Types of hormonal weight gain
- 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.
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.
- 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.
What can you do?
At-home hormonal blood tests
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