In the News: Losing Weight after Menopause

Ilene Raymond Rush of the Philadelphia Inquirer recently reported on a common postmenopausal challenge – losing weight.  She spoke with Mary van den Berg-Wolf, MD, Jefferson Internist, and Janine Kyrillos, MD, director of the Jefferson Comprehensive Weight Management Program at Bala.

Dr. van den Berg-Wolf, 63, struggled to lose about 20 pounds that she’d gained by age 50. She tried high-carb, low-fat diets but found herself binging on low-fat snacks and not shedding any weight. With the help of Dr. Kyrillos, van den Berg-Wolf altered her diet by eating foods higher in fat and lower in sugar. She ultimately lost 12 of the 20 pounds she set out to lose.

While Dr. Kyrillos admitted, “During menopause, you become more sensitive to carbs, so you become more insulin resistant. Paying attention to the quality of food is important – so you should try to stay away from carbs, processed foods, and sugars after menopause,”

Dr. Kyrillos offered encouragement to readers, “There are lots of subtle things happening, including lack of sleep and increased stressed levels…If people pay more attention to what’s going on in their lives, it doesn’t have to be a fait accompli that they’re going to gain weight.”

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