Menopause and Exercise Intolerance


      Central adiposity and weight gain are common among postmenopausal women. Because of the metabolic changes that many postmenopausal women experience, there can be a decrease in exercise tolerance related to the loss of potent estrogens. This can lead to the development of insulin resistance and endothelial dysfunction. Despite the challenges that exercise intolerance may pose for some postmenopausal women, evidence suggests that regular exercise and caloric restriction are crucial for weight management after menopause.


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      Ann R. Lurati, DNP, MPH, ACNP-BC, GNP-BC, is a nursing lecturer at California State University Monterey Bay in Seaside, CA.