Endocrine Causes of Weight Gain – Weight Loss Endocrinologist Randwick
If you have been struggling to lose weight and have tried other methods without success, seeing one of our endocrinologists may be a good option. They can help you address any underlying hormonal imbalances or endocrine disorders that may be contributing to your weight gain. If you have any endocrine issues it can make losing weight extremely hard, if not impossible.
What is the Endocrine System?
The endocrine system is a complex network of glands and organs that release hormones into the bloodstream. These hormones act as chemical messengers that help regulate various bodily functions, including metabolism, growth and development, mood, and reproduction.
The major glands of the endocrine system include the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, thyroid gland, parathyroid glands, adrenal glands, pancreas, and reproductive glands (ovaries in females and testes in males). These glands secrete hormones that control many physiological processes, such as blood sugar levels, calcium balance, and response to stress.
The endocrine system works closely with other systems in the body, such as the nervous system and immune system, to maintain homeostasis and keep the body in balance. When there is an imbalance in hormone production or release, it can lead to various endocrine disorders, such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, and adrenal insufficiency.
Conditions of the endocrine system can lead to obesity and weight-related issues by throwing off the body’s regular hormone balance. This can affect metabolism, appetite, and energy. For example, hypothyroidism, Cushing’s syndrome, and PCOS can cause a person to gain weight since hormonal imbalances lead the body to store more fat and burn fewer calories. In addition, some drugs used for treating endocrine problems may also cause weight gain as a side effect. Seeking medical attention and making lifestyle changes to address the underlying endocrine issue can help restore hormonal equilibrium and assist with managing a healthy weight. Our team of Endocrinologists at Randwick specialise in obesity and weight loss. Make an appointment today and start your journey to better endocrine help and weight management.
What is the Endocrinologist’s Role in Weight Loss?
Hormonal imbalances can have a significant impact on weight gain and difficulty losing weight. For this reason, endocrinologists who specialise in weight management can play a key role in helping patients achieve their weight loss goals. Often underlying endocrine issues go unaddressed for many years, leaving people struggling to lose weight. This not only impacts their physical health but their psychological health as well.
There are a number of ways that an endocrinologist can help with obesity and weight loss and will use a variety of techniques to evaluate and treat obesity which include blood tests, physical exams and medical history reviews. One way our Endocrinologists help to treat obesity is by prescribing anti-obesity medications. These medications help to reduce the number of calories that you eat and help to keep your body weight in check. Some of the most common anti-obesity medications are called “slimming drugs”, and they work by decreasing the amount of fat that is stored in your body. Other ways that an endocrinologist can help with obesity and weight loss are by providing lifestyle advice and treatment for conditions that can cause obesity, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Obesity is a problem that affects people worldwide and is now considered a global epidemic. According to the World Health Organization, more than 1.2 billion people globally are overweight, and more than 650 million are obese. In 2017 -18, two-thirds of Australians were overweight or obese (12.5 million people), which means they have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30. Obesity increases your risk for a number of health problems, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, some types of cancer, and osteoarthritis.
Losing weight is never easy, but it is made much harder when there are endocrine disorders impacting results.