Womens Health

Solution to Menopausal Weight Gain: Eat like You're Diabetic?

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Thicker waist? Just doing a bit less? Trying the turkey and chicken instead of burgers and steaks? As your waist to hip ratio rises and you just can't stand that muffin top look, some French Canadians have come up with a solution. Subtle impairment to the metabolism seems to be to blame.

In a report in Menopause in the winter of 2010, Dr. Andre Lemay and co-workers discovered that abdominal fat that menopausal women report also is related to increased triglycerides and decreased high density lipoprotein cholesterol. Even fasting insulin levels were noted to be elevated in this group of women. In essence, these women became pre-diabetics. And before any of the formal definitions of diabetes were met, almost a 5th of these women were found to have insulin resistance.

Fasting insulin is an quick and accurate way to measure insulin resistance, and can be used to have a positive intervention on your diet. It may mean taking diabetes medication and eating a fairly strict diabetic diet, but if the biologic basis is right, then this is a solution that has evaded patients and doctors for decades!

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