MenopauseCausesBellyFatImageBelly fat is a growing epidemic with women, especially aging women. Menopause Awareness Day is today and Ageology’s 22 Chicago-based physicians share a recent report about the facts regarding menopause, weight gain and belly fat. Menopause is the point at which a woman stops menstruating and usually comes with symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, abnormal vaginal bleeding, vaginal itching, dryness, and pain, urinary symptoms and weight gain.

But a new study shows women can’t blame weight gain on menopause, but they may be able to point the finger of blame at any additional belly fat that’s circling your mid-section after the change of life. Those who store fat in their bellies are at higher risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and certain cancers.

“What women don’t realize about menopause symptoms is that just because they are suffering from menopausal symptoms, doesn’t necessary mean they have to live with it,” said Dr. Paul Savage, Ageology CEO and bioidentical hormone therapy expert who specializes in treating women with menopause.

Ageology and The International Menopause Society are making women aware menopause symptoms during a major campaign called World Menopause Awareness Day on Oct. 18. As its name suggests, the campaign aims to create awareness of menopause weight gain and the implications it can have on women’s post-menopausal health.

“As a result of the review of the evidence, the International Menopause Society concludes that the hormonal changes that occur as women go through menopause substantially contribute to increased central abdominal obesity which leads to increased physical and psychological ill health,” says Tobie de Villiers, president of the International Menopause Society.

This is an important report, given that weight gain is among the major concerns women aged 55 to 65 years old face. The International Menopause Society is concerned that women may not be aware of the implications of weight gain, especially around the abdomen.

Weight gain around the abdomen is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular and metabolic disease. Abdominal weight gain also has negative impacts on quality of life and sexual function. The International Menopause Society has created an educational toolkit of materials to help raise awareness.

As the world’s population ages, the International Menopause Society reports there will be increasing numbers of women entering menopause and living beyond post menopause—and the potential symptoms of menopause may have a negative impact on the quality of daily life. Moreover, the group reports the consequences of menopause can lead to a host of age-related diseases including heart disease and osteoporosis.

Ageology physicians are highly trained in bioidentical hormone therapy to safely and effectively treat menopause and the associated conditions of obesity, heart disease and loss of sex drive, said Dr. Savage.