It happens to most of us at a point in our lives – weight gain. Sometimes we know why it’s happening – we stopped going to the gym and started picking up a donut on the way into work every day.
But too often, it’s unclear. Our habits haven’t changed in a big way – we’re eating our salads and running a couple of times a week – and yet the weight keeps creeping on.
Take a Look at Your Lifestyle
As you think about making a doctor’s appointment to figure out what’s going on, take a close look at your habits and lifestyle.
- Are you feeling hungrier than usual? Maybe you’re snacking on extra sugar because you’ve been more tired recently.
- Is staying active feeling more difficult because of energy levels?
- Are your stress levels higher than usual right now because of life events?
All this information is valuable to both you and your doctor – it will help narrow down what’s really going on and ensure the right tests are run.
You know your body best, and you deserve a doctor and a medical team who will listen carefully and patiently to you and take your needs and your health seriously.
So How Do We Figure out What’s Going On?
One of the most common culprits for unexplained weight gain is a change in hormones. As we age, our hormone balance shifts naturally. But there are also underlying hormone disorders that can pop up without us noticing – lowered testosterone in men, estrogen changes in women, and more.
So many different hormones can affect your weight.
- Insulin regulates your blood sugar levels.
- Leptin and ghrelin control your hunger levels and your hunger levels.
- Cortisol reacts to your stress levels.
More info on each hormone and its relationship to weight loss can be found here.
What Are Hormones and Why Do They Matter?
Before diving into hormone replacement therapy, let’s cover the basics of hormones. For something that plays such a significant role in our bodies, many don’t know much about hormones!
Hormones are chemical messengers that travel through our blood and enter cells, tissues, and organs, telling them what to do and when to do it.
From here, they can regulate everything from our emotions to reproduction to our general wellbeing. Essentially, hormones control and coordinate various activities throughout our bodies.
- Hormones carry messages between cells and organs.
- Hormone levels will naturally decline with age. However, when left untreated, you could have health issues.
- Hormonal imbalance can impact both men and women of any age.
Furthermore, because hormonal imbalance can happen at any time and can cause serious health problems, regular check-ups and monitoring are essential to keep your body in balance.
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is a type of hormone therapy that uses hormones that are structurally identical to the substances as they naturally occur in your body. It has been a favorite for both men and women going through the aging process and dealing with hormonal imbalance.
Other hormone therapy options include pills, patches, and creams, but don’t offer an individualized approach for your unique needs and health concerns. BHRT is the natural alternative to synthetic hormone treatments that often don’t provide relief.
We use BHRT through hormone pellet therapy. Hormone pellets have been around for decades but were pushed aside when pills and patches flooded the market.
However, many practitioners are turning back to hormone pellet therapy to offer their patients a more individualized approach to restoring balance and optimizing hormones.
Apart from navigating daily life with a hefty list of symptoms making things more complicated, keeping your hormones balanced is crucial for your health.
Hormonal imbalance has been linked to various diseases such as Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and even certain cancers.
Imbalanced hormones don’t always produce symptoms. So, even if you don’t notice any of the warning signs, it’s crucial to have your hormones checked. Your specific set of symptoms along with other factors (age, stress levels, weight, etc.) will be an important influence on when to have your hormones tested.
Likewise, timing will also be a considerable factor on when you’re able to have hormones tested; for example, women under the age of 40 will need to plan hormone testing around their menstrual cycle. For best results and optimal efficiency, it’s always best to plan with your doctor and discuss an appropriate time for hormone testing.
There are some lifestyle changes you can make to naturally encourage hormone balance. So, even if you undergo BHRT with pellet therapy, adding the following methods to your routine can help improve your health.
Just because it’s a common problem doesn’t mean it can’t be fixed. At Emerald Medical Clinic, we believe every one of us deserves to live a life that’s healthy – full of energy, joy, and vitality. We’ll work one-on-one with you, taking the time to really get to know you and your unique needs, problems, and life.
So, if you’re struggling to lose weight despite your best efforts at dieting and exercising, don’t lose hope. If you’re in the Sarasota area, schedule an appointment at Emerald Medical Clinic and start getting answers and solutions today.