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Can being overweight affect your hormones?

Can being overweight affect your hormones?

Overweight & hormone: Absolutely. Many of the hormones in our body our steroid based which means that they are lipid soluble. Therefore, the amount of fat you have in your body can affect how your steroid based hormones work in your body. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Hormone (Definition)

A hormone (from greek ὁρμή, "impetus") is a chemical released by a cell or a gland in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the organism. Only a little amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. In essence, it is a chemical messenger that transports a signal from ...Read more


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Is it very common 4 overweight women 2 have periods lasting 9-14 days? Is bein overweight 1 of the top causes of imbalance of hormones?

Is it very common 4 overweight women 2 have periods lasting 9-14 days? Is bein overweight 1 of the top causes of imbalance of hormones?

Very common: Pcos may be present in up to 30% of women. It is a very common cause for weight gain, missed periods, infertility, hair growth, etc. It is best treated w/diet, exercise and weight loss. Metformin therapy can help restore normal menses and often fertility. Elevated prolactin can also cause the same problems. Check w/your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm about 80 pounds overweight. If I lose this weight will my body balance its hormones and will my facial hair decrease?

I'm about 80 pounds overweight. If I lose this weight will my body balance its hormones and will my facial hair decrease?

Iit should: A lot of the hormones you talk about are stored in fat cells, if you lose the weight from the fat cells and not from muscle mass- it should balance out. You need to do cardio work out and weight training- the weight training is to maintain and preserve, or even build up your muscle mass, as you lose weight. ...Read more

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I am a female in my 20s I have noticed my hair used to be much thicker as a child. My periods are normal is this a hormone issue? Not overweight

I am a female in my 20s I have noticed my hair used to be much thicker as a child. My periods are normal is this a hormone issue? Not overweight

Depends: Unlikely an estrogen/testosterone issue if your peroid is normal. Other causes of hair loss include malnutrition, irone deficiency or thyroid problem. You could have these check to see if they are abnormal. Ask your doctor for a blood test. Good luck. ...Read more

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Do I have a greater chance of gaining weight from hormonal birth control if I've been overweight in the past?

Do I have a greater chance of gaining weight from hormonal birth control if I've been overweight in the past?

Gaining weight: Hormonal birth control should not make you gain weight.
As I read your question you are no longer overweight — you can be pleased with yourself.

If I read it wrongly please add another question. ...Read more

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I'm 34 yrs old and having severe ingown hair under my chin... I'm overweight and my hormone is imbalance since I was a teenager?

I'm 34 yrs old and having severe ingown hair under my chin... I'm overweight and my hormone is imbalance since I was a teenager?

Stein Leventhal: What you describe may be due to stein-leventhal syndrome. See http://www.Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001408/ to see if you think this fits your condition. Diagnosis is made by blood and/or urine samples. You need an evaluation by a gynecologist or possibly an endocrine gynecologist. ...Read more

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Hi No PCOS, not diabetic and not overweight but taking metmorfin so I can get pregnant because my ANTI MULLERIAN HORMONE level is 0.93. Is this safe?

Hi No PCOS, not diabetic and not overweight but taking metmorfin so I can get pregnant because my ANTI MULLERIAN HORMONE level is 0.93.  Is this safe?

Its safe: B"sd
Metformin is remarably safe. It has anti-cancer properties, which may explain why diabetics taking metformin outlive non-diabetics not taking it. Since the AMH test has not been in routine use for many years, the levels considered to be “normal” are not yet clarified and agreed on by the experts. 0.98 low normal. Not sure how metformin fits in for you — but not dangerous. ...Read more

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Water retention question. No gluten allergy, retain 10+ in water daily. 35 yo female. 20 lbs overweight. Hormone imbalance? Not on birth control.

Water retention question. No gluten allergy, retain 10+ in water daily. 35 yo female. 20 lbs overweight. Hormone imbalance? Not on birth control.

See doctor: It is unusual to gain 20 lbs overnight even with severe failure in the heart, liver, or kidney. Consult an internist to get your evaluation started. ...Read more

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Started having periods at 13 & had irregular periods since, ranges from 30-90 days. Both ovaries usually have many cysts & I have an acne problem as well, but I always get normal hormone levels & never been overweight. No insulin resistance. PCOS?

Started having periods at 13 & had irregular periods since, ranges from 30-90 days. Both ovaries usually have many cysts & I have an acne problem as well, but I always get normal hormone levels & never been overweight. No insulin resistance. PCOS?

Irreg/menses:PCOS?: At 24, with cycles as described, ovarian cysts and acne, PCOS is certainly a possibility. Stress can also contribute to all of these findings. Consult your gyn provider, as low dose oral bc can regulate your cycle, and may resolve the acne and frequency of ovarian cyst formation. If this is true PCOS, low dose bcp use can also help prevent other problems which can occur later in life from PCOS. ...Read more

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Is diabitic type 2 is high risk pregnacy?what are risk assosiated with it?I am over weight have diabetes t2 under active thyriod and hormonal imbalanc

Is diabitic type 2 is high risk pregnacy?what are risk assosiated with it?I am over weight have diabetes t2 under active thyriod and hormonal imbalanc

High risk pregnancy: Hi. Yes pregnancy in diabetics is high risk. You need to very tightly control your blood sugar. Your high risk OB or endocrinologist will help you. If poorly controlled, fetal risk is increased in multiple ways (you have an OB...talk with her/him!). Don't blow this off! For your baby and yourself, be healthy and in control! ...Read more

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I've heard the day after pill can mess with your hormones, but would it still six months later?

I've heard the day after pill can mess with your hormones, but would it still six months later?

Please see your: Gynecologist for this. Would not expect a delay in effects of emergency contraceptives from taking it six months ago. ...Read more

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Is soy bad for women, but good to take when menopause starts? Is soy good for regular use for men or does it mess with their hormones, too?

Is soy bad for women, but good to take when menopause starts? Is soy good for regular use for men or does it mess with their hormones, too?

I don't believe it: I have seen nothing, despite twenty years of "pop" claims, to make me think that the phytoestrogens in soy, taken in normal quantities, are likely to alter one's hormonal milieu. There's a few guys with gynecomastia from massive ingestion (3 quarts of soy milk daily in one case). In the 1990s, with the many claims of fearful pollution by estrogenic chemicals, the militants were still eating tofu. ...Read more

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Could ovarian cysts mess eith your hormones?

Could ovarian cysts mess eith your hormones?

Ovarian cysts are...: Caused by hormonal imbalance in patients with polycystic ovarian syndrome. Other ovarian cysts are not. In pcos, free testosterone is elevated (decrease in sex hormone biding globulin) ; associated with hyperinsulinemia, which is caused by Insulin resistance. If you have non-pcos cysts, the answer is probably not! Pcos is part of metabolic syndrome! Hirsuitism is common in pcos, not other cysts. ...Read more

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I had a tuba pregnancy 4. Years ago I was wondering what do they do to my tunes do they tie them? And can it mess up my hormones?

I had a tuba pregnancy 4. Years ago I was wondering what do they do to my tunes do they tie them?  And can it mess up my hormones?

Ectopic pregnancy: I am not sure how your tubal pregnancy was handled. If they had to surgically intervene, they may have removed the tube if it was not reparable or they tied it together. Chances are that tube is not a working one, but the other one is. Tubal pregnancy and surgery on the affected tube doesn't affect your hormones. ...Read more

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I had my period early last month due to missing a pill can that mess my hormones up tremendously?

I had my period early last month due to missing a pill can that mess my hormones up tremendously?

Most Likely No: If you missed one pill and got your period early, I suggest the next month, try to take all the pills on-time. Your body will usually take 1-3 months to get back to normal and for the hormones to be controlled. ...Read more

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I got mono a little over 4 years ago now and have had severe acne ever since. Is there a possible correlation? Does mono mess up hormonal balance?

I got mono a little over 4 years ago now and have had severe acne ever since. Is there a possible correlation? Does mono mess up hormonal balance?

It's moot: There's no understanding why some people get acne and others don't, beyond that it's sometimes a marker for hormonal disturbances in women. If you've got severe acne, it's your right to have it treated effectively. I'm going to assume that you are using topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated and that you are not clear. Make an appointment with your personal physician now. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What will drinking soy protein powder do to a young female? Will it mess up hormones since there're chemicals, or will it give me curves/help gain weight

What will drinking soy protein powder do to a young female? Will it mess up hormones since there're chemicals, or will it give me curves/help gain weight

Soy protein: Despite all the internet claims, is just protein which will be broken down in your GI system and metabolized for calories -- just like anything else you eat or drink. If you eat more calories than you burn off, you will gain weight, but you con't tell your body where to deposit the fat -- so the curves may not end up where you want them to be. ...Read more

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I get nightmares every day I wish I didn't mess with hormones! Will using anti-androgen/testosterone blockers help?

I get nightmares every day I wish I didn't mess with hormones! Will using anti-androgen/testosterone blockers help?

Confusing question: Your question is not very clear... However, my best guess is that you a) took some testosterone and b) began having problems with nightmares and c) now have anxiety about these nightmares. If those assumptions are true. Consult with a md about weaning off the testosterone. If the nightmares persist there is a medication that might help (prazosin). ...Read more

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I had tubal pregnancy in 2009 could it mess with my hormones? I have been staying moody a lot and get hot flashes a lot.

no: The tubal pregnancy 4 years ago is not what is causing you to be moody. Certainly hormone fluctations can cause some symptoms, but not due to the tubal pregnancy 4 years ago. ...Read more

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Got my nexplanon replaced a month early 2 days ago. Was supposed to have my period soon. Will new hormones mess my cycle up?

Got my nexplanon replaced a month early 2 days ago. Was supposed to have my period soon.  Will new hormones mess my cycle up?

Nexplanon: Truly it really should not alter the pattern you established, but it may. Remember that with all progesterone only contraception, abnormal bleeding is the major side effect. This could be bleeding every day, no bleeding at all, anything in between. ...Read more

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Why am I growing hair on my mid upper back? I have been on psychiatric meds for 6 years and I think it's messing with my hormones. Hair is longer now

Why am I growing hair on my mid upper back? I have been on psychiatric meds for 6 years and I think it's messing with my hormones. Hair is longer now

Depends on med: Some psychiatric meds alter the tuberoinfundibular tract in the brain. This can alter hormonal activity and can cause various abnormal symptoms such as breast enlargement, breast secretion, etc. Other meds can have equally dramatic effects. You need to talk with a Board Certified Psychiatrist about your side effects. ...Read more

Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Overweight = a body mass index (BMI) between ...Read more