Menopausal fatigue is characterized by general pain in the muscles that is often accompanied by a persistent feeling of tiredness, low stamina, anxiety and poor energy levels. According to a new study reported in the peer reviewed journal Menopause (1), investigators suggested that 60% of women experience fatigue and low stamina after achieving menopause.
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Human metabolism is complex and involves optimal balance of several endocrine hormones. Put simply, abnormal changes in your hormones can greatly affect energy consumption, metabolism and energy expenditure, leading to weight gain or obesity.
Women start menopause at approximately 51 years old when the ovaries stop producing progesterone and estrogen. There are other factors that can induce menopause and some women can start earlier. However, regardless of the cause or timing, the same symptoms can occur. The symptoms can be very uncomfortable and negatively impact a woman's quality of life. Once the symptoms start, women can use hormone replacement therapy to balance their hormones and alleviate the symptoms.
Menopause is diagnosed after a woman does not have her menstrual period for 12 consecutive months. This natural biological process is marked by lower amounts of progesterone and estrogen being produced by the ovaries. There are also other reasons a woman may enter this phase that are not a part of the aging process, including removal of the ovaries, primary ovarian insufficiency, radiation and chemotherapy. While menopause is a normal part of life, it can cause a number of uncomfortable symptoms, but women can seek treatment to alleviate them.
Testosterone is a vital androgen (male) hormone that is responsible for several crucial functions.
What are the possible physical and psychological implications of experiencing reduced testosterone levels?
The production of testosterone increases during puberty and tends to decline during the mid-thirties. After the age of thirty, testosterone levels begin to decrease at roughly 1% every year. According to a study conducted by the ADA (American Diabetes Association), approximately 13 million American males have reduced testosterone levels.
How Do Hormones Affect Weight Gain?
If you have been experiencing weight gain, the cause could be attributed to hormonal imbalances in the body. Hormonal imbalances lead to increased risk of weight gain and reduced rate of healthy weight loss. On the other hand, when our hormone levels are balanced, the body tends to be in a balanced state of what is called ‘homeostasis’ (equilibrium).
Topics: Hormone Imbalance