When overweight is caused by a hormonal problem

Many are the people who, at least at some time in their lives, have stated that their overweight or obesity it is not a problem derived from itself bad habits feed and the practice of a more or less sedentary life .


Not in vain, in medical consultations, or nutrition and diet , patients tend to argue this question, because they prefer to "blame" the hormones from his over weight , far from reconsidering and being aware that, in a certain sense, they must change their habits of life.

However, in cases of obesity or overweight that could be caused or caused by hormonal cause, they are limited to no more than 5% of cases.

Hormonal disorders that can cause weight gain

There are mainly two hormonal disorders well-known that yes they can get to generate an increase of weight. And it is that the substances that can have certain incidence on the alimentary ingestion are multiple.

Here we summarize what these two hormonal disorders are:

  • Decreased functioning of the thyroid gland .
    This problem can generate a certainly moderate increase in weight, around 6 or 7 kg. in general. There are some symptoms that can help identify it, such as constipation, less perspiration than normal, drier skin, chronic anemia, increase in cholesterol unjustified, lack of energy, depression , decreased attention span ...
    With regard to weight gain, this can be identified if, for example, we maintain an active physical life and a healthy and balanced diet, and yet we gain weight without apparent justification.
    After the diagnostic stage, the hormonal problem is treated with a medication as simple as economic.
  • Cushing's syndrome .
    Unlike the decrease in the functioning of the thyroid gland, Cushing's syndrome is another hormonal disease that appears accompanied by obesity, although less common.
    In this case, instead of the thyroid gland, what increases the weight are the adrenal glands, which produce an excess of glucocorticoids.
    The disease occurs with a localized weight gain , especially on the face (what is called the "moon face"), neck, abdomen, and thorax. However, thin legs and buttocks are present, which do not correspond to the upper half of the body. It may also appear hypertension or a increase in blood glucose .

More information | How weight affects the thyroid gland (PDF)

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