It premenstrual syndrome, is a risk factor in obesity?

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PMS is a situation that occurs monthly in women of childbearing age. Very often it relates to increased appetite for sweet foods and changes in eating behavior. But how true is it? Is it really a risk factor in obesity? In this article you will find the answers.

Premenstrual syndrome, also known as SPM, is characterized by the appearance of physical, psychological and behavioral disorders related to food. These alterations are repeated every month in the late luteal phase of the menstrual cycle.

These changes were studied and has been shown to increase consumption of foods rich in carbohydrates and other disorders related to reduced performance, irritability, fatigue, depression, among others.

This research wants to confirm whether or not altering eating behavior may be related closely to weight gain. While the causes have not been clarified, it is assumed that foods rich in carbohydrates increase serotonin levels, which may reduce premenstrual symptoms.

Premenstrual symptoms are bloating, depression, heart palpitations, insomnia, headaches and breast tenderness or breast pain, among others. They occur between 7-10 days before menstruation begins.

According to what was observed in this study, two results were obtained.

Increased consumption of carbohydrate-rich foods or sweet foods. It is confirmed that psychosomatic disturbances improve after consumption of sweet foods and carbohydrates accelerate the synthesis of serotonin.
It is not a risk factor for obesity. While there is an increase in consumption of sweet foods in the premenstrual phase, this is not a risk factor for obesity, since it was observed that there is no difference between eating behavior of women who are overweight, obese or normal-weight women.

In conclusion, we can say that during the premenstrual syndrome if there is a greater appetite for foods high in carbohydrates, which does not translate into a risk factor for obesity, and that this alteration occurs in both women with a normal BMI as with those having a high BMI body.

Keep in mind that some natural remedies may help counteract cravings for sweets and reduce the symptoms of PMS.

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