Weight loss programs invoke images of salads, hours in the gym, and dessert deprivation. Hormone testing probably doesn’t come to mind. However as we age, estrogen and progesterone levels decline, while androgen levels (testosterone and DHEA) can increase in those living in MN. These changes not only increase the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease, but they also shift how and where fat is stored in our bodies.
Attempting to lose weight without addressing the hormonal component is like going to the gym then eating a big piece of chocolate cake. Focusing on whole foods, reducing refined carbohydrates, exercising as prescribed by your doctor and treating any hormone imbalances will help you successfully lose weight and keep it off. Common weight related hormone symptoms include: increased waist size, bloating, decreased stamina, and difficulty maintaining weight loss.
As we age our basal metabolic rate (BMR) slows down, increasing the number of calories that are converted to fat. Estrogen is stored in fat cells, as estrogen levels drop, your body compensates by storing more fat. The body responds to this change in hormone level by accumulating fat around the abdomen creating more of an apple shape. The thyroid gland has an impact on metabolism. Iodine and vitamin D can impact how well the thyroid gland is functioning. Low iodine and vitamin D levels can contribute to underlying factors in the struggle to lose weight. Hormone changes redirect the body to store fat in an attempt to conserve hormone and energy stores. However, these stores are often counter-productive to health and well-being. Balancing your hormones can help facilitate lasting weight loss.
Hormone testing and follow up monitoring is a critical step in a successful weight loss program. Testing may involve reproductive, adrenal, and thyroid hormone testing. Due to the complexity of the endocrine system, issues rarely stem from a single hormone.