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The Middle-Aged Spread: How to Combat Weight Gain of Menopause and Andropause

I hear from a lot of folks I felt good until…


What exactly is “The Change”?

Women look forward to it.

Men don’t realize it’s coming.

Let me say this most women look forward to ending the monthly cycles, the mood swings, the cravings, the puffiness and the surprise of their monthly cycle. Seriously, how can we go for decades and know that it’s coming every month and yet be caught by surprise when it arrives?!

Yet, for many women this happens month after month. Don’t get me wrong as women, we’re not looking forward to night sweats, hot flashes, insomnia, the soft budgie belly or the weak and potentially brittle bones we’ll develop after menopause.

So, we gladly jump out of the frying pan and into the fire. Goodbye feminine hygiene products, hello sleep aids!

Guys, maybe you never had to sit down to an uncomfortable talk with the gym teacher or your dad-if you did sorry about that. As young ladies we were ushered into the auditorium for an assembly- we should have known something was up-being herded in to watch a kotex video. If I had known, I would have put up more of a fight! What a waste of good assembly time.

When I got home from school that day my mom asked how was school-when I told her they made all the girls go to the auditorium for an assembly-she actually turned off the vacuum to listen!

Now those memories are fading fast in my memory rear view mirror. But I have to say has anything changed in the last fifty years?

Women are still going through hot flashes, night sweats and insomnia.

Guys, you’ve still got the budgie belly, thinning hair and muscle loss.

Again, I ask, has nothing changed in fifty years?

OK, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I don’t know, maybe your doctors don’t want you to know this, maybe they don’t know this but…

You have what’s called hormones. Yes, hormones. It’s not a dirty word although you might have thought it was.

We’ve had them for a long time. We expected them to be there. To protect us from wrinkles and old age. But they are fading and fading fast.

Why do I feel like we’re getting herded into the auditorium again with no new information on the horizon?

Because we are!

When was the last time your doctor talked to you about your hormones? And I’m not talking your thyroid.

We don’t have to accept the middle-aged spread and the miserable delights that await us. It’s time to fight back.

Guess what…You have hormones!

As you wait around for medical advice your hair is falling out, you can’t sleep, you’re sweating through the sheets and these are the golden years?

Here’s the scoop.

Hormones are anti-aging, protective and add the joys of intimacy.

If you’d like to keep your hair, have a good night’s sleep and enjoy a healthy sex life, keep your hormones!

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