Glucagon Is the Weight Loss Hormone
If you are like many Americans, your waistline has likely grown over the last twenty years. However, what you may not know is your hormonal signals might be colliding with your fat cells and contributing to unwanted weight gain. If you have hormone imbalances, you have to address these root causes of weight gain. Once you fix these issues, your body may start to respond without all the extra effort and failed attempts. Produced by the pancreas, glucagon is also known as the “weight loss hormone” and has the opposite function of insulin hormone. While insulin helps store fat for later use, glucagon helps your body burn fat deposits. Research have shown that people who have a vitamin D deficiency are more likely to be overweight or obese. Vitamin D works together with leptin hormone to signal the brain that you are full and to stop eating.
Human Growth Hormone Increase Fat Burn
Obese or overweight individuals have hormone levels that encourage the accumulation of body fat, which makes their body physiologically more likely to gain weight and struggle to shed unwanted pounds.
- Estrogen - If you are female and going through the change of life, reduced levels of estrogen hormone are the main cause. Unfortunately, this can make it easier to gain weight as well as reallocate where fat is distributed on your body.
- Testosterone - Testosterone encourages muscle formation and the development of a man’s body composition, libido, and more. Low testosterone levels in men often go hand in hand with a higher percentage of body fat, especially visceral fat.
- Thyroid Hormone - Your thyroid gland produces three unique hormones including T3, T4, and calcitonin. If your thyroid does not produce the right quantities of each, it can lead to hypothyroidism and unwanted weight gain.
- Human Growth Hormone - Recent studies suggest HGH therapy can help you lose weight by increasing metabolism and improving your body’s ability to both burn fat and build lean muscle mass.
A handful of obscure hormones you’ve probably never heard of also play an integral role in weight loss. These include Adiponectin (GBP-28), Neuropeptide Y (NPY), Glucagon-like Peptide-1 (GLP-1), Cholecystokinin (CCK,) and Peptide YY (PYY).
Lesser Known Hormones for Weight Control
When you are fasting or under stress, Neuropeptide Y levels increase dramatically. Consuming plenty of protein and soluble fiber in your diet will help ensure your NPY levels are optimal for losing weight. GBP-28 is a fat-derived hormone that appears to play a crucial role in protecting against insulin resistance. Decreased adiponectin levels are thought to play a key role in the development of Type 2 diabetes, weight gain, and cardiovascular disease. GLP-1 agonists have been successfully studied in non-diabetic obese individuals and are deemed effective in helping overweight people to lose weight with delayed gastric emptying, increased satiety, and reduced food cravings. CCK is a peptide that is secreted throughout the gastrointestinal tract that slows gastric emptying and suppression of energy intake. When combined with leptin hormone, it resulted in greater loss of body weight than leptin alone. PPY is a hunger hormone that is secreted soon after food intake and enters your bloodstream via cells lining the lower small intestine and the colon. It decreases food consumption by causing a sense of satiety.
Undetected hormone imbalance could be the missing component to your long-term weight loss. MRC's hormone testing can catch and help to repair imbalances that could be disrupting your best efforts to lose weight. Call us today.
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