arrow-small-left Created with Sketch. arrow-small-right Created with Sketch. Carat Left arrow Created with Sketch. check Created with Sketch. circle carat down circle-down Created with Sketch. circle-up Created with Sketch. clock Created with Sketch. difficulty Created with Sketch. download Created with Sketch. email email Created with Sketch. facebook logo-facebook Created with Sketch. logo-instagram Created with Sketch. logo-linkedin Created with Sketch. linkround Created with Sketch. minus plus preptime Created with Sketch. print Created with Sketch. Created with Sketch. twitter logo-twitter Created with Sketch.

Research study: why women often gain weight at midlife

Research 6 Dec 2019
woman in red top exercising in gym

Monash University researchers are trying to work out why women often gain weight at midlife. They are currently seeking women aged 45-60 years to take part in a research study.

Participants need to be willing to have a blood sample taken and a body heat map performed (a body heat map is a bit like a temperature photograph, not an X-Ray).

Participants also need to be either not receiving hormone therapy or receiving oestrogen-only therapy, non-smokers, healthy without diagnosed diabetes, have normal blood pressure and not currently taking any blood sugar, cholesterol or blood pressure altering drugs.

The study will involve a single visit to the laboratory at Monash Clayton (Melbourne) where all measurements will take place. This includes measurement of body heat production by a body heat map, measurement of body composition (body fat and muscle mass), resting energy use and blood samples will be collected. This will take approximately 3-3.5 hours.

When you leave, you will be asked to wear 3 small temperature monitors for 3 days. During this time, we will ask you to complete a food diary to record your meals and exercise routines. You will be given a prepaid envelope to return these. Participants will receive a $150 gift card for reimbursement. Parking on site will be provided.

The study has been approved by the Monash University Human Research and Ethics Committee.

If you are interested in participating please call Dr Henry on 99052500 or email her at

Read more about what's involved on the Monash University website.