May 2nd, 2013

Mayo Clinic study finds explanation for postmenopausal belly fat

By Logan Lafferty

Scientists have long known that lower estrogen levels after menopause can cause fat storage to shift from the hips and thighs to the abdomen. Now, a groundbreaking study, co-authored by the Mayo Clinic, has determined why: Proteins, revved up by the estrogen drop, cause fat cells to store more fat…Even though the research doesn’t provide weight-loss solutions, it may bring a sense of relief to millions of middle-aged women who have been fighting an often losing battle against the dreaded “post-meno belly.” “It doesn’t mean you’re absolutely doomed,” said Dr. Michael Jensen, an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic and one of the study’s authors, “but it does mean it’s going to be harder, probably” to lose weight.

 

Star Tribune by Allie Shah

Tags: Dr. Michael Jensen, estrogen, fat storage, low estrogen levels, menopause, Research, Star Tribune, Weight, Women's Health

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