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Should menopausal women limit the amount of sugar in their diet?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

Everyone and their grandmother whether pre-, peri-, post-, or male should limit the amount of refined sugars in their diet. It is one of the five food felons after all. That being said, menopause is a time when the risk for heart disease, obesity, and diabetes increases. So many lifestyle factors can trip you up including the amount and quality of sugary carbohydrates you eat, especially ones that are high on the glycemic index (GI) since they put your blood sugar on a rollercoaster ride, which is never a good thing. So if menopause is the inspiration you need to cut this food felon out of your diet, your friends’ diets, and your family’s diet, great! Bottom line, no simple sugars, refined sugars, and non-100% whole grains.

Everyone should monitor daily sugar consumption. Women in menopause need to be especially careful to eat healthy to control weight and health risks. Sugar can work against weight loss and nutritional health because added or refined sugar calories are considered "empty," or nutritionally weak.

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