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.

Lifestyle, metabolic, and hormonal changes are some of the 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 and semaglutide (most commonly known as the diabetic medication Ozempic® and the weight loss drug Wegovy®) at our locations in Baton Rouge and Metairie address many of these concerns.

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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How Semaglutide Can Help With Weight Management 

Semaglutide is the active ingredient in Ozempic and helps people with diabetes manage their insulin. This medication mimics natural hormones in your body that slow your digestion and make your stomach feel fuller, helping to suppress your appetite. Semaglutide, when taken once weekly, has shown to reduce your initial body weight by almost 15%.

Benefits of Semaglutide Treatment

Semaglutide helps you manage your weight more effectively by achieving the following:

  • Helping you feel satiated longer 
  • Slowing the release of food through your digestive system 
  • Suppressing feelings of hunger 
  • Helping you adhere to a low-calorie diet 

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 semaglutide for weight management and reversing 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/

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