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Study links perimenopause to accelerated fat mass gains, lean mass losses

Source: University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences


A new study confirms what women approaching menopause have long suspected: menopause does make fat go up.



  • The study finds that women undergoing perimenopause lost lean body mass and more than doubled their fat mass.

  • The research demonstrates that body mass index (BMI) is a very important clinical tool for predicting health events, such as getting diabetes or having cardiovascular disease, but is a less useful gauge of cardio-metabolic risk in older women.

  • The menopause transition, also known as perimenopause, is the time in a woman's life when hormonal changes lead to irregular menstruation, hot flashes and other symptoms leading up to menopause, when menstruation stops altogether.

The researchers found that women undergoing peri-menopause lost lean body mass and more than doubled their fat mass.
  • The women's lean and fat mass remained stable after the transition to menopause. The researchers also noted ethnic/racial differences in the impact of menopause on body composition.

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