Experiencing unexpected weight gain? According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, more than 1 in 3 adults are overweight. Many men and women over 30 gain extra pounds for a variety of reasons. Most factors affecting our body weight are associated with some kind of disorder, from sleep deprivation and diabetes to hormonal imbalance.
Hormonal imbalance is often observed in persons approaching mid-life. And when andropause or menopause hits us, it’s crucial to keep these hormones balanced. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is used to restore hormone balance and normalize weight.
Aging and weight gain
Hormone imbalance is the reason for how our body changes. As we get older, our metabolism gets slower, we lose muscles, our bones become thinner, and eventually, we put on weight. Such aging problems as increased fatigue, less sleep, and physical activity promotes weight gain.
Sex hormones and weight control
When talking about andropause and menopause and hormone imbalance, huge attention falls on estrogen and testosterone. These hormones are crucial for a high-quality life no matter how old we are. When reproductive age ends, sex hormones level decreases, causing a lot of disturbing body changes, including being overweight. Luckily, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can address this issue. But first, let’s figure out how estrogen and testosterone control our weight.
Estrogen and testosterone are produced both in men’s and women’s bodies in different concentrations. Testosterone is responsible for muscle gain, stamina, fat distribution, and physical energy. As testosterone level drops, these processes slow down and man’s body starts to accumulate fat. Low testosterone levels cause sexual dysfunction, difficulties with concentration, muscle loss, and weight gain. Testosterone deficiency syndrome is associated not only with andropause but can also occur in young men. Longitudinal research shows that in men older than 30 years the level of testosterone decreases from 0.4% to 2% each year.
The main women’s hormone estrogen is responsible for reproductive function, the menstrual cycle, and female organ formation. It also regulates lipid metabolism. In reproductive age, estrogen activates subcutaneous fat accumulation during puberty and pregnancy to provide enough energy for these processes. Low estrogen level during menopause is associated with abdominal fat accumulation which increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Besides, estrogen takes part in appetite regulation so estrogen imbalance could increase food intake, which could lead to obesity.
How does bioidentical hormone therapy help with weight loss?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is a modern way to support your body during stressful changes. Bioidentical hormones are plant-derived hormones, whose chemical structure and functions are identical to hormones produced in the human body. Scientists extract pure estrogen and testosterone from soy, yams, carrot, and other plants’ phytoestrogens. Because of these hormones’ natural sources, they can be more effective and convenient than synthetic ones.
Taking bioidentical hormones for weight loss improves fat distribution processes and leads to fat tissue decrease. One of the huge benefits of BHRT is that it could be adjusted to your special needs and improve your hormone balance to reduce andropause and menopause irritating symptoms.
Hormone levels drop causing a lot of health issues, including being overweight. As we get older, we lose critical hormones that regulate fat accumulation. Bioidentical hormones for weight loss could be a fast and efficient solution. Replacing missing estrogen and testosterone with bioidentical hormones normalizes fat distribution and decreases fat tissue in our body. If you want to know more about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for weight loss, you can fill out the form on our site and get a consultation with a professional.
Dr. Mill has over thirty years of experience working as a thyroid specialist and hormone expert in a US clinic. He is passionate about developing his knowledge and confirming his practice.