of fatty acids. According to research, published in 2011 in a journal named “Menopause”, it was found that menopause directly impacted the levels of both ghrelin and adiponectin. It also seemed to cause a noticeable decrease in leptin which is responsible for processing fatty acids. As a result of all that, it is easily understandable that menopause can cause a major negative impact on one’s appetite as well as the overall health.

Controlling your diet

While the impact that menopause will have on any woman’s body in both physical and hormonal dimension is nothing that should be denied, it is important that you keep yourself motivated for fitness during this time. The best way is to keep a good check on what you consume and note down the calories. At the same time, it is highly advised to keep a highly active routine that includes proper exercise, preferably aerobic. As long as you keep your fitness goals in check, not only can you counter the impacts that menopause has on your appetite, you can also counter the other different negative impacts it has on your body, many of which have been stated earlier.

Conclusion

Menopause clearly is a very strong factor in the alteration of your appetite and as long as you are committed to keeping a healthy lifestyle, there is no way that you can let it make you look and feel unattractive. So make sure you keep a strong will and remain steadfast.