This is a common complaint with ageing and I must admit I am finding it more of a challenge than it used be now I am over fifty. If you have an imbalance in oestrogen to progesterone, this can give you symptoms of bloating, constipation, fluid retention and weight gain( especially around the abdomen),making weight management an ongoing challenge . How do you know if you are one of these women, you need to have a chat with your doctor and request a hormonal profile especially oestrogen and progesterone, this will give a reading of the balance of the three major oestrogens, oestrone, oestridiol and oestriol and also the balance of progesterone. This is not only valuable forweight management but also to reduce your chances of developing chronic illnesses such as auto immune and cancers.
Without going into too much details with illness, I would like to focus on the weight management aspect of this form of hormonal imbalance. If you are still getting a period, this can actually make oestrogen dominance a little worse as you are still producing oestrogen, however not in the correct ratio of progesterone. The progesterone has now dropped due to the fact you are probably not ovulating every month, leading to a worsening of oestrogen dominanceconditions such as fibroids, heavy bleeding, moodiness, weight gain and irregular periods.
It is important to understand the amount you exercise and reduce your calories will have a minimal influence on this form of weight gain, hence the frustration. What will generally happen is you may go to the doctor and ask to get your hormones checked and they will generally assume you are only asking to see if you are in menopause. What you need to make clear is your are wanting to get an assessment to see what is the ratio of your oestrogens and also the ratio of oestrogen to progesterone. My understanding this is best done through saliva and urine.
If you do have oestrogen dominance then we need to find out what are the contributing factors and they can be due to dietary, bowel and liver function, toxin overload, stress and insufficient exercise to name a few. Over the next few weeks I will be discussing all areas and the next blog will be on “Over fifty and gaining weight – Part Two- Dietary Influences”.
If you are after more information on how to improve your body shape while ageing, then I encourage you to have a look at the book “Ageless Vitality” available at http://agelessvitality.com.au/either as an Ebook or paperback.
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