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Weight Gain - Stress and Adrenal Hormones

More and more women are coming to me frustrated because they have been killing themselves with exercise in an effort to lose weight, but to no avail. They tell me they hardly eat anything and that they eat healthy foods, exercise regularly but can't lose weight. They are frustrated , I've been right up there with them in my own weight loss endeavor and that is why I have done my research and found the answers to effortless weight loss!

Key points in this article:

  • Chronic stress elevates cortisol which can cause insulin resistance and insulin is a fat storage hormone, thus increase hunger, and promote fat storage.
  • Elevated cortisol makes you store fat around the belly.
  • Balancing cortisol will help you sleep better, have less hunger and lose weight.
  • Reducing your stress load with a customized nutritional program will help you take control of your life once again.

Often when I ask my patients if they have stress in their lives they usually reply with "who doesn't" but then ask me, "What does stress have to do with weight gain?"

My reply is ALOT. Stress effects your adrenal hormones. When your adrenal glands are overburdened many things happen. First of all, your body will not be able to eliminate heavy metals and toxins. Toxins are stored in the fat cells. The fat cells become enlarged and engorged with toxins making you tired, sluggish and depressed. The Adrenal glands regulate not only blood sugar, but sex hormones. It is the Adrenal glands that kick in when our sex hormones start to wind down. Having strong adrenals can make the difference in reduced symptoms during PMS, pre-menopausal or menopausal times. They actually produce sex hormones when you body slows down. Are you starting to get the picture?

The good news is that I can test your Adrenals, discover how serious the problem is and design a custom nutritional recovery program that will restore your adrenals to function properly. Your energy, sexual desire and sleep will return and weight will fall off without too much effort.

If you think that stress might be a contributing factor to your weight issues, then what are you waiting for? Schedule a Nutritional Consultation, get your adrenals tested and take control of your life back!

To read more about the Adrenal Hormone Profile click here

The adrenal glands secrete the hormone cortisol as a reaction to stress and in conjunction with sleep-wake patterns. One of the functions of cortisol is to trigger a glucocorticoid effect--helping the body produce blood sugar from proteins. Excess glucose is then used for lipogenesis (fat production). Thus, numerous research has linked over secretion of cortisol with obesity and increased fat storage in the body.1-4

Cortisol may also play a role in poor eating habits. Recently, researchers exploring eating disorders found that women who secreted higher levels of cortisol while under stress had a much greater tendency to snack on high-fat foods than did women who did not secrete as much cortisol in reaction to the same stressful event.5

In contrast, research shows that DHEA, another adrenal hormone, exhibits an anti-obesity effect by decreasing fat tissue, excess insulin, and food intake.5-7 Another study found that daily oral administration of DHEA to healthy men over a period of 4 weeks resulted in a 31% decrease in body fat and lowered cholesterol and low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels, without affecting other lipid parameters or glucose levels.8 Proper adrenal function is also necessary to convert the T4 to T3 (active thyroid hormone). Consequently, adrenal dysfunction can lead to hypothyroidism, lowered metabolic rate, and weight gain.

The Adrenocortex Stress Profile measures levels of both hormones DHEA and cortisol, providing a comprehensive picture of how adrenal imbalances may be influencing obesity and/or weight gain.Call to set up a nutritional consultation so that tests can be performed and a comprehensive strategy of lifestyle, dietary modification and nutrient supplementation can be implemented to aid you in reversing this disorder.

References

1 Miller JE, et al. Characterization of 24-h cortisol
release in obese and non-obese hyperandrogenic
women. Gynecol Endocrin 1994;8:247-254.
2 Maarin P, Darin N, Amemiya T, Andersson B, Jern S,
BjAorntorp P. Cortisol secretion in relation to body fat
distribution in obese premenopausal women.
Metabolism 1992;41(8):882-6.
3 Ljung T, Andersson B, Bengtsson BA, BjAorntorp P,
Maarin P. Inhibition of cortisol secretion by
dexamethasone in relation to body fat distribution: a
dose-response study. Obes Res 1996;4(3):277-82.
4 Pasquali R, Anconetani B, Chattat R, Biscotti M, Spinucci G, Casimirri F, et. al.
Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activity and its relationship to the autonomic nervous system in women with visceral and subcutaneous obesity:
Effects of the corticotropin-releasing factor/arginine vasopressin test and of stress. Metabolism
1996;45(3):351-6.
5 Women's high-fat snacking during stress due to hormones? Arizona Republic 1998;April 5:A3.6 Bird CE, Masters V, Clark AF.
Dehydroepiandrosterone and androsterone sulphates,
androstenedione and urinary androgen metabolites in normal young men and women. Clin Invest Med
1984;7:119-122.
7 Cleary MP, Zisk JF. Anti-obesity of two different levels of dehydroepiandrosterone in lean and obese middle-aged female zucker rats. Int J Obesity
1986;10:193-204.
8 Gansler T, Meller S, Cleary J. Chronic administration of dehydroepiandrosterone reduces pancreatic B-cell hyperplasia and hyperinsulinemia in genetically obese
zucker rats. Proc Soc Exp Biol Med 1985;180:155-162.

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Dr. Rispoli, Ph.D., L.Ac. has had a clinical practice for over 25 years. Her nutritional programs work because she is so thorough in testing and providing a nutritional approach. Remember that the body can heal itself if given the proper nutrients.

Call to set up a nutritional consultation so that tests can be performed and a comprehensive strategy of lifestyle, dietary modification and nutrient supplementation can be implemented to aid you in reversing this debilitating disorder and begin to live again.

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The information herein is not intended as diagnosis, treatment or a cure. Should you have a medical condition please seek the advice of your medical doctor.

 

Call to set up a nutritional consultation so that tests can be performed and a comprehensive strategy of lifestyle, dietary modification and nutrient supplementation can be implemented to aid you in reversing this debilitating disorder and begin to live again.

For an appointment with Dr. Rispoli, contact our office at: 818 707-3126 and visit our web site www.completehealthinstitute.com go to lab tests and click on appropriate test for more information about these Functional Laboratory Tests.

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Teresa Rispoli has her Ph.D. in Nutrition, is a licensed Acupuncturist, Master Herbalist, Certified Functional Nutritionist, has a Doctorate in Naturopathy and is a clinical researcher, and Licensed Esthetician. She has been in practice for well over 27 years. It is through her clinical practice that she has gained insights into chronic health conditions. If you are suffering from unexplained symptoms that come and go you owe it to yourself to find out why. Find out today call for a Nutritional Consultation with Dr. Rispoli.

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Remember that the body can heal itself if given the proper nutrients with the right environment and lifestyle.

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