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Lack of sleep can leave you feeling groggy and facing everything from concentration issues to headaches. However, did you know that not getting enough sleep could also lead to weight gain? Lack of sleep contributes to weight gain by triggering an imbalance in two important hormones that regulate appetite. Failing to get enough sleep can also lead to weight gain indirectly by exacerbating existing medical conditions. Continue reading to find out more about sleep problems and weight gain.
Leptin, Ghrelin, and Your Weight
Although many factors play a role in how much you eat, two hormones, called leptin and ghrelin, play central roles in controlling your appetite. Ghrelin is produced in your intestinal tract. It spurs hunger signals, thereby increasing your appetite. Leptin, which comes from fat cells, sends signals to your brain that you are full. When these hormones are balanced, your appetite generally stays in a range that is ideal for maintaining a healthy weight. However, when you lose sleep, this delicate balance is thrown off. Leptin levels fall, which means your brain doesn’t get the message that you’ve had enough to eat. Additionally, ghrelin levels increase, which means your feelings of hunger become more intense. The end result is that you are prone to eating more and gaining weight.
Other Sleep-Related Hormone Imbalances and Weight Gain
Leptin and ghrelin aren’t the only hormones that are disrupted by sleep loss. In some cases, hormone imbalances can trigger sleep disturbances, which in turn cause weight gain. For instance, if you have a thyroid issue, you may suffer from insomnia. Those lost hours of sleep can throw off leptin and ghrelin levels and lead to weight gain. Lack of sleep can also interfere with insulin levels, causing diabetic complications that impact your weight.
Don’t let hormone imbalances negatively affect your wellbeing. Make an appointment with West Hollywood hormone replacement specialist Gary London, M.D. and find out how hormone restoration can help you. Dr. London can help you reverse the signs of aging and reclaim your vitality. Schedule an appointment by calling (888) 385-3495.
Last updated 10 days ago
The hormonal changes women experience as they enter menopause tend to receive a lot of attention, but what about hormonal changes in men? Contrary to popular belief, it isn’t just women whose hormone levels decline with age. Whether you call it male menopause, andropause, or low T, falling hormone levels are very real for men as they get older.
Testosterone is one hormone that begins to decline in men with age, but it isn’t the only one. DHEA, thyroid, HGH, and pregnenolone levels may also fall. These hormone levels start dropping as early as the mid-20s, but most men don’t notice symptoms until they are in their 40s. These symptoms can include lack of muscle tone, weight gain, decreased libido, and fatigue. In general, men experiencing low hormone levels may feel run down and like age is catching up to them.
The good news is that you don’t have to accept feeling less than your best. Anti-aging expert Gary London, M.D. can help you with safe, effective hormone replacement therapy. Find out more by calling our Los Angeles office at (888) 385-3495.
Last updated 16 days ago
Cushing’s syndrome is a condition caused by the overproduction of a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol is produced by the adrenal glands and plays a crucial role in helping your body cope with stress. It also helps to regulate blood pressure, cardiovascular function, and how your body uses insulin to convert sugars to energy. Occasionally, Cushing’s syndrome is a side effect of glucocorticoid hormone therapy, but pituitary and adrenal tumors may also be to blame. Could Cushing’s syndrome explain your symptoms? Here is what you need to know.
Who Gets Cushing’s Syndrome?
Cushing’s syndrome can affect anyone, but it strikes adults between the ages of 20 and 50 most often. Men and women are both vulnerable to getting Cushing’s. However, the condition is rare—each year, an estimated 10 to 15 people out of one million are affected by Cushing’s syndrome.
What Are the Symptoms of Cushing’s Syndrome?
People with Cushing’s syndrome tend to have upper body obesity and very round faces. They often have accumulations of fat around their necks and on their upper backs. By contrast, the legs may become thinner. Women with Cushing’s syndrome may experience irregular menstrual cycles, while men may suffer infertility and a lack of libido. Cushing’s syndrome can also cause stretch marks and easy bruising. Symptoms for Cushing’s syndrome vary, and not all patients experience all symptoms.
How Is Cushing’s Syndrome Treated?
Treatment for Cushing’s syndrome depends on the cause. When glucocorticoid hormone therapy is to blame, doctors usually taper the dosage until patients are off the glucocorticoids and then reintroduce the hormones on every other day to reduce susceptibility to Cushing’s. If adrenal or pituitary tumors are to blame, removing the tumors usually resolves the Cushing’s syndrome symptoms.
Hormone imbalances, especially as you age, can leave you facing fatigue, weight gain, mood swings, and more. To find out if your hormones are impacting your wellbeing, contact Gary London, M.D. With simple tests and hormone replacement therapy, we can restore your vigor so you can get back to enjoying your life. To learn more about hormone replacement therapy or to make an appointment, please call our West Hollywood practice at (888) 385-3495.
Last updated 1 month ago
Are you looking for a good beverage to toast your good health? Consider green tea. Green tea drinkers get many health benefits with every sip. Swap your usual beverage for green tea and tap into some of the amazing health properties for yourself.
The reason green tea is so good for you is that it is rich in plant compounds called catechins. Research has shown that catechins are better at preventing oxidative cell damage than vitamins C and E. Further studies have indicated that green tea can reduce your odds of getting skin, breast, bladder, lung, colon, and esophageal cancers. Green tea may also boost good cholesterol, prevent bad cholesterol from oxidizing, and help your arteries function effectively. To reap all of these benefits, aim to have about three cups of green tea daily.
Another investment in good health is hormone therapy. If your hormones are imbalanced, you may gain weight, have decreased muscle tone, and feel exhausted. Consult with Gary London, M.D. to find out how hormone therapy can support your optimal health. Make an appointment in our West Hollywood office by calling (310) 270-4500.
Last updated 1 month ago
Many people facing down 50 feel like they’re approaching a magic age where their health will begin to deteriorate. It doesn’t have to be like that. There are many positive steps you can take to ensure that age remains nothing but a number when it comes to your overall health. These steps include eating better and considering hormone therapy. The trick is to step up and get proactive about maintaining good health. To stay well at 50 and beyond, give these tips a try.
Clean Up Your Diet
Examine your eating habits. Are you wasting calories on foods that aren’t giving your body the nutrients it needs? Reduce the load of empty calories on your plate and replace them with foods that work for you. Dine on dishes that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids to help protect your heart health. Get plenty of protein to maintain your muscle tone. Eating well will help you maintain a healthy weight and offer a layer of protection against a long list of health problems.
Don’t use your age as a reason to sit on the sidelines of your life. As long as your doctor says it is OK for you to be active, you can get out there and get moving. Physical activity doesn’t have to be strenuous to have an impact on your health. If you enjoy running marathons, keep it up. However, a daily stroll after dinner can also boost your health and keep you feeling younger.
Consider Hormone Therapy
Skewed hormone levels are a common problem after age 50. While many people experience hormonal imbalances, not everyone seeks a solution. If you’re feeling sluggish, gaining weight, and seem to be losing muscle tone, don’t write your symptoms off as simple parts of aging. Have your hormone levels tested and talk to a doctor about hormone replacement therapy. The right hormone supplements in the right amounts can help you feel like yourself again.
If you’re interested in hormone therapy, a great place to start is with a free consultation with Gary London, M.D. Let Dr. London screen you for hormonal imbalances and prescribe a personalized hormone therapy plan for you. To learn more, call our West Hollywood office at (310) 270-4500.