Weight gain can be indicative of other health issues.
Which hormonal conditions commonly cause weight gain?
PCOS is associated with insulin resistance resulting in elevated blood glucose levels and fat storage. Weight gain is not only a symptom of PCOS but is also known to aggrevate it further.
Too little thyroid hormone decreases metabolism and causes weight gain. Similarly, weight loss occurs when there is for too much thyroid hormone.
Too much of the hormone Prolactin hampers our body’s ability to metabolise fat and creates an imbalance in metabolism by affecting the production of other hormones.
Other factors related to weight gain
A deficiency of Vitamin D has been known to be associated with total fat and fat deposits around liver and abdomen.
There is evidence that medicines such as antidepressants, OCPs, anti-diabetic drugs and steroids can potentially lead to weight gain.
Food and Lifestyle
Consuming high-calorie or high-fat foods or not working out for a minimum of 150 minutes per week may cause weight gain
At-home hormonal blood tests
Many women who are diagnosed for PCOS, hypothyroidism or hyperprolactinemia later come to know that more than one of these correlated health conditions have been causing their weight gain.
Instead of going by a trial and error approach by taking individual hormonal tests, you can now take a single comprehensive test to zero in on the root cause for your weight gain.
This test determines levels for various hormones in your body that are responsible for weight gain and are clear indicators of PCOS, Hypothyroidism or Hyperprolactinemia.
What Hormones do we test?
Follicle Stimulating Hormone(FSH)
FSH is mainly responsible for the growth and maturation of the follicle that releases an egg in a menstrual cycle. Any abnormalities in the level of this hormone is indicative of PCOS which may cause weight gain.
Luteinizing hormone (LH) stimulates the ovaries to release an egg and start producing progesterone. Insufficient levels of this hormone can be indicative of PCOS and be the reason of weight gain.
High levels of testosterone in women’s body may worsen insulin resistance and may cause fat deposits in the abdominal area.
Estrogen is required for proper follicular growth and development. This hormone is tested to eliminate PCOS as the cause of weight gain.
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone(TSH)
An imbalance in this hormone signifies insufficient secretion of thyroid hormones, which leads to a decreased metabolism and fluid retention in the body and causes weight gain.
High levels of Prolactin impairs the normal production of the hormones by altering or stopping ovulation. This is also an important indicator of hyperprolactinemia which may cause weight gain.
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