Less Horones_0Belly fat, love handles, man boobs, back fat, and muffin tops are some of the biggest hormones and weight complaints from aging men and women. A healthy diet and consistent fitness routine was once a sure fire recipe to keep the pounds off; until right around that 40th birthday when estrogen and testosterone start saying bye-bye!  It’s a fact, losing hormones each and every day is part of the aging process and with that comes increased chances of chronic diseases; including obesity.

“A common complaint I hear from men and women is their fitness routine is no longer keeping the pounds off and no matter how hard they diet and exercise; they continue to gain weight, ” says Dr. Paul Savage, Ageology CEO and hormone therapy expert. “When this occurs; it could mean their bodies are no longer producing the necessary levels of hormones needed.

Weight Gain and Hormonal Imbalance in Women

If you are stressed with PMS, panicked with perimenopause or rocked with menopause, fluctuating estrogen levels can impact how your body holds onto fat. Yo-yo dieting and restricting calories can trigger irritability, depression, and mood swings — all common symptoms of hormonal imbalance.  Hot flashes and night sweats can cause sleep problems which can also lead to weight gain by affecting one’s “satiety” hormones, otherwise known as the hormones that signal when you’ve had enough to eat.

“It’s a vicious cycle,” notes Dr. Savage. “Many women find themselves on a treadmill of diet and exercise that ends up going nowhere because their hormones are depleted, they are basically running on EE – “estrogen” empty.”

Weight Gain and Hormonal Imbalances in Men

Hormone imbalance is a common problem that men face today in the bedroom and the boardroom.  Many men start showing symptoms of hormone imbalance as early as age 40. Symptoms can include loss of sex drive, erectile dysfunction, loss of focus, muscle and bone loss, and weight gain. The imbalance is usually caused by decreased production of testosterone, a result of aging. Hormone balance for men, especially testosterone is crucial to avoiding or reversing symptoms that lead to chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease.

Belly Fat and Hormones

It is estimated that more than fifty percent of adults carry extra belly fat and according to Dr. Mehmet Oz, belly fat is one of the first signs of diabetes.  Extra belly fat can indicate hormonal imbalances including: high estrogen, low testosterone, low DHEA (a hormone of the adrenal glands), high insulin and/or high cortisol.  Abdominal fat also sets a risky stage for aging, increasing the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

“Today’s men and women are progressively taking charge of their health and in order to do so effectively; it is important to understand the role hormones play,” Dr. Savage noted. “Studies show that a healthy lifestyle that includes maintaining a healthy weight will increase the chances for longevity, vitality and a dramatic reduction in both morbidity and premature mortality.

So how can you lose it in 2013 and shed the excess baggage in the belly, hips, waist and thighs? Call 312/255-9763 or visit http://www.ageology.com/  to reach an Ageology physician today and start weighin in to your health for 2013.

The Stats

– Obesity is consistently, powerfully associated with the risk of chronic disease.

CDC is projecting that by mid-century, up to 1 in 3 Americans will be diabetic, due almost entirely to epidemic obesity

– Higher serum free testosterone concentration in older women is associated with greater bone mineral density, lean body mass, and total fat mass http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21289255