Lose Weight with Hormone Replacement Therapy
As we age, our bodies undergo natural changes that can affect our quality of life. One of the challenges many of us face is the inability to control or lose weight as we get older. It’s simply a fact of life.
Aging and Weight Loss
After the age of 40, losing weight can be difficult. Often we find ourselves facing weight-related health problems, or perhaps you were out of commission as you recovered from a procedure over a period of weeks or months and you’ve gained a few pounds after your exercise routine was interrupted.
While the reasons it can be so difficult can vary from person to person due to genetics, other factors can play a role in making it difficult to shed those pounds. Reduced metabolism as we get older is a major factor, as well as changes in hormone levels related to weight. This is particularly true for women going through menopause although men also complain of the sudden onset of “dad-bod,” muscle loss and energy issues.
Lifestyle-related factors can also play a role. Older women and men may be under more stress and may not have the time, or be physically able to exercise the way they did when they were younger. This can affect the ability to lose weight. For many, a viable alternative that can aid in weight loss and reduce many of the symptoms of aging may be hormone replacement therapy.
What is Hormone Replacement Therapy, or HRT?
Hormone replacement therapy is a way to address hormonal imbalances in your body to correct deficiencies that may occur as you age. There are several different types of HRT therapy available to men and women that can address issues like sleep, concentration, sexual desire, regulating moods, and weight loss.
Because everyone is different, before beginning treatment, it’s important to measure your current hormone levels in order to create a customized, comprehensive course of treatment. Depending on your individual needs, hormones are typically administered through intramuscular injection or the implantation of a time-release pellet that gradually introduces hormones into the system. In some instances, hormones may also be available as a pill, patch or topical cream.
Some hormones that can be administered during treatment to help you lose weight include:
- • Testosterone– Testosterone levels gradually decline as we age. Both men and women have testosterone in their bodies, of course, men have higher levels. Testosterone HRT can improve and maintain bone density and fat distribution, red blood cell production and aid in the burning of fat, and the development of muscle.
- • Semorelin– Sermorelin Therapy provides excellent benefits for the overall health of patients undergoing replacement therapy including improving general wellness, and aiding in weight loss. It can directly improve both lean muscle growth and weight loss.
- • DHEA– Produced by the adrenal gland, DHEA levels beginning dropping when we’re in our 30s. A number of studies have revealed that DHEA supplements can improve the skin, treat osteoporosis, and aid in weight loss.
- • Estrogen and Progesterone – As women enter menopause their bodies stop producing these key hormones. Replacement therapy can not only ease the symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes and night sweat, when used in combination, Estrogen and Progesterone can also aid in the prevention of osteoporosis, and help aid and regulate weight loss.
Hormone replacement therapy is a viable treatment that can help to ease the effects of aging in both men and women including weight loss. Before starting any HRT, it’s important to meet with your doctor to discuss the options available as well as the benefits and potential side-effects of treatment.