I'm approaching 50 (turned 48 in April), and have been in the midst of perimenopause for about 7 years. Cystic acne on chin/hairline (age 41), increase in anxiety/rapid heart rate (42-44), downy hair growth on cheeks/chin (46-now), fat gain around middle (46-now), inability to stay asleep (47-now), etc.
I started getting hot flashes earlier this year. In March 2013 they were coming up to 24 a day! Right before the wave of heat I would get very alert which made for some poor sleepless nights. Not sweaty, just a heat wave.
I removed all sugar (even most fruit sugar) for 60 days at the end of April. Within a week, my flashes were reduced by half. Within 3 weeks, they were gone. I actually did a Whole30 program, so I also removed dairy and gluten. I had been gluten free off and on for many years so I don't think it was gluten. I guess it could be dairy, but I suspect sugar.
I'm trying to stay sugar free now. I am able to eat some raisins and I am hoping to add raw honey for cooking. I actually did eat some cookies today and did not get a hot flash, which was a very different story from the 4 times I cheated on the Whole30 with sugar (well, it was Whole60; cheated 4 times in 60 days and got hot flashes 3 of the times within an hour).
My weight has stayed within 5lbs for the past 25 years, but it has shifted. I have a small belly now where I used to be quite flat. My thighs and butt are bigger. Not sure how that all happens when I really weigh the same that I did a few years ago when all was flatter/tighter!
I am struggling to find a way to exercise well, since I developed a pelvic organ prolapse in November 2012 which has sidelined me (permanently?) from my cross-fit/heavy lifting days. Honestly, that level of fitness was partly to blame for my current condition. I also have slight scoliosis so my alignment is not normal for running/lifting/jumping, etc. Hoping to get my upper body developed again. Six months and I'm soft! Feminine, but I miss the muscles!
I'm rambling. I may have posted here earlier. I cannot remember. Oh, and my mental clarity has SKYROCKETED since going sugar free. I highly recommend it for anyone struggling with hot flashes, brain fog and low level depression. 30 days should be enough of an experiment to see if it is for you. Removing all sugar is tough (brown sugar in bacon, fruits, dried fruits, honey, stevia; all of it).
My skin looks amazing, too.