HOW HORMONES AFFECT WEIGHT LOSS
DO YOU KNOW THAT YOUR HORMONES MAY BE THE CAUSE OF YOUR WEIGHT GAIN?
When your hormones are not in balance, you may experience difficulty in losing weight. Knowing how to recognize a hormonal imbalance can ensure that your body is not slowing your weight loss efforts.
Hormones are chemical messengers in your body that stimulate reactions and bodily functions to take place. Examples of bodily functions that affect weight loss include metabolism and hunger. When your hormones are not in balance, you may experience difficulty in losing weight.
A specific example of how hormones can affect your ability to lose weight is cortisol. According to the MayoClinic, cortisol is a hormone produced when you experience stress. If your stress levels stay constantly high, cortisol can contribute to weight gain by stimulating hunger. When Cortisol levels are elevated all fat burning hormones are suppressed. increased production of estradiol, a form of estrogen associated with fat storage. Fat cells convert testosterone into estradiol, which can further contribute to difficulty to losing weight. Women also produce fewer hormones as they age, which can increase the amount of fat on the body and slow
metabolism, making it more difficult to achieve fat loss.
CORTISOL IMBALANCE AND WEIGHT GAIN
Cortisol stimulates fat and carbohydrate metabolism for fast energy, along with insulin release and maintenance of blood sugar levels. The end result of these actions can be an increase in appetite.
Cortisol has been termed the “stress hormone” because excess cortisol is secreted during times of physical or psychological stress, and the normal pattern of cortisol secretion (with levels highest in the early morning and lowest at night) can be altered. This disruption of cortisol secretion may not only promote weight gain, but it can also affect where you put on the weight. Some studies have shown that stress and elevated cortisol tend to cause fat deposition in the abdominal area rather than in the hips. This fat deposition has been referred to as “toxic fat” since abdominal fat deposition is strongly correlated with the development of cardiovascular disease including heart at-tacks and strokes.
As you age your body begins to produce fewer hormones. Men produce less testosterone as they age, an occurrence linked with increased abdominal obesity. This is because lower testosterone levels result in
TESTOSTERONE LEVEL IMBALANCE IS LINKED WITH ABDOMINAL OBESITY.
Accurate measurement of testosterone in blood remains a challenge. Free Testosterone is an ideal diagnostic tool for androgen levels in both men and women, but accurate measurement of testosterone remains a challenge. The determination of the blood testosterone concentrations in serum by conventional immunoassays is inaccurate in men, and even more so in women and children. Directly measuring testosterone in saliva is a better alternative to blood measurement: only the free, biologically active
fraction is rep-resented in saliva.
Studies show that free salivary testosterone levels in morning samples correlate well with calculated free testosterone in blood, both in healthy men and in patients with androgen deficiency.
WEIGHT GAIN AND HORMONE IMBALANCE CONNECTION
Weight gain in hips, thighs, water retention, low thyroid & metabolism TESTOSTERONE/DHEA IMBALANCE:
Decreased muscle, low metabolic rate, abdominal
Sugar cravings, belly fat, increased appetite, inhibits thyroid and metabolism
WEIGHT MANAGEMENT PROFILES:
Diurnal Cortisol (Cx4)
Diurnal Cortisol (Cx4)
Saliva is the ideal choice of specimen to measure cortisol and other hormone levels. Saliva measures the “Unbound Biologically Active,” or free hormone levels in the body. When blood is filtered through the salivary glands the bound hormone components are too large to pass through cell membranes of the salivary glands. Only the unbound hormones pass through in the saliva. What is measured in saliva is considered the “free” (bioavailable) hormone, and is indicative of hormone levels that will be delivered to the receptors in the tissues of the body.
Free unbound hormones in saliva produce a more accurate picture of the body’s physiological state and ability to achieve weight loss.
- Convenient, initial stage of test can be completed from home.
- Provides accurate, fast, and reliable, results.
- Interpretations of lab results provided with clear and detailed information.
- Non-invasive: no needles or blood work is required.
- No costly medical fees: no doctor visit or blood work required.