Diet & Lifestyle2023-06-07T12:53:39+00:00

Diet & Lifestyle

Diet and lifestyle advice is the cornerstone of medicine. So simple, yet so effective when it comes to disease prevention. And we know that prevention is better than cure. A person’s risk profile for future disease can be completely transformed by addressing lifestyle factors such as weight loss, nutrition and exercise.


Exercise reduces risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer; it is good for our bones, reduces stress and improves mental wellbeing.


Eating a healthy balanced diet has far reaching and long lasting benefits for one’s health and good nutrition should be seen as part of personal care.


Alcohol increases the risk of many types of cancer (including breast cancer), can worsen menopausal symptoms, disturb sleep and increases the risk of osteoporosis


Like alcohol, smoking increase the risk if many cancers, cardiovascular disease, blood clots and increases the risk of osteoporosis.


How we help

At Chelvey Menopause we can offer lifestyle advice and consultation where we can support you to make changes towards healthier living that will benefit you for years to come. Whether its help with weight loss and diet, exercise advice, sleep or to explore psychosexual problems, one of our clinicians will be able to help you. We use CBT and life coaching techniques to help you to explore why these changes have been difficult to make or maintain in the past, and to help come up with achievable goals for the future. In addition we can offer a general health screening blood tests.

Weight management

Having a higher than normal BMI can increase many health risks including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and cancer. It seems like a cruel twist of fate that around the menopause- a time where the risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke increase just because of hormones- that weight control becomes much harder as well! Unfortunately weight gain is one of the major health concerns of perimenopausal and menopausal women.

Will HRT make me gain weight?2022-11-16T20:52:25+00:00

It is a common concern of women that HRT will make them gain weight but there is no evidence that HRT leads to weight gain. In fact HRT can have a positive impact on weight and metabolism. A small number of women will experience fluid retention which may be seen as weight gain but this often settles within 4-6 weeks.

Is it that simple?2022-11-16T20:52:34+00:00

No its not. Adding to our more sluggish metabolism in midlife is the fact that around the menopause women become less sensitive to the energy storage hormone (insulin).  This changes the way we handle glucose in the body and causes more energy to be stored as fat. This fat is mostly stored around the middle (hence the term ‘middle aged spread’) which unfortunately is the type of weight gain that is most associated with developing high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease.

Fat around the middle also contributes to insulin resistance and insulin resistance itself can make it more difficult to lose weight so you can see how a vicious cycle may ensue.

HRT can partly help to reverse this process and there are changes that can be made to diet that can help to improve our metabolic profile and increase overall metabolism.

Why do women gain weight around the menopause?2022-11-16T20:51:59+00:00

Basal metabolic weight decreases as we get older- so every calorie we eat will be a little bit harder to burn off. Unfortunately this means that unless we eat less or move more we are likely to gain weight at this time.


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