Hormone Replacement Therapy For Weight Loss
There is a definite case to be made for the role of hormones in weight management. When our hormones are out of balance, we can experience weight gain and sluggishness that leads to less exercise. This reduction in our physical activity can compound the problem by resulting in more weight gain. Luckily, this is a fight you may be able to win by simply changing a few bad habits. Ultimately, learning how to balance your hormones can help you lose weight.
First Stop: Stress
Many people find that, when under stress, they eat more. While this propensity to over indulge could be the result of an emotional issue, it is more often a result of the hormone Cortisol. Cortisol is released by your body when you have the need for adrenaline; this is often referred to as, “fight or flight.” If you were in a physically dangerous position and needed extra energy to fight someone or flee from something, the release of some of your stored glucose as a result of Cortisol would give you the energy to punch or run. After a release of Cortisol, you find yourself hungry and exhausted.
In today’s society, stress most often comes from work or family situations and, while your body still releases the Cortisol to help you fight or flee- you don’t actually need it. Everyday stressful situations are not resolved my punching your boss in the face or running away from paperwork. So now, you have the exhaustion after the Cortisol is released and the hunger afterward- but no actual glucose burned from physical activity.
Next Stop: Metabolism
Your thyroid is a tricky beast. It is a small gland in your throat that produces two hormones (Thyroxine and Triiodothyronine) which work to increase your metabolism and help you burn more calories throughout the day. When the thyroid doesn’t work properly, your metabolism could slow and you could find yourself suddenly gaining a large amount of weight- even without making any changes to your diet. You’ll also feel sluggish, leaving no energy for exercise.
Last Stop: Insulin
Insulin is yet another hormone that can cause you to gain weight. When your pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin, then the food your body breaks down into glucose gets stored as fat. Switching to a higher protein diet and cutting out simple carbohydrates while adding exercise to your daily routine can help you win this battle.
Understanding your body’s relationship with hormones can help you lose weight in a safe way and can impact your health in other positive ways.
Low Testosterone Symptoms
When people feel bad, many times they chalk it up to a bad day or a dietary imbalance. Of course, you might suffer from a vitamin or mineral deficiency, but many times people eat well enough to prevent this from happening. Another cause could be a chronic condition or disease, but again if you are getting regular checkups at the doctor’s office, these should be spotted rather quickly. One of the most common conditions that is also rarely self-diagnosed accurately, is having low testosterone.
Although testosterone is usually seen as a “male” hormone, the truth is that both males and females need it. Testosterone is a common hormone in both sexes used for muscle and bone strength and is essential to maintain high energy levels. Women produce less testosterone after menopause and often have to supplement their bodies during this time. Estrogen boosters also reduce testosterone levels in women (the same goes for men, but men rarely supplement with estrogen).
Some common low testosterone symptoms are fatigue, difficulty gaining or maintaining muscle, depression, and loss of strength. More than four million men suffer from low testosterone levels, largely in part because many either don’t seek treatment or don’t understand the condition. Low testosterone is a problem that is generally believed to occur among older men, however men in their 30′s and 40′s also suffer from low testosterone levels.
The reason that athletes take steroids, which include testosterone among other hormones, is that they help reduce body fat, improve muscle growth, and improve energy levels. A testosterone deficiency can have the opposite effect, which usually goes hand in hand with depression.
Our Physicians can prescribe hormone replacement therapy to increase the testosterone levels in your body so that you don’t have to suffer from mood swings, irritability, and a lack of energy. If you are active, then any sort of physical exercise can deplete your testosterone levels, leaving you constantly fatigued and unable to heal. If you think you have any of these symptoms, it is important that you talk to a doctor as soon as possible.
You can ask your doctor for a blood test, where you can find out for certain if you suffer from low testosterone. A blood test is quick and easy and you can usually have your results back within a few days. Sometimes, you can have a spot reading so that you can start hormone replacement therapy immediately.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
There has long been a cult of mystique around the advent of menopause in women. Women, differentiated from men by their ability to have children and menstruate, lose that ability when they grow older. Suddenly they are in a state of flux – no longer of child bearing age, yet still – in this day and age – healthy and often vital. Now women live long, healthy and active lives after menopause and they want to feel good, vital and happy while doing so. That is where hormone replacement therapy comes in.
Bioidentical hormone therapy (sometimes called bioidentical hormone replacement therapy or BHRT) is basically the term for the treatment of the hormone deficiencies caused when a women goes through menopause. Bioidentical hormone therapy uses molecules that are endogenous to the hormones already found in the human body, hence the term “bioidentical.”
You often hear about hormone replacement therapy for women, but bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is different in one supremely important way – it uses human hormones, not the animal or synthetic hormones that are so often used in other popular and conventional forms of hormone replacement therapy.
Bioidentical hormone therapy uses many types of hormones, but the two major hormones used in bioidentical hormone therapy are estradiol and progesterone. Both of these hormones are available in FDA-approved forms.