Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Can Menopause Cause Weight Loss?

By    |   Monday, 03 June 2013 09:37 AM

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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