While the problems associated with menopause are well documented, researchers at Ohio State University believe that it could also be indirectly affecting your ability to stay slim after they found that a fat enzyme increased its activity following the onset of menopause.
The researchers revealed that the female hormone, estrogen, suppressed the enzyme, known as aldh1a1, but the onset of menopause led to the drop in estrogen levels, leading to increased activity of the fat enzyme which is responsible for producing fat around vital organs.
This kind of fat, also known as visceral fat, has been linked with heart disease and type II diabetes.
"If you asked most people what they believe causes obesity, they would probably say high food consumption and a sedentary lifestyle. But we see genetic factors telling the body what to do with fat. A high-fat diet acts on our genetics to make us more fat or less fat. The diet is not powerful enough to do this on its own", lead researcher Ouliana Ziouzenkova said.