Weight Gain and Hormone Replacement Therapy

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Weight gain is one of the symptoms associated with many hormonal conditions such as menopause, low testosterone level, and other hormone deficiencies such as thyroid hormones’ deficiencies. Many people think weight gain and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) are associated too. However, there is no evidence of that.

Testosterone Deficiency in Men and Weight Gain

Weight gain is associated with low testosterone levels in millions of men after 40 because the normal level of testosterone is essential to enhance metabolism. Therefore, if you started gaining weight and feel tired all the time, you may be experiencing the two main symptoms of testosterone deficiency.


Many studies confirmed that men with low testosterone levels have higher body fat than those with normal testosterone levels. 

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Besides, normal testosterone levels are crucial for many functions including mood, energy levels, libido, sexual performance, and more. The solution for these men is testosterone replacement therapy with testosterone gels, patches, or injections as a way to replenish the body with testosterone.

 

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Menopause and Weight Gain

Menopause happens when women no longer ovulate around the 40s and 50s. It occurs when estrogen levels start to decline and women stop ovulating.
During menopause, a lot of changes occur in the body including:

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These changes usually are associated with low self-esteem, depression, and sexual problems. Studies show that low estrogen levels have a direct influence on body fat distribution. Other factors including age, low physical activity, the number of children, and family history of obesity.

Most women believe that HRT and weight gain are related. However, menopausal hormone therapy (MRT) does not lead to weight gain. Studies show that MRT is associated with a low body fat percentage.

Within three months of MRT, the symptoms of menopause and low estrogen levels gradually disappear. Some women experience bloating and breast fullness during the first few sessions of treatment.


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Other Hormonal Imbalances and Weight Gain

Hormonal imbalance is one of the most common reasons for weight gain. If one of your hormones is not in balance, it may be hard to lose the stubborn fat and you may gain more over time.

For example, the thyroid gland produces three hormones; calcitonin, T3, and T4. These hormones enhance metabolism, regulate sleep and heart rate, and participate in the growth and mental development.
When the thyroid gland does not make the normal amounts of the previous hormones, it leads to hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is associated with many symptoms such as depression, low heart rate, and weight gain due to slow metabolism. 

Thyroid replacement therapy provides the body with adequate amounts of thyroid hormones enough to keep the metabolism normal, which prevents weight gain.


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Can HRT Cause Weight Gain?

There is no evidence that HRT can cause weight gain. Weight gain is usually a symptom of other hormonal problems.

If you are experiencing weight gain recently and you cannot get rid of this extra weight with diet and exercise, it is time to consult an expert and check if you might have a hormonal problem causing weight gain.

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