Menopause Weight Kept Down With Diet, Exercise
women can avoid the weight gain that often accompanies menopause through
increased physical activity and a low-fat, reduced-calorie diet, according
to a University of Pittsburgh study.
Researchers say this is the first study to demonstrate prevention of
weight gain in healthy, but at-risk, women. Researchers from the
university's Graduate School of Public Health presented the results at the
72nd Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association in Atlanta.
These findings are from the Women's Healthy Lifestyle Project, a
five-year, randomized clinical trial testing the efficacy of a behavioral
lifestyle intervention program in preventing increases in low-density
lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the so-called "bad" cholesterol) and weight
gain during the peri- to post- menopausal period.
"We know that adults tend to gain an average of a pound a year, most
likely due to the effects of aging and decreased physical activity," said
Laurey Simkin-Silverman, assistant professor of epidemiology and
co-investigator of the study.
"This weight gain, particularly with increases in waist circumference,
has major implications for cardiovascular health. But through increased
leisure- time, physical activity and a low-fat, reduced-calorie dietary
pattern, women in this study had dramatic success in avoiding this
middle-age weight gain."