Menopause brings a change in body fat distribution. Fat is lost from hips and thighs, and becomes stored mainly in the abdomen.
Unfortunately this abdominal fat carries a much higher risk for heart disease compared to the same amount of fat stored elsewhere on the body.
Maintaining a normal body weight thus becomes more important than ever at the menopause, to avoid excess fat being stored in the abdomen and not on the hips as before.
Other physical changes which occur at the menopause do not increase the risk for CVD as much as does this one.