Weight Gain

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It’s been hard for me to move away from this topic. Primarily because physicians like Dr. Hotze, and other healthcare providers, whom I respect, continue to address it.

But, also because I think they are shining a necessary light on the issue of faulty testing procedures for hypothyroidism.

Of course, the baby-boomer-rebel in me is always drawn to anything which questions and challenges the status quo; and there is no doubt that Dr. Hotze does just that.

He wants to challenge the way medicine is being practiced, and break the strong hold that pharmaceutical and insurance companies have on our medical system.

He promotes personal responsibility for one’s health, and does not believe that the federal government, employers, or society should bear that burden, and quite frankly, I agree.  In fact, I think most people would probably agree.

As a physician, Dr. Hotze believes that hypothyroidism is a health epidemic in this country – particularly among women – and that it is a common thread in the American health issues of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, degenerative arthritis, and gastrointestinal problems.

Pretty heady claims if you ask me.

But, as one who listens to women in perimenopause complain of the same symptoms day in and day out, and echoing the same complaints of not being heard by their physicians, much less receiving adequate treatment for their symptoms, I can’t help but think Dr. Hotze is on to something.

Dr. Hotze validates women who are tired of being treated like they are hypochondriacs

It’s easy to get tunnel-vision when all of your professional work focuses on one topic.  I understand that. One might even say that Dr. Hotze’s obsession with hypothyroidism, and the lack of adequate testing, is a mantle which shapes and colors all of his medical opinions.

And that would be true, I think.  It does.

But, that doesn’t negate the importance and validity of what he is saying about hypothyroidism, and the profound impact it has on the health of women.  For this reason alone, I want to give Dr. Hotze credit where credit is due.

He validates the frustrations and complaints of women (particularly those going through perimenopause) who are tired of being treated like they are hypochondriacs because a few quick lab tests suggest their symptoms do not empirically exist.  I guess it’s just easier to write prescriptions for antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication.

The work Dr. Hotze does gives me hope.  When you interact with women suffering with perimenopause on a daily basis, hearing the same complaints over and over again – as I do – it’s easy to become discouraged.  I want to help these women.  But when I look at the size of the Goliath called our medical system, compared to the tiny little pebbles in my hands as a women’s health blogger, it just seems impossible sometimes.

I think his latest book, Hypothyroidism, Health & Happiness: The Riddle of Illness Revealed, is an excellent book that every woman going through perimenopause should read.  Not only is it enlightening and incredibly easy to read, but it gives a voice to women who might otherwise think that no one is listening.

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Why Diet & Exercise is Important in Perimenopause

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I am always reluctant to discuss the topic of diet and exercise in menopause. Not because I don’t think it’s important.  But because it’s spoken of so often as a remedy for pretty much everything which ails us, I think we tune it out. I’ll be the first to tell you, I’m guilty of it. But [...]

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Mayo Clinic Study on Low Estrogen Causing Weight Gain Unclear?

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That’s certainly my opinion.  The Internet is abuzz with news about a recently released study co-authored by a physician at The Mayo Clinic, which says that low estrogen is the cause of weight gain in menopausal women. The actual study is entitled, “Adipocyte Fatty Acid Storage Factors Enhance Subcutaneous Fat Storage in Postmenopausal Women” and [...]

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New Study Says Menopause Weight Gain is Due to Low Estrogen?

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You may have heard of a new study co-authored and released recently by the Mayo Clinic, which says that women in their post-menopause years have trouble losing weight due to “low estrogen” which causes our body to “hang onto fat” in order to “hang onto estrogen.” The study specifically says that: “Scientists have long known [...]

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35-Symptoms of Perimenopause: Finding Relief for Your Symptoms

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Every woman I know (and you can include me in that “every woman”) would climb the highest mountain and swim the deepest sea to find that one thing that will help her with her perimenopause symptoms. Hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, mood swings…….hello?  It’s not a picnic we’re talking about here! During “those days” [...]

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The Benefits of Bioidentical Progesterone in Perimenopause

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Today’s post is a sponsored post by Dr. Wade Huey, a Houston based physician for Body LogicMD.  Dr. Huey specializes in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.  Please find his bio at the end of the post. Perimenopause is the difficult time when hormones start to decline, but they are not quite low enough for a woman [...]

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Staying Fit During Perimenopause

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Today’s post is a guest post by Dorothy Hall from Bright Body Fitness We go through so many changes during perimenopause, but we don’t tend to adjust our fitness and exercise routines correspondingly. This mid-life shift requires us to make intelligent changes and choices in our exercise routine if we want to maintain sufficient levels [...]

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Weight Gain in Perimenopause: You Can Win the Battle of the Bulge!

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Some people call it the midriff bulge. Others call it the middle-age spread. I’ve even heard it called meno-pudge.  You know – that ever increasing mid-section of yours that now resembles a flotation device?  You can thank perimenopause for that. Weight gain in perimenopause is an unfortunate reality for all of us, and as I’ve [...]

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35 Symptoms of Perimenopause: Weight Gain

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Interview with Suzanne Somers at Hotze.com

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I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of making the acquaintance of Dr. Steven F. Hotze through an interview on his radio program and through a couple of members of his staff, specifically, Terri Coburn. I love the work that Dr. Hotze is doing for bioidentical hormone research and helping women to recover health and wellness [...]

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Green Tea Weight Loss – Seriously?

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I’m going to come clean: I don’t really have weight issues. I mean, yeah, I’ve gained weight since I hit forty, had my third child and began perimenopause boot camp. But when you’re a former 5’10″, 133 lbs-at-top weight- skinny-minnie; and you worked incredibly hard to weigh that much, well, 159 lbs is not exactly [...]

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