Truth be told, very few women are aware of menopausal metabolic syndrome (MMS) or even the process their body undergoes during menopause. Menopause has gotten a pretty bad reputation with related hot flashes and mood swings. In order to deal accordingly with the actual physical process the body is undergoing, it is extremely important to separate all the facts from fiction to make the transition from one phase of a woman’s life to another much easier.
With all of the body’s independent systems integrated to function together in a uniform operation, when one change enters our bodies, such as menopause, it could affect many other systems directly and indirectly. We will focus on the correlation between menopause and the metabolic system and how one affects the other, causing menopausal metabolic adrenal fatigue syndrome.
The Metabolic System
The metabolic system includes life-sustaining chemical transformations within the cells of all living organisms. Their main purposes are:
- the conversion of food/fuel to energy for the operation of cellular the cellular process
- the conversion of food/fuel for the building blocks to proteins, lipids, some carbohydrates and nucleic acids
- the elimination of nitrogenous wastes.
All of these allow organisms to grow then reproduce, respond to their specific environments, and maintain their molecular structures. It is the sum of all chemical reactions that occur in the human body and all living things. Many think of it only in terms of digestion, however, with its involvement of transporting substances to and from various cells, its importance in the medical field is of complete importance. It has now been scientifically proven that menopause is a primary reason for metabolic dysfunction. Studies have shown that when women enter menopause, they have increased the risk for MMS, a subset of the large clinical condition known as metabolic syndrome, and only combined therapy of BHRTY and Metformin with nutrition therapy could reduce and prevent the risk.
Organs of the Metabolic System
The metabolic system is a series of smaller systems working together in a team formation. The system includes the pancreas, liver, thyroid and hypothalamus, a section of the brain that is responsible for the production of many of the essential hormones and the chemical substances that help control different cells and organs in the body. Just to put the importance of this system into perspective, the hormones secreted from the hypothalamus alone control physiologic functions such as temperature regulation, thirst, hunger, sleep, mood, sex drive, and the release of other hormones within the body.
Although small in size, this section of the brain also houses the pituitary gland, as well as other glands in the body, and is involved in many necessary processes such as behavioral, autonomic, and endocrine functions such as metabolism, growth, and development. All these systems combined play very specific roles, such as digesting food, turning that food into energy, and then processing the energy. If treated well, they will perform the jobs they were created for at optimal levels.
The thyroid controls how the energy of the body is used. If this system is not functioning properly, it is most likely a result of genetic predisposition. However, there are conditions such as Hashimoto’s and Grave’s disease that affect the thyroid; all lead to the body’s inability to metabolize efficiently. For example, if one suffers from a disorder known as hypothyroidism, they do not metabolize fat very easily. On the opposite side of the spectrum is hyperthyroidism, which leads to an overactive metabolism and could prevent a person from gaining weight.
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