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These 4 Hormones Control Weight

One of the biggest struggles women face as they age is trying to maintain their weight as they face perimenopause and menopause. What many don’t realize is the fluctuation of hormones and imbalance that is likely occurring could be causing weight-related problems. By balancing hormones, these issues can often very easily be corrected. So, what are the four hormones most closely related to weight?

Estrogen

Estrogen levels tend to decrease during menopause, but even though they are decreasing, you could still be gaining weight due to estrogen dominance. How? Estrogen dominance occurs when estrogen levels are higher than progesterone levels, and if your progesterone levels are decreasing more rapidly than your estrogen levels, this could be the problem. It’s very common.

Leptin

Leptin is the hormone responsible for telling your brain that you're full when eating. Modern diets full of sugar and too much fructose, commonly found in many popular foods, often lead to an excess of leptin. This could cause your body to become leptin resistant and unable to tell when you're full.

Insulin

You’ve probably heard a lot about insulin as it relates to diabetes. Insulin helps regulate blood sugar, but when the body’s glucose regulator becomes off balance it can make weight loss challenging to say the least. Eating lots of sugar each day keeps the insulin in your body working too hard to clear the sugar from your blood, and it ends up being stored as fat.

Cortisol

Known as the stress hormone, an increase in cortisol can actually cause the storage of visceral fat around internal organs, which can translate into extra belly fat.

Weight loss, weight gain and changes in appetite can all be signs of a hormone imbalance, which usually ends up affecting many other areas of the body. Dr. Foster focuses on helping his patients - both local and long distance, via phone consult and remote treatment - balance their hormones and get back to living their best and healthiest lives. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call us today at 442-227-0623.

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