Hormone replacement may help combat belly fat for postmenopausal women, according to a study published on March 27, 2018.
“Preclinical data has shown that either surgical menopause or declines in estrogen accelerates fat accumulation, primarily visceral or abdominal fat. Changes over time in how women look — such as noticing more abdominal fat, having increases in waist size, pants no longer fitting in the waist or increases in breast size — all may be signs.” said Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, executive director of the North American Menopause Society.
It is unfortunate that this extra fat can be life-threatening. “A body fat percentage of 35% or more for postmenopausal women means a higher risk of obesity-related heart and diabetes risks, including higher total and LDL (bad) cholesterol and insulin resistance.” Pinkerton explained.
Women are encouraged to eat healthy and keep a check on their weight and exercise. A new study shows that from over 1,000 postmenopausal women, aged 50 to 80 years, those who were taking hormones reported significantly lower levels of tummy fat than those who had never used them.
“Up until now, there was not a large study focused on the fat in the abdomen, which is the most known detrimental fat in the body. The new conclusion of the study is that menopausal hormone therapy prevents the increase of type of fat in postmenopausal women.” said Dr. Georgios Papadakis, lead author of the study.
“There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to decisions about hormone therapy. The risks and benefits vary, depending on the woman’s own characteristics as well as the type of hormone therapy, the dose used, the duration of use and especially age and time from menopause when therapy is initiated.” Pinkerton explained.
This study is reassuring for women between 50 and 60 years of age, with normal weight, and no family history of breast cancer.