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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. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Nearly two-thirds of the United States population is overweight. There are many ways to determine if a person is overweight, but experts believe that a person's body mass index (BMI) is the best way to assess an adult's weight in relation to their height. * A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal. * Adults with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight. There are exceptions. For example, an athlete may have a higher BMI but not be overweight. * Adults with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese. * Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 are considered extremely obese. * Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight is considered morbidly obese. A person with a high BMI may have a normal amount of body fat is they have ...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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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 am a female in my 20's 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 20's 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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Im 34 yrs old and having severe ingown hair under my chin... Im overweight and my hormone is imbalance since i was a teenager?

Im  34 yrs old and having severe ingown hair under my chin... Im 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 an 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

Dr. Peter Ihle
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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