Study Finds Explanation for Postmenopausal Belly Fat

Visceral and Subcutaneous Belly Fat Credit: Randy Salas
Scientists have long known that lower estrogen levels after menopause can cause fat storage to shift from the hips and thighs to the abdomen. Now, a groundbreaking study, co-authored by the Mayo Clinic, has determined why: Proteins, revved up by the estrogen drop, cause fat cells to store more fat.  The study also revealed a double whammy: These cellular changes also slow down fat-burning by the body.

For another opinion on the results of the study, read Mayo Clinic Study on Low Estrogen and Weight Gain Unclear.

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