Weight gain has become a problem that affects more and more people nowadays. This occurrence has links also to some hormonal abnormalities. Hormonal imbalances tend to occur especially in women up in age and the result can be weight gain. It has been a place of interest for many researchers and people themselves to find out why it happens and how it is possible to get the hormonal level in balance. Different hormone levels are changed among women in age.
Hormonal Imbalances and Weight Gain:
Insulin is one type of hormone that affects weight gain. This occurrence mainly attacks receptors of fat and liver cells. That’s one of the reasons why insulin is also called “the fat-building hormone.” It stores glucose as fat in at, liver and muscles. When there occurs insulin resistance, the cells don’t recognize insulin thus “glucose levels in the serum stay elevated, and the pancreas secretes increased insulin levels.” This problem becomes even bigger when people start to a loose capability to control their appetite. Exercising plays a big role in balancing and managing calories and fat.
Facts show that the growth of lean muscle mass is really important in the fight against insulin resistance. The second thing is that you should follow your eating habits. Refined carbohydrates that can be found, for example, in high-fructose corn syrup can raise obesity. High in calories is also white flour and various other products that need further knowledge. In the syrup as mentioned earlier, you can also find mercury that is rather toxic. Anyone should avoid environmental toxicities.
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In menopausal women, thyroid level tends to be low thus slowing down the whole body metabolism. It is mainly possible to change it with the right nutritious lower-carbohydrate diet, but there can also be other issues that need additional attention as the thyroid gland is a complicated organ. As for metabolic syndrome treatment, according to one of the studies in the field, 55-75 years old clients who did aerobic and anaerobic exercises for 60 minutes 3 times a week had “a 20% loss in abdominal fat” and even resolved their metabolism.1
Sexual Reproductive Hormones
High testosterone level is quite common in menopausal women. It mainly aids lean muscle, and in menopausal women the level of testosterone usually is high. Estrogen (primary female sex hormone) also changes with age. In menopausal women, the production of this hormone typically is lower. This process also has an effect on central obesity as it doesn’t promote the burning of fat in different muscles or break down the fats stored for energy. The level of estrogen can also be too high in menopausal women.
For older women cortisol level usually rises together with appetite. As a consequence, it increases glucose produced in the liver. High cortisol hormone level is associated with abdominal fat development.
DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) supports lean muscle development and at the same time fat loss. Its level declines with age (“reducing by as much as 80 percent by our mid-seventies.”
Some studies have also shown that lack of vitamin D plays a role in hormone changes. Supplementation is one additional thing is correct supplementation. It is important to follow not only kind of products consumed but also their quality, including oils that cooking, salads, etc.
ADDITIONAL POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS:
- Stress management- Negative moods and uneasiness put more pressure on the body, and that can negatively influence various parts of the body. For older people, yoga has proved to be a good help to reduce blood pressure and enhance energy.
- Sleep- According to the NHANES study, also a lack of sleep (less than six h per night) can have an adverse effect. It increases a hormone named ghrelin that makes people want to eat more, especially carbs. At the same time, lack of sleep also lowers the level of leptin hormone that controls appetite, raises cortisol to increase the glucose production.
- Detox- Nowadays there are a lot of toxins not only in food but all around. It can find the way in the body. Thus, it is good to find some way how to detox the body. Apart from using special medication, it should be possible also to other solutions. It is possible to use antioxidants that can be found in the green tea extract, blueberries, ginko, and others.
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Weight gain has links to hormonal imbalances. Not only will it change the overall outlook but also inner feeling. Confidence about the body is as important as feeling good also inside. Luckily, there are numerous solutions that have proven to be working. But each case is different thus it is important to evaluate them all individually.Reference:
Metabolic Syndrome and the Menopausal Woman. Accessed from: http://www.townsendletter.com/FebMarch2012/metabolic0212.htmlrel=”nofollow”
With over 200 hormones in the body doing hundreds of different jobs, it’s important to keep them in balance. Accessed from: http://www.ion.ac.uk/information/onarchives/hormonesbalancerel=”nofollow”
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