How a Hormone Imbalance Impacts Your Weight

Hormones are tiny chemical messengers that play a large role in your overall health. When you have a hormone imbalance, you can develop a broad range of symptoms that impact nearly all aspects of your health — including your weight. 

Most anyone can develop a hormone imbalance, but it’s especially common during puberty, menopause, and older age. 

At Improving Your Health in Naples and Tampa, Florida, Robert Rubin, MD, specializes in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) for improved wellness. Read on to learn how a hormone imbalance can impact your weight and what to do when one develops.

The basics of hormones

Your endocrine glands produce hormones, which are powerful chemicals that move through your bloodstream letting your organs and tissues know what to do. 

Hormones help control many major functions in your body, including your metabolism. Your metabolism affects everything from body temperature and digestion to your body’s ability to convert food into energy. 

While hormones naturally fluctuate throughout life, aging, menopause, and various medical conditions can offset their balance and lead to significant problems. 

Hormone imbalance and weight changes

Because hormones play such a valuable role in food metabolism, imbalances can interfere with appetite control, energy levels, and your weight. 

Left unaddressed, low levels of hormones like estrogen and testosterone can lead to unintentional weight loss or weight gain, or make it virtually impossible to shed excess pounds. 

In addition to disrupted food metabolism, you might feel too depressed or fatigued to exercise or prepare healthy meals as needed for weight control

Low levels of testosterone can also lead to decreased muscle mass, which can negatively influence your shape and size.

What to do about imbalanced hormones

While lifestyle measures such as managing stress, maintaining healthy sleep habits, exercising, and eating well can help lower the impact of a hormone imbalance, you may fare best with BHRT. 

BHRT uses hormones that are molecularly identical to hormones in your body. We implant pellets into the soft tissue beneath your skin, usually in your upper buttocks. The pellets dissolve into your body over 3-4 months, releasing hormones. 

In addition to improved weight control, you may experience improved moods, cognitive function, and sexual health. Better hormone levels can also lower your risk of heart disease and stroke.

To learn more about BHRT or get support around your weight or hormone-related issues, contact us by calling the nearest office or requesting an appointment online today.

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