Ever wonder if your hormones are affecting your ability to lose weight?
If you have any concerns about your hormones, you can book an appointment with Dr. Lukasko ND. A saliva hormone panel can be requested to identify hormone imbalances that can contribute to weight gain or make it difficult to shed those extra pounds.
Let’s start with the basics… What is a hormone?
A hormone is a chemical that is released from a gland in one part of our body and travels to another part through the bloodstream. For example, estrogen is produce by the ovaries and has biochemical effects on breast tissues. There are a number of hormones being produced by our body, and different hormones interact with each other. Many health issues are often a combination of multiple hormone imbalances rather than just one.
Hormones that effect weight loss and weight gain
Low thyroid hormone can play a role in weight gain. Hypothyroidism is a condition in which our thyroid gland produces low amounts of T3 and T4 (thyroid hormones). People who suffer from hypothyroidism may have dry skin, hair loss, menstrual irregularities, cold intolerance, and difficulty losing weight. Low thyroid function can be due to nutritional deficiencies, stress, thyroid surgery, medications, or autoimmune disease.
Cortisol is a hormone that is produced by the adrenal gland when the body is under stress. Cortisol is needed when we are confronted with acute stressors; but long term stress can be damaging to the body. Cortisol is one of the key hormones that is responsible for weight gain around the abdomen (belly).
Insulin is a hormone that helps glucose (sugar) enter the cells. Elevated insulin levels could indicate a diet high in carbohydrates/sugars or that the body is becoming resistant to insulin. If you body isn’t able to bring glucose into the cells, the remaining sugar in the blood will be stored as fat.
For menopausal women, low levels of sex hormones like estrogen can make losing weight difficult.
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