Am I Destined To Gain Weight At Menopause?  Over the last eight months I’ve seen the scale slowly creep up.  I’m not surprised because I’ve hit menopause, and all the women in my family seem to gain about 60 pounds at this stage.  But I see so many thin older women that I’m not convinced this is how it has to be for me.  Is there anything I can do?

There certainly is!  Research has revealed that vitamin D can help menopausal and postmenopausal woman gain 30 percent less weight than their peers.  The nutrient stabilizes fluctuating blood sugar (a problem that occurs in 85 percent of women in perimenopause as insulin function naturally declines) to prevent overeating.  Sadly, as women age, their bodies can’t convert sunlight to vitamin D as efficiently, so it’s important to supplement with 1,000 IU daily.  One to try: Nature Made Vitamin D 1,000 IU (available  at drugstores).

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