Yesterday, rumors spread like wildfire on social media that R&B/Soul icon Diana Ross was pregnant at age 71. The source of the absurd rumors were photos that surfaced on social media showing Miss Ross with abdominal distention.

No, Miss Ross is not pregnant. One reason for her excess belly fat may be post-menopausal hormone levels.

As women age, our Estrogen levels decrease. Decreasing Estrogen levels causes metabolism to slow down and redistribute fat from the thighs and hips to the belly. Increased belly fat can lead to serious medical conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, heart disease, colon cancer, cirrhosis of the liver (caused by alcoholism) and death.

There are other medical reasons for abdominal swelling, such as kidney failure, ovarian or uterine cancers, ascites, and gastrointestinal disorders. But for the purpose of this post, we'll focus on post-menopausal belly fat.

Fighting the battle of the belly bulge after age 40 can be a frustrating battle. Belly fat tends to resist our best efforts to get rid of it. Some women spend thousands of dollars on liposuction and other fat reduction surgeries. While other women, like Miss Ross, simply allow nature to take its course.

If you can't afford expensive surgeries, there are other ways you can reduce belly fat without breaking the bank.

EXERCISE

Consult with your doctor before beginning any exercise routine.

Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, author of Body for Life for Women, suggests an exercise regimen that includes aerobic activities which improves your cardiovascular efficiency and pumps more oxygenated blood to your muscles.

Loss of muscle mass after age 40 decreases the way our bodies burn calories for energy. So increasing your muscle mass through exercise is beneficial. Muscle burns more calories than fat.

Mix up your exercise routine. Don't let your body get too accustomed to one particular exercise routine. In other words, get out of the gym and ride a bike, swim, hike, dance, or take a walk in the park with friends. You need to burn at least 400 to 500 calories from aerobic exercise.

STAY VERTICAL

Staying upright helps reduce belly fat and burn more calories. In other words, get off the couch and walk. “Stay as vertical as possible throughout the day,” Peeke says. “As soon as you sit down, you turn off your fat-release enzymes.”

CHANGE YOUR DIET

Dr. Peeke suggests watching your food portions and including more protein, fiber, fruits and vegetables in your diet. A slower metabolism means food you eat will take longer to convert into energy. “When you combine protein and fiber, it’s very satisfying, so you’re more inclined to eat less,” Peeke says.

Here is an example of a menopause diet.

EAT HEALTHY FATS

Choose your fats wisely. Healthy fats comes from vegetable sources such as olive oils and nuts. The key is to eat more healthy fats and less bad fats. Foods high in healthy fats include fish like salmon, mackerel, herring, lake trout, sardines, and albacore tuna. Fish are also good sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Foods high in bad fats (saturated or trans fats) include red meat, butter, cheese, and ice cream. Avoid eating other unhealthy fats such as hydrogenated oils, palm oil, and anything that contains saturated or trans fats.

DRINK PLENTY OF WATER

Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. A glass is 8 ounces (or 240cc). You should drink at least half an ounce of water for every pound you weigh. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink at least 75 ounces of water a day. This formula is not etched in stone.

WATCH THE CLOCK

The time that you eat is just as important as what you eat. Dr. Peeke suggests watching what you eat in the evening. “What a menopausal woman does from 3 p.m. on every day will determine how big her belly is. That’s when most women tend to overeat and oversnack, and that’s when they get themselves into all kinds of trouble.”

GET A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP

Sleep is very beneficial to losing excess belly fat. Try to get to bed by 9 p.m. every night, and avoid watching TV or browsing the Internet on your laptop computer in bed. When you don't get enough sleep, your body is more likely to be too tired to exercise. "Your hunger and appetite hormones become discombobulated,” Peeke says. “So you keep eating and eating — and it turns to belly fat.” Dr. Peeke suggests getting 7-8 hours of sleep a day.

CONTROL YOUR STRESS LEVEL

If something in your life is causing you stress, eliminate it. “There is a stress-fat connection,” Dr. Peeke says. “If you walk around completely stressed all the time, your cortisol levels will increase, and that will make it easy for you to deposit fat deep inside the belly.”

HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY

Consult with your doctor to see if you are a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Low Estrogen can cause hot flashes, mood swings, hair loss, night sweats, and other bothersome symptoms. It is important to understand that Estrogen replacement alone will not help you lose weight. In fact, Estrogen replacement alone may cause increased overall body fat. Estrogen should be balanced with Progesterone and Testosterone replacements for best effect. But getting HRT can be tricky because many doctors shy away from hormone replacement due to the cancer link. Studies have shown an increased risk of breast cancer caused by hormone replacement. Before starting HRT your doctor will ask you if you have a family history of cancer. If you do, HRT may not be an option for you.

This has been your Medical Minute.

More Info On the Web

Menopause - WebMD

Less Sleep May Mean Less Sex After Menopause - WebMD

Estrogen Belly Fat - WebMD

10 Ways to Beat Menopausal Belly Fat - Everydahealth.com

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  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Miss Ross minds her own business and she was the target of this stupid rumor? And they tried to ridicule her?? Folks really don't have anything else better to do or have too much time on their hands. Internet bullies, smdh..

  • SummerBaby

    I told y'all she had a post menopausal belly. (In my Boosie doorter voice)

  • Milani

    Thanks for posting this Auntie. I know I'm approaching 40 and could use this info.

  • zeta4life

    I hope my MIL don't see this....amd instead of blaming it on chitterlings...hamhocks...and every parts of the pig....watch her azz say some chit like....I got the "Diana Ross Disease"....round the stomach
    #BREASTCANCERAWARENESS....

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    "Is u stupid?" That's what I wanna asked foxy up top. Leave ppl the hell alone.

    Gm

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Gm morning love *smooches*

  • SummerBaby

    This is a great & very informative post especially for us elders so we can avoid this as we age.

  • zeta4life

    girl...u ain't got nothing...and approaching no 40... *heifer probably ain't got no stomach...OH...how is "Lil Mally"....LMAO

  • http://www.dandycubs.com Dandy Cubs Children’s Boutique

    I guess Id better get a head start at my belly fat now. ?

  • zeta4life

    HEY BOO BOO KITTY!!!! minus the bad "twerk"....how r u???

  • Milani

    Hey Zeta. I'll be 37 tomorrah. My stomach looks like Ms. Ross's up top thanks to little Mally, LOL.

  • zeta4life

    SUMMMMER!!!!!! hey lade!!!

  • SummerBaby

    Hey lady! How you been?

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Lol i'm good sipping my coffee right now

  • zeta4life

    U JEST HAD THAT DERE BABY!!!! sitcho azz down somewhere...*rubbing my flat abs on u*....lol

  • zeta4life

    TIRED BUT GOODT!!!! what these ladies...start saying they got "DRD"--Diana Ross Disease....like Tamar with that she had the "da vert-li-go"

  • scentsychick30

    ?don't come for Ms.Ross unless she sends for you,folks are harsh.glad to see she isn't all knifed up like most trying to hold on to youth.

  • Chellie141508

    Hey sweetie how are you..how was your birthday shindig?

  • scentsychick30

    On a side note my mom called it a beer gut lol,I died and told her skinny old ladies are evil?

  • zeta4life

    u know we can't just age....because they always looking at how "she use to look*...I exercise and take care of myself...but not to look like I did over 20yrs ago....that's they great thing about aging is "AGING"... OH!!! GM' ...btw do u sell those "scentsy products"

  • Milani

    *pokes your flat abs*

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Yeah at 44 I sympathize with her. Flashes will make you want to strip right where you're at and your body goes through many changes. Bless us all....but I want the men to all pause just stawp period. Thanks for the tips Auntie.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    First thing I thought when I saw the picture of The Boss yesterday: ascities. I have 2 ladies and 1 gent who look exactly like this and loves the sauce.

  • zeta4life

    HEY DARLING....IT WAS GREAT....and after that my azz been pulling 10-12hrs in this bish....got a speaking engagement (1 of 4) TODAY!!! in another 30 mins....I pray all is well with u... *hug*

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Somebody slap me...

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Lol

  • zeta4life

    *take your handz...and let u rub them... LOL

  • ShelbyMoore

    I thought she was just trying to help Tracy Ellis Ross out and have a baby for her.

  • Chellie141508

    I'm great starting chemo Mon..God is good

  • L.T.L. Since 2007

    Although I know Diana at 71 ain't pregnant, had I seen her, it definitely would have made me take a second look. Shyt.... stranger things have happened. *shrug*
    And I'll keep all jokes about the Supreme Professor of Proper Puzzy Management to myself. You know, outta respect and shyt.
    Good morning yall!

  • zeta4life

    LURK!!!!!! I missed u....how r u???

  • zeta4life

    GO SAT DOWN!!!! ROFL!!!!!

  • Chellie141508

    I love that The Supreme Professor of PPM...go head nah...

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    BOL.

    Hey Scentsy. I'm gonna agree with Momma Scentsy.

    Folks done forgot about Ross and Arizona. Then, BET had their awards show and the joke was about Diane and her vid. Camera pans to Tracey and she was not amused. After break, the joke teller apologized.

    Tracey laughed at the prior jokes about others. We pick and choose I guess.

  • zeta4life

    *gives u A BIG OLE HUG!!!! GOD GOT THIS!!!!
    *WE SERVE A MASTER PHYSICIAN*

  • L.T.L. Since 2007

    All is well. How are you this morning?

  • SummerBaby

    I do believe it may also be a factor

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    That was my song. That one and Meeting in the Ladies Room.

    And what the heck does a hot flash feel like?

  • Jusstlookn2

    It ain't 9am.

    Who dat in the bed?

  • Sexy CJ

    Very Informative &................

  • zeta4life

    doing quite well....getting ready to go before these ladies and talk with them about they "breastsis" How is the fam..and how is the college Lurks doing

  • zeta4life

    JL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *jumps on you* Hey mami'

  • Auditor

    Great post!

  • Hair Lova ???

    Good morning Buds and thorns.
    It's amazing. Remember there was a time when Mrs Ross was thin as a rail? I knew she wasn't with child, look how Whitney looked. I had no idea she was 71 either tho. I bet the boss eats GOODT!

  • zeta4life

    *cues*
    I GOTTA MEETING IN THE LADIES ROOM
    I'LL BE BACK REAL SOON....did this in a talent show in the 10th grade....
    DON'T SLAP ME!!!
    CUZ I'M NOT IN DA MOOD!!!!
    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Like somebody set your whole entire insides on fire. You're just hot for no reason out of nowhere. I was walking my grandson to school when it hit I'm telling you I wanted to remove some clothes lol.

  • L.T.L. Since 2007

    College Lurks are doing well. I'm thinking about filing assault charges on both of them though, because they keep right on raping my pockets.
    BTW......If you need help demonstrating on how to examine them breastsis, hit your boy up. I'll be more than happy to lend a hand.

  • zeta4life

    AND NONE OF THAT MESS IN THE STORES WORK...ALL THEM COOLING PADS...FOH!!!!
    *MR woke up one morning and I was standing with the "fridge-a-dare" WIDE open at 3 in the A M HR...

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    I just remember that free concert and she's standing there in the rain as slim as she wanna be in the white sequined catsuit (lawd I done showed my age talking about a catsuit), pushing her hair blowing in the wind back at the sides, urging the crowd to go home due to the rain. She said she was going to stay until they left. That was so cool.

  • Sexy CJ

    Ms. Ross............

  • zeta4life

    *too early Lurk....MR Z been gone for almost 2 weeks nah... and I mught just need a hand...well in my case now...or 2.... lmao

  • Jusstlookn2

    Good Morning Roses, Thrones, crabgrass and all.

    Leave Ms. BOSS ROSS alone., At 71 she good.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Yaaaaas Zeta! Yaaaaas!

  • zeta4life

    HAVE A GREAT DAY ROSAYS!!!!! *runs out real quick....forgot abt 8am meeting...lol

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    I did the Glamorous Life By Sheila E. and I Can't Wait by Nu Shuz. Hell, I did them all.

  • MissyJ

    She can't have a beer gut in peace?.... dayum Gina

  • Jusstlookn2

    Hey ZYP EIDM Team to the shut your mouth A.

    I missed ya

    I lite a white candle until your return. Mauh hugs. Side hunch

    Also I been checking out the VA. The better call me.

  • Buttercup

    That's the most interesting post-menopausal body I've ever seen.

  • WHITTYwithWORDS

    First its fvking rude...mind your business....FoxyBrwnSugah_ is lucky that wasn't my mother bc I wouldve cursed her out...she's 71 and a legend....

  • L.T.L. Since 2007

    I don't who the hell that is. But he is displaying the exact opposite of how I'm feeling this morning.
    I'M DRAGGING.
    Like a single mama of 6 kids.....I'm muhhfukking tied.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Ion care about her belly. I THINK THIS SHOWS THE IGNORANCE OF BROWNSUGAR

    And yeen no Foxy Brown :rules: FOH DUMBHO

  • 100milesperhour

    Ahh, the good ole days back when Kim was gawjus.

  • EasyBreezy

    Thorough, well-written MM post, Auntie. Thanks-much!

  • scentsychick30

    Good morning unita,you right I lol at kris Jenner jokes but was not amused by the Ms.Ross shade??

  • SameoleJ

    I knew a women who's belly started looking like this, she thought she was pregnant, although her tubes were tied. We suggested she go straight to her OB/GYN....thankfully she listened, as it was a massive cyst. I think she said it wound up weighing 5lbs.

  • Ariel

    I knew she wasn't pregnant. I just figured she has been enjoying her life and eating well.

  • 1/8

    I knew a woman in her late sixties whose belly looked like Diana's. She was eventually diagnosed with colon cancer.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    You're right that's why I'm hesitant to take out my air lol.

  • scentsychick30

    Good morning,no I'm just a addict lol????I'm a buyer

  • PettyEyezPrime

    ? Have a great day

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    You know what? I didn't even see the twit post from Foxy. I had already seen The Boss's picture yesterday. Now if it was one of Diane's peers like Areffa or Patty that's one thing. Old folks can talk about old folks. That's the funniest thing I have ever seen. But, kids talking about the elders...? Nope. You know your momma could talk about Miss Jankins, but you couldn't.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Yaaaaaas!!!

    Didn't need a bra or nuthin'! ???

  • Ardent Photog

    What fool would even joke at that dry vagina having been hit and that uterus jerky having a baby inside? Everyone knows Diana Ross has a drinking problem....could this be a result of liver issues?

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Oh lawd. Sounds like you need to douse yourself in Lake Minnetonka.

  • MookieFly

    Even if u did see the picture, I know she is too old to be pregnant smh. I hope she is going to the doctor because that certainly doesn't look right. Almost looks like it hurts

  • Kim Jones

    Metformin 500 mg once a day will knock that belly out. I am a witness.

  • Dee

    My mom is close to her age, my stepmom is 74, my aunt is 60ish and my sisters are all over 40 and none have this belly fat issue. Maybe miss Ross is getting ready for Halloween cause she looks pregnant not belly fat.

  • ShameTheDevil

    The struggle of a woman never ends

  • Impressive Empress

    So none of these crumb snatchers have mother's, Gran Gran's, or aunties? I hate when people act brand new like its the first time they see a protruded belly on an older woman. GTFOH

  • Goddess™

    Yes, it is INDEED...because my young looking behind will be 41 years of age in a couple of months....in 4 months to be exact! God has blessed me, honey chile....now, I have to do the rest! ????

  • dancemomtoo131

    I agree . And why would Sandrarose even stoop to using Ms. Ross as ruse for writing a medical minute.

  • i troll it like i see it

    I actually didn't mind reading it, I'm in my 30s now, this could be a reality for me in the next decade who knows...I didn't know bellies blew up like that after menopause but I do now.

  • Jean Paul Le’vonne

    I excited to see Miss Ross perform

    at the Venetian Theater in Las Vegas on Nov. 6th!

  • Jean Paul Le’vonne

    I excited to see Miss Ross perform at the Venetian Theater in Las Vegas on Nov. 6th, 2015!

  • ???

    She ain't no stranger to the bottle neithier?

  • Monday

    I CAN'T SEE THE PICTURE NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES I RELOAD!!!!!

    In 2009 I had fibroids that made me look 6 months preggo.... had to explain everytime I am not pregnant.

    People need to mind their own sometimes.... Ms Ross is 71, what did people expect??

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Lol

  • Tammie Reed

    Its so much to do when you age, why can't it just be peaceful and natural geesh! I hate getting older sometimes! Smh!

  • classycns

    Whole Foods and any other Health stores carry Natural Progesterone cream around $12-$15. You can also find it online cheaper. I saw this pic yesterday and it reminded to pick some cream up today. I do Spin class, Pilates, weight training and Zumba. I have a small frame and I look like
    I'm about 3-4 months pregnant (but of course I’m not).

    When I use the cream regularly in the past my BMI was on the lower side of normal. The cream works and it's natural. Another cautionary tale for younger women to stop fat shaming other women. This could be you one day. Best wishes.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    I didn't know this either. I knew there was some weight gain but I didn't know it was like this.

  • Lenina Just Lenina

    Wow it's so funny ..I read this post earlier this morning and Dr. Peeke came into my job this afternoon. And I won't say another...dayum...word.

  • Fendi

    She may be ill. People make me sick when they post disrespectful comments like the one above. My aunt who succombed to complications from breast cancer had fluid on her stomach. It gave the appearance that she was pregnant. People would congratulate her on her (non-existent) pregnancy at times, and it made her feel awful. No one wants to explain to strangers that they are ill. As a result, I don't congratulate a woman on being pregnant unless she confirms it first. You never know...

  • Fendi

    She is stooping by trying to help people? A lot of SR's long term readers are in their 30's, 40's and beyond. With that stated, we should be thanking her for informing us of what may happen to some of us as we age. You're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't with some people.

    I thank you, SR, for your medical minutes. They are one of my favorite parts of your blog.

  • i troll it like i see it

    and I know people love Diana Ross but let's face it, the visual helps...this is something would have had to of seen to believe.

  • let the truth be known

    Another great Medical Minute. i know someone with this problem and will refer them to this post.

  • dancemomtoo131

    She could have used any picture of any middle aged woman. So I repeat...she used this so called medical minute as a ruse to take a stab at Ms. Ross.

  • dancemomtoo131
  • Fendi

    Send SR your full body pic since you're so offended and mad because of an informative story and accompanying image. Maybe next time she'll use your photo instead of Ms. Ross' pic. ?

  • Fendi

    Happy birthday! ???????

  • Fendi

    Noooooooo!!! ???? "I was diagnosed with Ms. Ross, but the doctor said I'm going to be just fine. Pass the hot sauce, please!" Lol.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    You're welcome, hun.

  • dancemomtoo131

    You missed my whole point... I wasn't mad about the informative story...oh never mind. You'll never get it , but that's okay. That's me climbing that pyramid. At least I posted a pic. Where is yours?

  • Fendi

    I am aware of what you were "mad" about. And I will thank God this glorious Sunday that I will "never" get anything you say. Allow me to mail a double tithe as a result.

  • dancemomtoo131

    I wasn't mad actually...I think those were your words.

  • Renaissance Cornela Marie Aust

    Anyhow, I am actually really concerned for Ms Ross. I am hoping that there is nothing serious going on with her. Ladies I just survived EXTREME uterin fibroid tumor that almost took my life due to so much blood loss. Extreme meaning my Hemoglobin was on 2. Anyone in the medical field would know that I should have been dead. Finally had surgery and got them removed. To say that this is just weight gain is speculation. This does NOT look normal. I was looking 6 months pregnant and only 135 lbs, but it was the tumors that were the size of a baby. At 71, Ms Ross should not have any tumors hopefully as they say they will shrink after menopause. I don't know, I am praying for her and hoping that at 71 she does not have any growths, uterine cancer, tumors or anything! I am if necessary, her publicist with let the public know if she is okay. She is looking great for 71 though.