Hormone Health MD Bioidentical Blog

April 19, 2012

Weight Loss and Hormones

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Tired of fighting the battle of the bulge? Following a strict diet and exercising, yet still unable to lose weight. You may be suffering from hormone imbalance.

There are several hormones that contribute to weight control.

Most of us know about how increased stress hormone, cortisol, can increase belly fat. But several other hormones contribute to weight gain and inability to lose weight.

In women, lack of progesterone, that is natural bioidentical progesterone, not progestin, can cause you to gain weight. Estrogen is responsible for 400 functions in the female body, but without progesterone to modulate the building up effect of estrogen, you will gain weight. Both estrogen and progesterone fall with age, but progesterone goes first leaving most women with a relative estrogen excess in comparison to progesterone. Estrogen without enough progesterone can cause a weight gain of about 10 pounds. Progesterone is a natural diuretic and modulates this effect of estrogen, making it easier to lose weight.

Another hormone deficiency that increases weight gain in men and women is lack of thyroid hormone. The active thyroid hormone to lose weight is T3, but most doctors measure the inactive hormones T4 and TSH, giving an inaccurate view of thyroid function. In addition, parameters for normal are too broad. You may also be thyroid hormone resistant due to yo-yo starvation diets, stress, and nutrient deficiencies. To make matters worse, thyroid hormone naturally decreases with aging. A thorough thyroid blood work evaluation can detect if your weight problems are due to lack of thyroid hormone.

Lack of testosterone in women, but especially in men, can cause weight gain. Testosterone helps to build up muscle which burns fat. In men testosterone improves energy to exercise, burn fat, and build muscle.

DHEA is another hormone that helps to lose weight. Studies have shown people who take DHEA have more success losing weight than those who do not. DHEA helps burn fat, raise metabolism, decrease appetite, and decrease fat storage in and of itself.

Last but not least is adult growth hormone deficiency.  Growth hormone helps to increase lean body mass, and decrease fat mass. It improves energy and outlook including desire and ability to exercise. It increases muscle mass which increases fat burning.

  Hormones and nutrients go hand in hand and there are many nutrients that help lose weight including chromium, CLA, GLA, zinc, selenium, green tea, ginseng, and Co Q 10, among many others.

Of course, diet and exercise and very important to weight loss as well. If you feel you’re doing everything right but can’t lose weight, check you’re hormones.

 

For further informattion contact:

Aref Bhuiya M.D., 5655 Lindero Canyon Rd., Ste. 202, Westlake Village, CA 91362, 818-597-3223.

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July 15, 2008

Emotional and Hormonal Health

We often think of emotional health in terms of what’s going on in our lives, but more often it is tied to what’s going on in our bodies.

 

Emotional health is very much tied to our hormones. Depression in particular can be governed by deficiencies and imbalances in our hormones.

 

In men, testosterone deficiency is linked with depression, irritability, and lack of motivation. The term “grumpy old men” is often used to describe the emotional changes that occur in men with testosterone deficiency. In women, lack of testosterone can be associated with lack of emotional shield and panic attacks.

 

In women, estrogen enhances formation of serotonin and estrogen deficiency can cause depression, but lack of progesterone is also tied to depression, irritability, and mood swings. With decreasing estrogen and progesterone in the pre- and peri-menopause it makes sense why women experience more depression in mid-life. Lack of estrogen can also effect concentration and memory.

 

 Post- partum depression is really a disorder of a precipitous drop in progesterone after childbirth and inability to rebound from this drop. Some informed obstetricians treat this change in mood not with anti-depressants but with bioidentical progesterone with great success.

 

 Many young women on the birth control pill or other forms of hormonal birth control experience increased depression, irritability, and mood swings. This is because the synthetic hormones in these drugs interfere with normal hormone balance, occupying normal progesterone receptors in addition to decreasing the production in progesterone eliminating the natural calming effect of this hormone.

 

Another hormone that can affect emotional health is cortisol (the stress hormone) excess or deficiency. These conditions can cause irritability, confusion, sleep disturbances, mood disturbances, depression, emotional imbalances, foggy thinking, and panic disorders.

 

Thyroid hormone deficiency can also cause depression, anxiety or panic attacks, decreased memory, inability to concentrate, slow speech, insomnia, and agitation.

 

Growth Hormone deficiency can also manifest not only as a lack of motivation but also as a lack of sociability.   In addition, a prominent characteristic of low growth hormone is an inability to concentrate and a failing memory.

 

A deficiency in any of our major hormones can have mental and emotional effects. The best way to determine if hormone loss is a factor in your mental health is to see a doctor familiar with the emotional effects of hormone loss, discuss your symptoms, and have hormone testing. If deficiencies are detected, replace lost hormones only with bioidentical hormones. It could make all the difference!

For further informattion contact:

Aref Bhuiya M.D., 5655 Lindero Canyon Rd., Ste. 202, Westlake Village, CA 91362, 818-597-3223.

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