Dr. Dawn Ericsson, M.D.

Dr. E’s Women’s Health Update:  Hormones and weight management  
Hormone imbalances can lead to weight gain, especially in women. 

Hello friends, 

Hormones play a crucial role in regulating various bodily functions, including metabolism, appetite, and fat storage. When hormone levels are disrupted or imbalanced, it can affect these functions and lead to changes in body composition and weight. Imbalanced hormones in females can indeed contribute to weight gain.  

Here’s how imbalanced hormones can contribute to weight gain in females:

Insulin resistance:
Elevated levels of certain hormones, such as insulin, can lead to insulin resistance, a condition in which the body's cells do not respond effectively to insulin. This can result in higher blood sugar levels and increased fat storage, potentially leading to weight gain, particularly in the abdominal area.
Thyroid disorders:
Imbalances in thyroid hormones, such as hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone levels) or hyperthyroidism (excess thyroid hormone levels), can influence metabolic rate and energy expenditure. Hypothyroidism, in particular, can slow down the metabolism, making it easier to gain weight and harder to lose it.
Estrogen fluctuations:
Changes in estrogen levels, such as those occurring during perimenopause or menopause, can affect body fat distribution, leading to an increase in abdominal fat. Estrogen imbalances can also influence appetite and food cravings, potentially contributing to weight gain.
Cortisol imbalances:
Chronic stress can lead to imbalances in cortisol, the primary stress hormone. Elevated cortisol levels can promote fat storage, particularly in the abdominal area, and may contribute to increased appetite and cravings for unhealthy, high-calorie foods.
Leptin and ghrelin disruption:
Disruptions in hormones such as leptin and ghrelin, which regulate hunger and satiety, can lead to increased appetite and overeating. This can contribute to weight gain and difficulties in maintaining a healthy weight.

Managing hormonal imbalances often involves a multifaceted approach, including lifestyle modifications, dietary changes, stress management techniques, and, in some cases, hormone therapy. If you suspect that hormonal imbalances are contributing to weight gain or other health issues, it’s essential to consult with a healthcare provider at Age Rejuvenation. We can evaluate your hormone levels, assess your overall health, and provide guidance on appropriate treatment options tailored to your specific needs and goals. We can then help develop a comprehensive treatment plan to address hormonal imbalances and support overall health and well-being.

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