Dietary and Lifestyle Changes to Ease Midlife Transition

Midlife is the period when most people face stressors in all facets of life, including career and financial challenges, a decline in physical abilities, and the realization of opportunities missed out. Some people may also see a shift or increase in responsibilities as they reach middle age, such as taking care of an aging parent, supporting critical life stages in children or accepting that the children are becoming more independent.

Women experience menopause, which comes with a variety of symptoms, such as hot flashes, changes in mood, and difficulty sleeping. All of these may contribute to an increase in overall stress. Midlife will likely bring changes to your body, sleep habits, and relationship with food. The menopausal transition is associated with increased visceral fat (Belly fat) that leads to metabolic disorders typical of menopause, including Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, and high blood levels of cholesterol.

Ovarian (Ovaries are the egg-producing organs in women) aging plays a role in body composition changes in midlife. Many studies have observed that lean body mass is lower in post-menopausal women than in pre-menopausal women. Thus, reduced metabolic rate (due to lower lean