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Women have a tendency to put on a significant amount of weight during and immediately after menopause. This weight gain is not only disheartening for many women, it is also dangerous. Numerous studies link menopausal weight gain to both an increased risk of diabetes and increased incidence of breast cancer. Maintaining physical activity and watching your diet will not only help combat menopausal weight gain and the health problems associated with it, but may also help you cope physically and emotionally with your changing body chemistry.