Hormones & Weight Management

Hormones, Thyroid, & Weight Management


Weight gain & obesity affect 69% of us. Testing can reveal whether hormones are the root cause of your weight gain. Many know that maintaining an ideal weight is difficult despite the best efforts with diet and exercise. What most don’t know is that an undetected hormone imbalance can be the missing link – sabotaging our hard work to stay slim.

What’s the Connection?

Hormones are key players in regulating weight, metabolism, blood sugar, insulin, and when and where the body stores fat. As we age, shifting hormones trigger numerous symptoms of imbalance – including unexplained weight gain.





Hormones & Weight Management


  • HORMONES & WEIGHT MANAGEMENT How Hormone Imbalance Leads to Weight Gain
  • DC reports over third of American adults are obese
  • Highest prevalence in women & men over 40
  • Diet & exercise are critical
  • HORMONES also play a significant role
  • Learn 5 KEY WAYS that hormones affect weight
  • Chronic stress triggers blood sugar imbalances & weight gain – belly fat in particular
  • Excesses of estrogen & cortisol inhibit thyroid function, leading to stalled weight loss
  • Chronically elevated insulin levels pave the way to Type 2 diabetes
  • Vitamin D deficiency is linked to increased abdominal fat
  • Too much estrogen relative to progesterone makes it tough to lose those last 10-20

Common hormone-related causes of weight gain often involve the following scenarios:


An Epidemic In 2010 the US was ranked as the world’s fattest developed nation, and the latest data out of the CDC reports over a third of American adults obese – with the highest prevalence among men and women over 40 years old. It is not a coincidence that this is the age when people start to see the impacts of hormonal imbalance. Providers can help by addressing the hormonal connection to obesity to help patients manage their weight and reduce related disease risks.

B12 injections can be used for a variety of health purposes:



  • • Estrogen & Progesterone Imbalances
  • • Low Testosterone or DHEA
  • • High Cortisol
  • • Low Cortisol
  • • Vitamin D3 deficiency
  • • High Insulin
  • • High TSH
  • • High HbA1c


Biocore’s Weight Management Profile identifies hormonal imbalances that contribute to obesity, weight gain and difficulty losing or sustaining a healthy weight. Used as a screening tool, the profile also serves as a powerful early indicator of insulin resistance and risks for metabolic syndrome and diabetes.

What is Included in the Profile?


• Estradiol (E2)
• Progesterone (Pg)
• Testosterone (T) and DHEA-S (DS)
• Cortisol (C)
• Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
• Vitamin D (D2, D3)
• Fasting Insulin (In)
• Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c)





HORMONE BALANCE: The Key to Health

Hormones are secreted into the bloodstream by these glands. From there, they travel to all parts of the body playing the role of chemical messengers turning specific target tissues on or off. Because they can’t be stored in the cells, hormones do their work as they pass through and then they’re gone. As a result, hormones must be made and released at the precise time they’re needed. To keep things functioning at their best, the body must constantly fine-tune hormone release to keep levels within proper limits.

Hormonal links to weight gain.


The Biocore Weight Management Profile allows our clinicians to identify specific hormone imbalances associated with excess weight gain or obesity, vitamin D deficiency, and hypothyroidism in our patients. As a risk assessment panel, it allows for early detection of insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes.

The comprehensive test report is designed to help us recommend effective treatments to rebalance hormone levels, address vitamin D and thyroid deficiencies, reduce overall risk for metabolic syndrome, and potentially avoid the onset of type 2 diabetes.


Who Benefits from Profile Testing?


Menopausal women/andropausal men with unexplained weight gain, obesity, abdominal fat, high BMI (body mass index), hypometabolism. Commonly related symptoms include loss of lean muscle, increased appetite and/or sugar cravings, chronic stress, and low thyroid symptoms.

Does Hormone Imbalance Contribute to Weight Gain?


If you cannot figure out why you are gaining weight or can no longer shed pounds easily like you used to – despite your best efforts to eat right, exercise, and take your vitamins every morning – you might be walking around with a hormone imbalance that has you hardwired to put on pounds.

Even when we think we’re being healthy, hormonal triggers to unwanted weight gain are too often neglected or overlooked. Testing can help you find the answer. But in the meantime, let’s boil this down to the collective wisdom on eight big culprits behind unwanted weight gain.

THYROID IMBALANCE?


30 million adults suffer from thyroid imbalance. Don’t let dysfunction go undiagnosed.

The thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland that sits behind and below the Adam’s apple. A wide range of factors from hormone imbalances to mineral deficiencies and environmental pollutants can interfere with thyroid production, leading to health problems.

Dysfunction is Notoriously Under-Diagnosed


The American Thyroid Association estimates that as many as 60% of people with thyroid disease are not aware of it. Statistics show that women are seven times more likely than men to develop thyroid problems, facing as much as a one in five chances of developing a problem particularly during the peri-menopause years when hormones start to fluctuate.

Thyroid disease or dysfunction can explain a wide variety of symptoms. Do these sound familiar?

Hypothyroidism


  • • Weight gain or inability to lose weight despite exercise and diet
  • • Feeling cold all the time (when others don’t)
  • • Low energy and stamina, especially in the evening
  • • Memory lapses or slow/fuzzy thinking
  • • Dry, thinning, itchy skin
  • • Dry or brittle hair and nails
  • • Hair loss
  • • Irregular bowel habits
  • • Menstrual irregularities
  • • Sudden or significant weight loss
  • • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • • Nervousness or irritability


Levels of key thyroid hormones can indicate whether there is a thyroid imbalance.


URINE HORMONES & ESTROGEN METABOLITES Testing:


Hormones that don’t break down properly in the body can increase the risk for certain cancers – like breast cancer. Urinary hormone metabolites testing provides a unique diagnostic view that no other hormone testing offers. Because it assesses both parent hormones and their corresponding metabolites, it reveals how the body is breaking down key hormones like estrogens, progestogens, androgens, cortisol and melatonin.

This testing gives insight into whether we are fully detoxifying our hormones, which is important because some hormones can be carcinogenic if they don’t break down properly – leaving us more at risk for a variety of diseases, like cancer.

Why the Focus on Estrogen Metabolism?
A growing conversation in the medical community centers on estrogen metabolism and the risk for hormone-driven cancers. With every published study, there is increasing evidence that the amount of estrogen we make and how our bodies process (metabolize) this estrogen has significant implications for cancer risk. In women, this is breast cancer. In men, it’s prostate cancer

Measuring hormone levels, as well as the resulting by-products (metabolites) is a simple, non-invasive way to better understand our risks.
When is it a good idea to consider urinary hormone metabolite testing?
In cases where someone has:

We offer the Most Complete Urine Hormone Testing


While other clinics offer similar testing, Biocore hormone testing is the most complete available.
More Tests:
With 44 unique markers, BioCore’s urine hormone profiles are more comprehensive than any other lab’s.
More Estrogens:
Our test assesses a total of 13 estrogens, including 2-Methoxy and 2-Hydroxy, 4-Hydroxy and 4- Methoxy and 16a-Hydroxy estrogens. We test more 4-Hydroxy metabolites than any other lab.
More Androgens:
Assesses a total of 8 androgens, which is more than most clinics offer.
BPA:
One of few clinics to include an assessment of BPA in its urine hormone testing.
Diurnal Cortisol:
Our test provides diurnal patterns for both cortisol and cortisone, which help get to the root of stress-related issues. It’s also ideal for those unable to collect a saliva sample for diurnal cortisol.
Diurnal Melatonin: The only lab to include a diurnal pattern for melatonin, which helps evaluate sleep-related issues.

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