Gaining weight is a major problem experienced by many of us which could be due to number of reasons. If in any case, you are gaining weight because of overeating or lack of exercise, we can understand it’s purely your mistake, but if all conditions are the same and you still observe weight gain in your body, then there is something wrong and you have to take care immediately. And as I said, there could be number of reasons or factors that leads to weight gain, some of which I am listing here.
Stressful life and lack of sleep
Stress and lack of sleep goes in hand, as both affect each other. When we get stressed which might be due to professional, personal life or due to health, we don’t get enough sleep which makes us to stay awake late nights, and snacking on unhealthy and high calorie food. This in turn disturb our sleep because of improper digestion of food which can be possible reason for weight gain. Similarly when you are tensed, there is something called stress hormone “cortisol” that is released from body which also tend to increase your appetite and hunger, making you eat more food.
Medicines and Drugs
Several medicines and drugs such as anti-depressants, anti-inflammatory and antipsychotic drugs are found to show side effects of gaining weight in their patients. Other medicines also used for treatment of migraine, seizures, high blood pressure and diabetes are also related with weight gain. But it is always recommended to talk to your doctor when you observe such sudden changes in your body such as weight gain. Because sometimes you may gain weight because you’re feeling better and your appetite is increase, leading to increase in body weight. Therefore don’t take decision on your own without proper medical supervision.
Birth control pill
Some women who are taking birth control pills may experience changes in hormonal level and weight gain in their body. The other reasons for extra weight could be due to water retention and mostly the side effects (such as weight gain) vanish once you stop taking pill. Hence, it is advice to talk to your gynaecologist if you notice any side effects of birth control pills before stopping it.
Hypothyroidism could be one major factor for weight gain, which is defined as the condition where thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormone. The major symptoms of these disease is feeling tired, weak, and cold and gaining weight. Proper medications can reverse the effect of weight gain in such patients.
Aging actually is mainly responsible for slowing your metabolism which is mainly observed in women when they enter their menopause phase. There are number of hormonal changes that are experienced by women during menopause which in turn result in reduction in body metabolism and burning of lesser calories which causes excess fat gain in body. Proper physical exercises and lifestyle changes can improve this condition.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCO)
Polycystic ovary syndrome is a condition in women which affects their hormonal level, periods and ovulation which occurs because of the presence of some cyst in their ovaries. This syndrome mainly cause their hormone imbalance that in turn affect menstrual cycle which leads to extra body hair and acne problem. Women becomes resistant to insulin hormone, which controls blood sugar therefore resulting in extra weight gain in women. By taking care of sugar, you can reduce the symptoms of PCO syndrome.
Cushing’s syndrome is defined as a syndrome occurs due to hormonal (cortisol) disorder which in turn results in weight gain and other health related problems. This happens when you take steroids in treating other diseases like asthma, arthritis or lupus. This syndrome is characterized by weight gain mainly around neck, face, upper back or waist.
Quitting smoking is considered very good for health as it will prevent other health complication from occurring, so even you experience little weight gain after quitting cigarette, it can be managed by consulting your doctor.
So, next time when you happen to gain weight, don’t panic and try to recognize the reasons or various factors behind it, and try to solve them by taking proper medical help.
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