Are Hormones Making You FAT?
- Bioidentical Hormones have changed my life in so many ways!
- --Cathy P. Santa Rosa, CA
One of the complaints I have heard from some women, is that when they go on hormone replacement therapy in menopause they start to gain weight. This complaint has been common enough that I decided to investigate it. After evaluating the published research studies from 2005-2015, it became apparent to me that there appears to be what is called "estrogen dominance" in some postmenopausal women - yes AFTER menopause. Meaning that they preferentially absorb and metabolize hormones into estrogen.
When these women are given postmenopausal synthetic estrogens, it causes them to begin storing calories in their fat cells as if they were pregnant. Remember, estrogen and progesterone are primarily hormones of pregnancy. The entire biological purpose of the fluctuations of hormones during the menstrual cycle of "cycling females" or premenopausal women, is to ensure that woman can effectively become pregnant. On a basic biological level, it is all about the survival of our human species.
Women are not naturally designed to continue making reproductive hormones after menopause, which in turn leads to other problems that can be
quite serious. As we age, our metabolism naturally slows down. So for some women this translates into weight gain when they go on post menopausal hormones.
Are There Options for Hormone Replacement?
Yes! There are many options to help ease the symptoms of menopause, and each woman needs to be individually evaluated. There is no such thing as "one size fits all" when it comes to hormone balancing. One option for women who tend to gain weight after menopause is to use small appropriate doses of testosterone. Dr Hoffman has found clinically that Testosterone is a very beneficial hormone for women,especially after menopause.
Testosterone for women? What can it do for me?
- It boosts metabolism to help women "lean out"
- It helps build muscle
- It increases bone density
- It raises energy levels
- It stimulates the libido
- It supports brain function
- Research shows that it down regulates estrogen receptors to reduce the risk of breast cancer.
Estrogen in a woman's body - How does it work?
Testosterone also gets aromatized in fat cells into estrogen. So for many women using testosterone alone can eliminate the night sweats and hot flashes, increase energy, promote weight loss and lower the risk of breast cancer with no vaginal bleeding. In one study 87% of women reported complete relief of all menopausal symptoms including anxiety and menstrual headache using testosterone alone.
Side effects are minor and are limited to an occasional facial hair or acne in women prone to it, and this can often be avoided with natural support from Dr Hoffman's hormone repletion programs.
So if you are one of those women who does not seem to be doing well on the pregnancy based hormones, testosterone may be the answer for you.
If you are interested in learning more about Dr Hoffman's cutting edge Hormone Support programs, call: 707-292-8882
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