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More fat is being stored than before, and so many women do both put on weight and change their shape. Fat is often redistributed and tends to increase around the waist, leading to the perception of weight gain, even if in some women the weight may not change much – ‘bums to tums’! There is no magic, easy answer! Weight loss requires a combination of changing eating patterns and increasing exercise. This is often a time for a ‘wake-up call’ when diet and lifestyle need to be reviewed. We talk more about this in Chapter 7.

N My mother had a hip fracture and was found to have osteoporosis. I am worried that the same will happen to me, especially when I become menopausal. What can I do? s most of our bone strength is genetically determined, your mother’s history can increase your risk of osteoporosis. Fractures of the wrist, spine and hip are commonly associated with osteoporosis, and nowadays there are some very effective treatments available for treating osteoporosis and reducing the risk of further fractures (see later section in this chapter).

What happens to my bones when I reach the menopause? he age of the menopause is crucial to the rate of bone loss. At the menopause, which is usually around the age of 51, the ovaries produce lower levels of the hormone oestrogen, which is known to protect the bones by maintaining bone density and reducing fracture risk. The decrease in hormone levels accelerates bone loss, with most women experiencing about 1% of bone loss per year, although in some women this may be greater. At the age of 50, it is estimated that one-third of a woman’s life will be spent without the boneprotective effects of oestrogen; therefore for younger menopausal T O S T E O P O R O S I S | 35 women (below age 45), this length of time will be longer and their risk of osteoporosis greater.

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