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ROBR21 posted:
Im looking for the best natural supplement for menopause weight gain(low estrogen,) I tried Amberen for almost two months and helped with hot flashes but not weight gain. Any suggestions? I really dont want to use any animal derived HRT (horse or pig parts) so im avoiding Premarin, I would prefer natural, my doctor doesnt want to put me on HRT because of all the side effects, she basically wanted me to see a nutritionist, but can they help with hormone levels(diet)? Ok any advice appreciated, thanks,
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Robyn
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Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
Dear Robyn,
Unfortunately, the perimenopause transition seems to be associated with a weight gain that averages 5-8 pounds (not a year, but throughout the whole transition.) women who take HRT tend to gain 4-7 pounds (so I wouldn't push you to take HRT for weight control of one pound less)-and by the way Amberen does nothing. The best remedy for the weight issues are the same as for everything else: lots of exercise, including strength training for building good muscle mass, and aerobics; and caloric intake control.
If you want to take HT for symptom relief, there are many bioidentical products available from reliable pharmaceutical companies, derived from soy and yams. There are bioidentical estrogen patches and gels, and bioidentical progesterone tablets and vaginal gels available. If you need the name of a good local HT practitioner, go to the website of the North American Menopause Society, menopause.org, for the listings of certified menopause practitioners near you, who will be able to help.
Good luck,
Mary Jane


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