Low Estrogen — Weight Gain After Menopause
Low estrogen and weight gain are definitely associated with each other (for women, anyway).
(By the way, if you want to learn more about the symptoms of low estrogen in men, read our article here.)
For most women who have normal estrogen levels throughout life, this doesn’t really become an area of concern until menopause hits — however, some women do suffer from hormonal imbalances at younger ages for a variety of reasons, at which point estrogen replacement therapy may be appropriate.
Before I dive into how low estrogen and weight gain are related, I first want to talk about about hormones generally. While low estrogen can certainly cause weight gain in women, so can low testosterone. While high testosterone (probably) isn’t going to cause you to gain weight, it can cause a whole host of other issues that are just as bad, if not worse.
And just as too little estrogen can be a problem, so can too much estrogen. In fact, high levels of estrogen can cause weight gain too!
This is why it’s so critical to get all your hormone levels checked, to monitor them regularly, and to visit a medical provider who is going to keep a close eye on your levels and help you maintain normal hormone levels (normal for you and your body).
While low estrogen is certainly going to be a problem for you, it’s not going to do you much good to send your levels too high in the other direction — balance is critical.
Now, let’s talk a bit about low estrogen, weight gain, and menopause.
Low Estrogen and Weight Gain — Menopause Can Send Estrogen Levels Plummeting
I want to make it clear from the beginning that not all of this is set in stone — we still have a lot to learn about how hormones affect the body, and there are still gaps in our understanding of the processes that cause hormonal changes and fluctuations.
That being said, we can say with a reasonable amount of certainty that menopause causes some significant hormonal changes in a woman’s body, that those hormonal changes often result in drastically reduced levels of estrogen, and that, when it comes to low estrogen, weight gain is a very common result.
A review of the available literature concluded that it was low estrogen, and not menopause itself, that led to increased abdominal obesity following menopause.
To follow this to its logical conclusion, if hormonal changes are responsible, then low estrogen in any woman is going to lead to weight gain, and not just in women who have experienced menopause.
If you dig into that article I linked to above, you’ll see that they specifically point to low estrogen as a culprit, but other hormones are involved as well, including testosterone, which is something we often treat in women.
The treatment for weight gain associated with low estrogen or low testosterone is hormone replacement therapy.
Estrogen replacement therapy has long been understood as a remedy for women who are suffering from a variety of side effects following menopause, but what many women don’t know is that testosterone replacement therapy may also need to be added to the mix to properly balance hormone levels.
Fight Low Estrogen and Weight Gain — Learn More About Estrogen Replacement Therapy
If you’re struggling with the symptoms of low estrogen, you may be a candidate for estrogen replacement therapy.
It is possible, however, that your symptoms are the result of something other than your hormone levels, which is why we want to do a thorough evaluation before beginning treatment.
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