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Hormonal and Metabolic Weight Gain Specialist in Boca Raton, FL

Hormonal and Metabolic Weight Gain often develops when your hormones and your metabolic system are not functioning properly. Your glands release essential hormones that are essential to a wide range of bodily functions, and interruption of those functions can result in a seemingly intractable type of weight gain.

To schedule your consultation with Florida’s top Hormonal and Metabolic Weight Gain specialist, complete the form below or call us at (754) 247-0122 today!

How Do I Know if My Weight Gain is Caused by Hormonal and Metabolic Factors?

Are your hormones, your metabolism, or other medical issues at the root of your weight gain? If you check any of the below statements, hormonal or metabolic imbalances may be making it difficult—or even impossible—for you to lose weight.

  • Even when I diet and exercise religiously, I can’t lose a pound (or I even GAIN weight)!
  • I just had a baby, and I can’t lose weight no matter what I do!
  • I’m 40+ and what used to work for me for weight loss isn’t making a dent!
  • I’m often too tired to exercise!
  • I’m hungry all the time and I never feel full!
  • I can’t seem to build—or even maintain—muscle anymore!
  • NOTHING I’m doing to lose weight seems to work!

Causes of Hormonal and Metabolic Weight Gain

What leads to Hormonal and Metabolic Weight Gain? There are several causal factors, but any one of these – or combination of these factors – can cause this particularly resistant form of weight gain:

  • Hormone Imbalances: Hormones—the chemical messengers that drive much of your metabolism, digestion, hunger, and feeling of fullness—are often at the root of why you can’t lose weight. Some hormone imbalances that get in the way include your adrenals and your sex hormones, such as progesterone and estrogen in women, or testosterone in men. However, even if tests show that your hormone levels are normal, you may still be suffering from Hormonal and Metabolic Weight Gain.
  • Thyroid disorders: Unexplained weight gain is one of the first symptoms of low thyroid hormone. Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s are two thyroid conditions linked to weight gain. When your thyroid hormone levels are low, your metabolism not only slows down, but you are less likely to burn fat stores for energy.
  • Low Growth Hormone: Growth hormone (GH) is a naturally occurring hormone that increases muscle mass and reduces fat mass, but levels decrease with age. Some studies have shown that overweight adults with growth hormone deficiency (GHD) are especially prone to visceral weight gain, especially in the abdominal area.
  • Insulin and Leptin Resistance: When your body stops paying attention to hormones, you can develop resistance. Insulin resistance makes blood sugar rise and causes weight gain—and Type 2 Diabetes. Leptin resistance makes your body very effective at storing fat—and less able to burn it…making weight loss that much harder.
  • Inflammation: When your gut is inflamed, it’s hard to get nutrients from your food, and even harder to burn fat and lose weight.
  • Nutritional Deficiencies: Being deficient in common nutrients like iron, Vitamin B-12, and Vitamin D, can make it nearly impossible to lose weight.

Who is at Risk for Hormonal and Metabolic Weight Gain?

Hormonal and Metabolic Weight Gain can impact anyone – regardless of their general health condition - at any age in either gender. However, there are specific medical and lifestyle factors that increase the chances of developing this condition. Hormonal and metabolic weight gain issues are more likely to develop:

  • During periods of hormonal change in women, such as after childbirth, during perimenopause (i.e., after age 40), and after menopause (normally after 50)
  • In men, as sex hormones drop, typically after age 50
  • When you don’t eat a healthy, balanced diet
  • When you have a sudden onset of trauma, severe injury, life crisis or disruption, or a major stressor in your life
  • When you have ongoing chronic stress, such as job, relationship, or family stress (stress and cortisol are particularly connected to abdominal weight gain

Other hormonal disruptors that can cause weight gain include: substance abuse or even certain prescription medications, exposure to environmental toxins, insufficient relaxation and sleep, chronic illness, or endocrine disruptors, especially in food.

Medical conditions that may lead to hormonal imbalance, metabolic disruption and weight gain include:

  • Insulin resistance
  • Thyroid hormone deficiency
  • Estrogen dominance
  • Androgen imbalance
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • PCOS
  • Growth hormone deficiency
  • Cortisol excess (e.g., Cushing’s Disease)
  • Leptin resistance
  • Prolactin excess
  • Pituitary insufficiency

Symptoms of Hormonal and Metabolic Weight Gain

Because hormones and metabolic processes are essential for proper functioning in a myriad of bodily processes, a wide range of symptoms could accompany Hormonal and Metabolic Weight Gain or perhaps none of these:

  • Fatigue
  • Muscle wasting or weakness
  • Development of excess abdominal and visceral fat
  • New (purple) stretch marks unrelated to pregnancy (associated with Cushing's disease, Marfan syndrome or extended use of corticosteroids where hormones are disrupted)
  • Acne
  • Hirsutism
  • Rounded face aka Moon Face
  • Impotence in men
  • Irregular or cessation of menstruation in women
  • Headaches
  • Vision issues
  • Other symptoms related to specific hormone deficiencies like thyroid goiter, for example

Diagnosing Hormonal and Metabolic Weight Gain

To properly diagnose Hormonal and Metabolic Weight Gain, we will take a complete medical history and conduct a comprehensive assessment of your symptoms, along with any necessary medical examination and testing.

If you are experiencing Hormonal and Metabolic Weight Gain, our goal is to uncover the source of your weight gain, so that we can effectively diagnose and treat your condition. At Manhattan Integrative Medicine in Boca Raton, FL, we understand that the right hormone level testing is particularly important.

Treating Hormonal and Metabolic Weight Gain

The underlying cause of your hormonal and metabolic dysfunction must be addressed and corrected, so the course of treatment will vary with each individual patient. Primary treatment tools could include:

  • Stress management
  • Testing and optimizing hormone levels
  • Developing a medical nutrition plan to optimize hormonal and metabolic function
  • Targeted herbal, vitamin and mineral supplementation
  • Assessing environmental toxins or allergies, as well as food allergies and sensitivities
  • An individualized plan for healthy movement, appropriate for your physical condition

In recent years, glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor (GLP-1R) agonists have been shown to have particular success with Hormonal and Metabolic Weight Gain. These medications – like Trulicity, Ozempic, Wegovy and Mounjaro - are cardioprotective and can improve glycemic control as well as facilitate weight loss.

Growth hormone releasing peptides like CJC 1295 together with Ipamorlin can work together synergistically to elevate growth hormone secretion and safely achieve substantial weight loss. They not only can increase muscle mass but are especially helpful addressing visceral fat in the abdominal area.

If you are struggling with Hormonal and Metabolic Weight Gain, working with a doctor who understands the complexity of hormonal and metabolic dysfunction is critical. At Manhattan Integrative Medicine in Boca Raton, FL, we offer the most up-to-date testing and treatment for Hormonal and Metabolic Weight Gain so you reach healing and recovery from your Hormonal and Metabolic Weight Gain issues.

Your Manhattan Metabolism Weight Loss Action Plan and Results

Manhattan Metabolic Metabolism Weight Loss Program is a comprehensive medically-sound approach to help you get a fast, efficient, and super-charged “Manhattan Metabolism.” Our program finds—and eliminates–the common but often overlooked challenges that are getting in the way of ability to lose weight.

You will work with David Borenstein, MD, Florida’s leading integrative and functional medicine physician. Dr. Borenstein is an expert on metabolic and hormonal health.

The Manhattan Metabolic Weight Loss Program includes integrative treatment that resolves your weight gain by identifying and treating hormonal imbalances, calming inflammation, overcoming resistance issues, and addressing your nutrient deficiencies.

Once we’ve worked with you:

  • Your diet and exercise program will finally work!
  • You won’t have to live on 600 calories a day, or a diet of air and lettuce!
  • You’ll have a healthy metabolism!
  • You’ll feel and look great!

Metabolic Weight Loss Checklist

Do you want to know which tests should be included in an effective metabolic weight loss program? Do you want to know some of the practical things you can start doing TODAY—before you even formally start a metabolic weight loss program—to jumpstart your successful weight loss effort?

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Dr. David Borenstein is a top functional medicine practitioner in Florida who treats patients suffering from Hormonal and Metabolic Weight Gain. Because he recognizes that each patient requires a treatment regimen tailored to the individual health profile and specific symptoms, his approach is customized for you and your body. At Manhattan Integrative Medicine, there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to treating complex health conditions.

Compile your symptoms checklist and call Manhattan Integrative Medicine in Boca Raton, FL at (754) 247-0122 or contact us online.

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