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04- Feb-2017

Top 5 Health Issues In Females That Lead To Weight Gain*

Top 5 Health Issues In Females
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Dt. Komal Mehta PGD in Dietetics

Women go through many changes in life at different stages of life. A major challenge today is weight gain. Every stage of women’s weight loss regime needs proper care, with focused attention to diet, medical and health concerns.

How often do we all wonder that we eat a balanced diet, exercise daily, drink enough water and sleep soundly? Despite following everything recommended for good health, why does the weight gain not halt? Let us delve a bit deeper. Usually, weight gain may be due to some underlying health condition. There are several medical health issues that lead to a gain in weight, especially for women.

  1. Hypothyroidism: An underactive thyroid gland produces less thyroid hormone, which is responsible for regulating metabolism. So, in spite of having a balanced diet and regular exercise, even seemingly healthy women can gain weight. Unexplainable weight gain is the number one sign of hypothyroidism, along with fatigue, weakness, constipation, and feeling cold. Low thyroid levels make it very difficult for women to lose weight. Weight loss can also be achieved when water retention, which is common with hypothyroidism, is countered.
  2. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: PCOS is a medical condition in which a hormonal imbalance occurs, resulting in a disturbed menstrual cycle, acne, bloating, insulin resistance and weight gain. PCOS can occur at puberty, in the childbearing age or even in older women, with weight gain that is unexpected and sudden. In the syndrome, an excess of estrogen promotes fat deposition and difficulty in weight loss. Diet and exercise play an important role in countering PCOS.
  3. Cushing’s syndrome: This is a relatively rare medical condition caused by excessive production of the hormone cortisol. It may result from a tumor or steroid treatment. The adrenal cortex gland may be compromised due to a tumor. The weight gain in this condition is most prominent around the face, upper back and stomach. Its symptoms include many medical conditions like hypertension, anxiety, muscle weakness, and glucose intolerance. It affects the overall health of a person.
  4. Plantar fasciitis and Arthritis: Carrying extra weight can strain the heel. Plantar fasciitis in people with high BMI makes it challenging to lose weight as the disease affects activity levels. Overweight women can turn obese due to increasing weight. Weight loss in these conditions can only be achieved with low-impact exercises before they start severely affecting health. Arthritis has a significant link to obesity. Arthritis affects the joints of knees and hips, which makes it challenging for women to engage in physical activity, which progresses into an increase in weight due to sedentary habits. Weight loss is definitely advisable as it can have positive changes in these conditions.
  5. Depression: Everyone responds differently to stress, while some people can go off food, others tend to eat more. Emotional eating can lead to weight gain and often is the culprit for women’s vicious cycle of weight gain. A dietary coping mechanism of eating junk, high calorie, high-fat food may seem to provide comfort to a mildly depressed individual. Moreover, even chronic depression medication has an unfortunate side effect of weight gain. Depression, as a medical condition, is also known to affect overall physical health and the person can lose interest in any activity and daily tasks, which further reduces physical activity and ends up in weight gain.

Do not get disheartened about not quickly achieving your desired results for weight loss. Some natural supplements can help women trying to lose weight by nudging the weight loss process along with diet and exercise a step higher. LOSE FAT™ supplement from Bestsource nutrition™ support weight loss regimes by providing a boost of the goodness of five best natural weight loss ingredients such as Garcinia Cambogia, green coffee bean extract, green tea extract, grape seeds extract, and cinnamon extract. This combination gives excellent results and can help women combat any persistent or recurrent weight gain at any age.

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