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The Facts About Weight Gain and Aging

As we age, there are natural changes that occur to the way the body systems are controlled. In some cases, the target tissues can become less sensitive to their controlling hormone, while the number of hormones produced by the body can also decrease.

Hormones such as estrogen and testosterone decrease as we age, causing a variety of symptoms, including weight gain and can have significant effects on the mind, body, and sexual functions.

Effects of “Low T” in Men

As men age, their testosterone levels decrease during male menopause, also known as andropause. Low testosterone levels can cause an increase in body fat, especially visceral belly fat. Other symptoms of low t in men include but are not limited to:

  • Low energy
  • Irritable, depressed mood
  • Decreased lean muscle mass and strength
  • Joint and back pain
  • Inability to maintain focus

Symptoms of Low Estrogen in Women

Women also experience a decrease in hormones as they age, specifically in their estrogen levels during menopause/perimenopause. This decrease in estrogen can increase body fat, especially belly fat in women, and can also cause symptoms such as:

  • Hot flashes
  • Mental fog
  • Mood swings, irritability
  • Night Sweats
  • Insomnia
  • Decreased muscle tone

In women, a decrease in estrogen can also reduce a woman’s exercise tolerance, making it more difficult to lose weight.

How Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy Can Alleviate These Symptoms

Both men and women suffering from a hormone deficiency can benefit immensely from bio-identical hormone replacement therapy to help alleviate these symptoms. Bio-identical hormones replicate the exact molecular structure of the hormones made by your body.

Bio-identical hormones are more effective than other treatments because they assimilate in the body the same as if the organs had produced them. When these hormones are used to replace depleted testosterone or estrogen, it can help turn back your body’s clock to a more youthful period in your life.

At Midwest Hormone Centers, our medical staff will work closely with you to develop a customized treatment plan and make the appropriate adjustment to optimize the patient’s blood chemistry.