Cortisol's Impact on Weight
Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands in response to stress. It can have an impact on weight, particularly in people over the age of 40. In moderate amounts, cortisol helps regulate energy levels and metabolism, but when cortisol levels are consistently high, it can lead to weight gain, particularly in the abdominal area. This is because cortisol promotes the storage of fat in this area and can also lead to an increase in appetite, making it harder to lose weight.
Additionally, as people age, their cortisol levels naturally tend to increase, making it even harder to control weight and lose weight in people over 40. Furthermore, hormonal changes that occur in women during menopause can also affect cortisol levels and contribute to weight gain.However, weight loss over 40 can still be achieved by maintaining a healthy diet, engaging in regular physical activity, and managing stress levels. Reducing stress can help regulate cortisol levels, while diet and exercise can help to improve metabolism and burn fat.
It's also important to note that weight loss can be a complex process and there are many factors that can influence it, including genetics, hormonal imbalances, and underlying health conditions. If you're over 40 and struggling to lose weight, it may be a good idea to schedule an annual full blood panel with your doctor to insure your hormone health is normal as you embark on your weight loss journey.
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