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A 21-year-old female asked:

If i gain weight with exercise that will increase my estrogen level same amount as if i gain weight without exercise?

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Dr. Mary David
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: If you gain weight with exercise, you are adding muscle. If you gain weight without exercise, you are adding fat. All steroid hormones are ultimately converted to estrogen in fat tissue and that can increase your estrogen level. Hope this helps.

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Last updated Aug 7, 2015

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