Can Menopause Cause Weight Loss?

Monday, 03 Jun 2013 09:37 AM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: I am going through menopause and have been losing a lot of weight. I also have pains in my joints, feet, and legs that are worst when I get out of bed in the morning. Can menopause cause these problems?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
Menopause will not cause weight loss. Aching joints are not menopausal symptoms. You should see your doctor for an evaluation right away.
Weight loss with pain should prompt a complete checkup and lab work to be sure no autoimmune, malignancy, or infectious diseases are present.
Weight gain — not weight loss — is a more common complaint at menopause, though it is not caused by menopause itself.
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