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Is Menopause Making You Fat?

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In this video, Dr. Berg talks about the mechanism of why menopause makes you fat. The ovaries make several hormones called estrogen and progesterone. An average women releases 400 eggs and when going through menopause, the ovaries basically stop producing eggs. Both hormones decrease but the ratio of estrogen is still much higher than progesterone leaving someone in the state of estrogen dominance. The estrogen dominance will trigger another hormone, Corticotrophin Releasing Hormone (CRH) which basically a hormone that communicates to the pituitary. Cortisol is the main hormone that creates the problem. He also talks about the excess cortisol being very catabolic.

I want to create this video on the mechanism on why menopause can make someone fat. So let’s start with the ovaries, the ovaries makes several hormones two being estrogen and progesterone. Now when you go through menopause at age 52, sometimes its earlier, sometimes it’s later you basically stop releasing eggs. An average women releases 400 eggs and after that last one, it’s done so we go through this menopause and they are going through retirement. Even though both of these hormones decrease the ratio of estrogen is still much higher than progesterone leaving someone in the state of estrogen dominance. The estrogen dominance will trigger another hormone, up in the brain hypothalamus, Corticotrophin Releasing Hormone (CRH) which basically a hormone that communicates to the pituitary another hormone called ACTH which then talks to the adrenals. You think about it like this, you have the owner of the football team, that’s the hypothalamus, and you have the coach which is the pituitary then you have the quarter back which is the adrenals. So basically you just have the three levels of communication. You don’t really need to know that, all you need to know is that when you have higher amounts of estrogen and even when you take birth control pills or are doing hormone replacement therapy, or exposed to too much estrogen in the environment, you are gonna trigger more cortisol and cortisol is the main hormone that creates the problem. And by the way, your own fat if you have too much of it can also make cortisol. Excess cortisol is very catabolic which means it breaks down muscle tissue, it is very destructive to your muscles. It is gonna break down the muscle tissue and gonna turn that into glucose or sugar which then converted through insulin to fat. This is why women that goes through menopause ends up with a lot of atrophy (loss of muscle and fat) and in their mind they think that these are all just excess fat when in fact it is a combination of loss of muscle and fat. So when they do a program a lot of times they get so frustrated when they stop losing weight that’s because what looks like fat is really atrophy.

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Dr. Berg, 52 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of The New Body Type Guide and other books published by KB Publishing. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University.

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The Health & Wellness, Dr. Berg Nutritionals and Dr. Eric Berg, D.C. are not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or product you obtain through this video or site.

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