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What causes Weight Gain in Women?

What causes Weight Gain in Women?

Weight gain in middle-age is an extremely common phenomenon and affects almost 80% of Americans. The reasons for this can be non-hormonal and hormonal.

Hormonal Weight Gain Factors:

  • PMS: This can be a significant cause. There is more
    estrogen during these times, which can lead to gain in
    the thighs and butt. There is also less progesterone,
    which slows metabolism.
  • Menopause: Multiple hormone imbalances combine
    to cause this weight gain and should be analyzed in

    each patient carefully.

  • Pre-diabetes or diabetes is also a common cause
    and should be detected early and managed.
  • Thyroid dysfunction is a frequent problem but is often
    not diagnosed or treated adequately.
  • Growth hormone increases muscle and decreases

    body fat. With age it decreases in the body.

Non-Hormonal Weight Gain Factors

  • Extra calories: Most people in the U.S. have grown
    up with the “finish your plate” advice from parents,
    and most portion sizes (particularly fast foods) are
    too big and particularly rich in carbohydrates.
    This is a very common component of weight gain.
  • Lack of exercise: This also adds to weight gain.
  • Lack of sleep: Lack of adequate sleep slows
    metabolism which puts on pounds.
  • Drugs: Steroids, anti-depressants, diabetic
    medications and blood pressure medications all
    may cause weight gain.
  • Stress tends to increase weight mostly through
    a hormonal mechanism, but it also leads to
    snacking more between meals.


Our treatments involve the use of natural bio-identical hormone therapy given by the most natural routes and with strict monitoring. We avoid using artificial hormones (prescription drugs) which are known to increase risk of heart attack, stroke and breast cancer.

Once existing hormone levels in your blood are measured and deficiencies are identified, treatment begins to replenish and balance your hormones. Our treatment protocols, backed by scientific research, have been designed to avoid risks while relieving symptoms and providing renewed vigor and vitality. Symptoms from menopause, perimenopause, and PMS are relieved with the restoration of your natural hormone balance.

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“If I had only known about Dr. Mahmud and his care when I was in my 40’s. I am sure that I would not have gained the weight I did when I turned 50. On top of that to think that I used to live with hot flashes, mood swings, night sweats, lack of sleep, because I was adamant about not going on pharmaceuticals when all along there was a natural proven way. My only regret – not doing it when I was younger.” – Brenda C.

“Since starting the program [hormonal balance], I have lost 40 pounds. I have gone down 2 to 3 dress sizes. My husband likes the new me.” – Ariou N, age 56

“I have lost 50 pounds since going on the program [anti-aging program including natural bio-identical hormones — replacing prior Premarin therapy]. I can tell I have muscle now…even my knees don’t hurt anymore [used to take cortisone injections].” – Brenda Y., 52

“The energy has been incredible…waking up and wanting to exercise! I am up to an hour of exercise a day. I am not as hungry.” – Sandi B., 51