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Why does weight gain during menopause tend to accumulate around the mid-section?

The reason menopausal women tend to accumulate new weight around the abdomen is because their androgen hormonal levels begin to rise with the onset of menopause. These male hormones direct excess weight to the mid-section as opposed to the hips, where many women are accustomed to gaining weight. Some women even have a nickname for the menopause years based on the mid-section weight gain: “the middle-age spread.

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