Types of hormonal weight gain

Hypothyroidism

  • The thyroid gland produces thyroid hormones (T3 and T4) when stimulated by the hypothalamus gland. 

 

  • Insufficient production of these thyroid hormones (T3 and T4) result in an “underactive thyroid” and a corresponding reduced metabolism.

 

  • A gain in weight (about 2 – 5 kgs)  may be experienced as a result of this “slow metabolism”. 

 

  • The extra weight gained is because the body stores excess salt and water.

 

  • Hypothyroidism may cause issues with fertility, complications in pregnancy and reduced kidney function if left untreated. 

Symptoms

PCOS(Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)

  • Approximately 50% of women suffering from PCOS deal with unwanted weight gain.

  • PCOS is a condition in which there is an imbalance in the reproductive hormones(predominantly Androgen, Estrogen and Progesterone) in a woman’s body.

  • Women whose mother or sister have PCOS have higher chances of having it themselves too.

  • PCOS is characterized by the presence of cysts on the ovaries.

  • It may cause issues in fertility, complications in pregnancy and risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart diseases such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Symptoms

Hyperprolactinemia

  • The prolactin hormone is primarily responsible for maintaining lactation in breast-feeding mothers.

  • Elevated levels of prolactin hormone in the body is known as hyper-prolactinemia.

  • Hyperprolactinemia affects the ability fat and sugar storing ability of the fatty tissues, which is then deposited in the blood and tissues.

  • It also affects the body’s metabolism adversely, thereby leading to an increase in weight.

  • Hyperprolactinemia may cause problems related to fertility and development of a pituitary tumour in extreme cases. 

Symptoms

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