The relationship between menopause, sleep, weight gain and cardiovascular disease – Campos 24 Horas

03/04/2021, 00h20, Photo: Reproduction.

A paper released this month at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society shows that sleeping problems can contribute to weight gain during menopause. “Our research shows that, in addition to reducing estrogen in the body, sleep disorders predispose middle-aged women to gain weight, increasing the risk of diabetes and other diseases,” said PhD Leilah Grant, researcher at Brigham and Women´ s Hospital, linked to Harvard University. (read more below)

Obesity rates increase in the post-menopausal period, but experts have come to the conclusion that the lack of the hormone estrogen is not the only factor involved in the process, as only half of women gain significant weight. As sleep problems also intensify at this stage, an experiment was carried out during which a group of healthy pre-menopausal women had their sleep interrupted for a series of nights. The result was an important reduction in the expenditure of body fat. (read more below)

And, as everything in our body is interconnected, I amend it with another study, this one from the University of Pittsburgh, about the gain of abdominal fat in menopause being associated with coronary heart disease. According to the work, published in the magazine “Menopause”, measuring waist circumference can be a good indicator to assess female cardiovascular risk. According to Samar El Khoudary, a professor in the institution’s epidemiology department, “more important than the amount of fat in a woman’s body is where she is located.”

Hundreds of women, with an average age of 51, underwent tests to measure visceral adipose tissue, that around the abdominal organs, and ultrasound of the carotid artery. The team established the following relationship: for every 20% increase in abdominal fat, there was a 2% thickening of the carotid walls, regardless of weight and body mass index. The team also found that the accumulation of abdominal fat accelerated in the two years before the last menstruation and continued to grow gradually after that. “Identifying those who are at increased risk is the first step in changing their diet and lifestyle,” said the professor.

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