10121025_mDid you know that suboptimal hormone levels increase the risk of obesity, diabetes and many other chronic diseases? If you’ve past your 40th birthday you may have noticed it’s not as easy to shed those unwanted pounds.  You may also have noticed that it’s much easier to gain those pounds!  Without taking action now, this is the beginning of a recipe for obesity. The numbers are staggering.

The CDC reports:

  • More than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) are obese.
  • Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death.
  • In 2008, medical costs associated with obesity were estimated at $147 billion; the medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.
  • Between 1988–1994 and 2007–2008 the prevalence of obesity increased in adults at all income and education levels.
  • The South had the highest prevalence of obesity (29.5%), followed by the Midwest (29.0%), the Northeast (25.3%) and the West (24.3%).
  • Obesity is common, serious, and costly. Approximately 72.5 million U.S. adults are obese. Obesity is a factor contributing to several leading causes of death, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and some types of cancer.
  • Recent estimates of the annual medical costs of obesity are as high as $147 billion. On average, persons who are obese have medical costs that are $1,429 more than persons of normal weight.
  • States vary widely in the percentage of their adults who are obese. In 2009, at least 30% of adults were obese in nine states, compared with no states in 2000.
  • Past efforts and investments to prevent and control obesity have not been adequate.
  • The federal government is intensifying efforts to address the problem through new initiatives such as the Let’s Move! Campaign, the Communities Putting Prevention to Work program, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

For women, the risk is enormous.  Standard Digital reportsthat women have a greater likelihood to become obese than their male counterparts.  There is a proven relationship between obesity and menopause.  Additionally, there is evidence that even premenopausal women, as young as 40, the age at which a woman’s ovaries begin to produce less estrogen, are at substantial risk for extreme weight gain. It is during this time that fat begins to accumulate on the upper body.  Fat that previously was evenly distributed throughout the body becomes concentrated to the areas around the waist, the abdomen and the back.

Dr. Paul Savage, CEO of Ageology, states “The effect of hormone imbalance on obesity (as well as overall health and quality of life) cannot be overstated as it is a condition that can and should be treated with bioidentical hormone therapy”.

For men, the prognosis is not much better.The Harvard Men’s Health Watch reports that obesity can lead to:

  • Less testosterone
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Fertility issues
  • Kidney stones
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate)

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.

But there’s hormonal hope!  A healthy, well-balanced diet combined with daily physical activity can combat obesity. For women and men, over 40, maintaining hormonal balance is crucial and can reduce the risk of obesity and its resulting chronic diseases.

How can you shed the excess baggage in the belly, hips, waist and thighs and achieve balanced hormones? Call 312/255-9763 or visit http://www.ageology.com/  to reach an Ageology physician today and weigh in to your health for 2013.