Menopause is one of the most important transitions for women. Many things change during this period, and it is a golden opportunity to intervene before negative health outcomes present. Studies have shown that after menopause the risk of cardiovascular disease increases significantly. But today I have GREAT NEWS to share with you!

A few weeks ago, The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism published a study conducted on more than 3300 women ages 42-52 years. These ladies were transitioning into menopause and they were followed for about 5 years. The researchers evaluated the presence of Metabolic Syndrome during those years.

Metabolic Syndrome is defined as the presence of at least 3 of these 5 conditions: high blood pressure, high blood glucose, low “good” cholesterol (HDL), high fat in the blood (Triglycerides), abdominal obesity (waist circumference greater than 34 inches). This Syndrome carries a high risk for heart disease and many other serious conditions.

The study showed that women who entered the transitioning years of menopause already having Metabolic Syndrome were able to REVERSE it by being more active and eating less calories; and women who did not have Metabolic Syndrome before menopause were able to PREVENT it by doing the same.

So, if you are a midlife woman, this is a call for you:

  • Increase your activity level: walk, run, dance, jump, play…
  • Decrease your caloric intake: eat smaller portions, cut off the snacks, avoid eating late…

Time to enjoy life to its maximum capacity!

Best wishes,

Dr. Maria Menucci

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