Hormones function as messengers between body systems to regulate everything from metabolism to tissue function to reproduction and mood. That is, hormones tell your body whether you are hungry, stressed, sleepy or feeling a little frisky. Hormones also play a big part of muscle loss and fat storage.
So the reason why you are gaining weight might have to do with a hormonal imbalance. Of course, a hormonal imbalance can wreak havoc on a number of body functions as any woman suffering hot flashes will readily agree. However, the hot flashes you suffer due to a hormonal imbalance won’t cause as many health problems as the added weight will.
Hormone replacement therapy at Northern Colorado Laser and Skin in Greeley will help alleviate the symptoms of hormonal imbalance. This means it could help you lose weight. And even if you don’t think dropping a little weight is that big of a deal, here are some benefits of losing just 10 pounds.
Reduced Risk of Dementia
The abdominal fat that surrounds your internal organs contains cells that release an inflammation-causing chemical in your body that causes memory loss and increases your chances of developing dementia. Losing just 10 pounds lowers this risk.
In addition, high cholesterol and high blood pressure can increase the likelihood you will develop Alzheimer’s disease.
Detoxify Your Body
As fat builds up around your kidneys and liver, these critical organs will have a harder time detoxifying your body. And if you haven’t guessed it by now, losing weight will help solve this problem. This is one of the reasons why people who lose just 10 pounds feel better.
Lower Your Cholesterol
If you ask around, you are likely to find a few friends and family members who take medication to lower their levels of bad cholesterol. In fact, nearly 30 percent of American adults take prescription medications to control their cholesterol. But you can control your cholesterol naturally by losing just 10 pounds.
Lower Your Blood Pressure
Multiple studies have shown that losing just 10 pounds will lower your blood pressure. Pair your weight loss with a walk to the park a few times a week and you can lower your blood pressure naturally without the need for drugs.
As we age, you want healthy joints so trips up and down the stairs don’t cause pain. Excess weight puts a lot of added stress on your joints and could lead to painful conditions. Losing just 10 pounds can decrease the likelihood of osteoarthritis by more than 50 percent.
Improved Sex Life
This is pretty straightforward. When you lose weight, even just 10 pounds, you have a more positive body image which makes you feel better about yourself and about sex as well.
Studies show that people who lose 10 pounds feel more attractive and are more comfortable about letting their partners see them in various states of undress.
If you are having a difficult time falling asleep at night or can’t stay asleep through the night, losing 10 pounds might change that. Losing just 10 pounds can help you fall asleep at night and sleep soundly until morning.
Reduced Risk of a Heart Attack
We mentioned before how weight loss lowers blood pressure and lowers bad cholesterol. It just so happens that both of these conditions are linked to heart health. This means that losing just 10 pounds will help reduce the risk of a heart attack.
Reduced Risk for Cancer
Though the reasons remain unclear, obesity has been linked to an increased risk of cancer. The risk of many types of cancers declines when you lose weight.
Take Fewer Medications
It’s always a good thing when you are able to get through life taking fewer medications. In addition to the money you save, many prescription medications have harmful side effects.
There is a very good reason why life insurance companies ask about your weight. It is because there is a correlation with how much you weigh and how long you live. Long-term studies have shown that severe obesity can shorten your lifespan by as much as 10 years. Even being just a little overweight can shorten your lifespan by as much as three years. All the more reason to lose just 10 pounds.
Optimizing your hormones help you regulate energy, mood and weight. Contact Northern Colorado Laser and Skin for more information about hormone replacement therapy.