Weight Gain

Many men and women who, in their prime, never worried about weight problems are often surprised when they start gaining weight in their 40s and 50s. “Middle-age spread” can sneak up on individuals who may lose confidence and begin worrying about their health as their weight increases.

Hormonal changes are one of the indirect reasons for weight gain. Women, for example, tend to gain weight during perimenopause and menopause as their estrogen levels fall. It’s not the dip in estrogen that causes weight gain, but the conditions associated with lower levels of estrogen—slower metabolism, less energy, and disrupted sleep patterns—that lead to increased total body fat and abdominal fat.

The same logic applies to men going through “andropause,” a period when low testosterone levels lead to changes that include being less active. Hormone replacement therapy at our locations in Baton Rouge and Metairie addresses these symptoms that can cause weight gain. Women and men come to us from the New Orleans area and as far as Shreveport, LA, and Jackson and Hattiesburg, MS, to get help for their hormone-related weight issues.

Why Midlife Weight Gain Is Important

Weight gain and the change in body fat distribution that occurs at midlife are partly responsible for the greater risk of cardiovascular disease in postmenopausal women, compared to younger women with active ovarian function. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of mortality in postmenopausal women. Increased belly fat in men is also linked to heart disease and other health concerns.

Weight loss after age 50 certainly can be more challenging than earlier in life for both men and women, but it’s possible and can help you recapture the energy you felt in your youth.

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Can Hormone Replacement Therapy Help You Lose Weight?

Even though hormone replacement therapy isn’t used directly as a weight loss treatment, fat reduction can be one of the welcome side effects of HRT. By regulating women’s estrogen levels, HRT can help boost metabolism, increase muscle mass, and reduce body weight when combined with physical activity and a nutritious diet. Because testosterone helps support muscle mass, bone density, fat burning, and overall energy, boosting T levels can also help reduce weight.

Hormone replacement therapy helps lower weight because:

  • It helps your body function more efficiently so you retain less toxins and water
  • Your body absorbs more minerals to help improve fat burning
  • You feel more energetic, so you exercise and move around more

These effects, in turn, help to reduce fat and keep your weight down. Studies have linked hormone therapy for relieving menopausal symptoms with reduced body fat in older women who are also physically active.1 Researchers have also found that testosterone replacement therapy can support significant weight loss, reduced waist circumference, and BMI over the long term.2

If you want to learn more about hormone replacement therapy and how it can help you reverse the effects of aging, request a consultation at one of our clinics in the Baton Rouge area, serving women and men from Lafayette, New Orleans, and throughout Louisiana. Use the online form or call us at (225) 960-1580 to schedule an appointment.

  1. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/06/090610091230.htm
  2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25105998/