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Why do women gain weight during menopause?

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Image: A recent study suggests that mindfulness may be a promising tool to help menopausal women struggling with irritability, anxiety, and depression.

For most women, perimenopause – the transition to menopause – begins in their 40s. The entire menopause process typically lasts around four years and begins with the ovaries making less estrogen. A woman is considered to be post-menopausal when she hasn’t experienced a menstrual period for 12 months. This usually occurs between the ages of 46 to 52 years.

Symptoms of menopause can include irregular periods, hot flushes, fatigue, tender breasts, night sweats, vaginal dryness, difficulty sleeping, changes in mood and lower libido.

During menopause, hormonal changes can affect the way fat is distributed in the body, but ageing is more likely to be the cause of any weight gain associated with menopause.

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Hormones, mental health and menopause

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How hormones impact your mental health during enopause.

What's the connection between hormones and mental health? How do our hormonal changes affect our emotional wellbeing? And what are some ways we can nurture positive mental health?

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Menopause discrimination is a real thing

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Menopause discrimination is a real thing – this is how employers can help.

For many women, going through the menopause can be a difficult time. It typically occurs for women between 45-55 years-old and lasts four to eight years. Most women experience some symptoms – the severity and duration of which can vary from woman to woman. The most common symptoms include hot flushes, headaches, problems with memory or concentration and mood changes.

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Ageing well through the menopause

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Whether you're dreading 'The Change' or looking forward to the freedom it can bring, for most women in their midlife years, menopause is on the menu.

And while this life stage may bring changes and challenges, there are positive steps that women can take to improve their health and wellbeing during this time.

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How to bring your A-game to your frame

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We tend to think of our skeletons as a never-changing frame. However, just like other parts of our bodies, our bones are constantly being broken down and renewed.

Bones, just like muscles, are living tissue and need to be looked after. And an important part of bone care is physical activity, to enable them to gain strength and remain strong throughout life.

But what exercise or physical activity is best for bone health? You may have heard of the term 'weight-bearing exercise', but what does the term actually mean? And how do you get the most bang for your 'exercise buck' when it comes to bone health? Here, we'll answer these questions and more.

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