Even if you have been thin all of your life, you may experience significant weight gain after menopause. Weight gain does not receive as much attention as night sweats, hot flashes, vaginal dryness and other side effects of menopause, but it probably affects more women.
Weight gain is often considered a natural part of aging, but there is nothing “natural” about it.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, consisting of natural hormones identical on the molecular level to your body’s own hormones, can help you keep those excess pounds at bay. Contact a skilled doctor for more information.
When a woman’s estrogen levels drops during menopause, her weight tends to go up. The average woman gains 10 to 15 pounds in the years immediately before and after menopause, and continues to gain about 1 pound a year afterward. That is because the female body seeks to replace lost estrogen once ovaries stop production of this hormone, and fat cells are another source.
Some weight gain is due to lack of progesterone, the loss of which does not cause weight gain per se but can result in bloating. Menopausal weight gain concentrates primarily on the abdomen, rather than thighs and hips.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy helps the body rebalance hormones to their natural levels and optimizes weight loss efforts. When estrogen levels increase, the body is no longer turning to fat cells to replenish the hormone.
While excess weight is unattractive, it also predisposes people to a host of health issues. These include:
Along with aiding weight loss, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy helps protect users from many of these and related conditions.
Even with bioidentical hormone replacement, weight loss does not happen in a vacuum. Just as bioidentical hormones are custom tailored for each specific patient’s needs, the doctor will also put together an individual diet and exercise regimen for that person.
For most patients, this diet and exercise plan reflects a practical way to stay healthy and lose weight. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy helps avoid drastic measures for diet and exercise changes for the majority of patients.
With bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, the goal is to make the patient feel better in every aspect of their lives – the physical, emotional and mental.
If you would like more information about hormone replacement therapy for weight loss, call our office today and arrange a consultation.