WHY WE GET FAT AND STAY FAT
Published: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
WHY WE GET FAT AND STAY FAT
It is literally going to take years for the powers that be to truly inform the public that the old ideas about dieting and weight control are erroneous.
ALWAYS THOUGHT IT WAS CALORIES?
Evidence shows this is not true!
1 in every 3 Americans are considered obese, and 2 in 3 are overweight.
We are told consistently that we can not take in more calories than we can burn and that we cannot lose weight if we do not exercise. The growth of our fat tissue is controlled by HORMONES. Yes, just as growth hormones make children grow, hormones can make us grow FAT. When insulin levels are elevated, fat accumulates in fat tissue. When insulin levels fall, we burn fat from the fat tissue and use it for fuel and lose that spare tire or other undesirable weight.
Simply put: the more carbs we eat, the more insulin we secrete. As levels rise, so does fat storage
Your problem is a....
HORMONE IMBALANCE, NOT CALORIE IMBALANCE.
The CULPRITS: refined carbs, starchy vegetables, sugar, and high fructose corn syrup. Carbs make us fat, make us hungrier. The fatter we are, the more sedentary we are. STAY AWAY FROM CARB RICH FOODS AND SWEET FOODS. AVOID LIQUID CARBS like fruit juice and soda.
We live in a Toxic Environment for obesity!
Specifically: fast foods, drive thrus, super sizes, junk food, snack foods that are marketed to us incessantly. The phrase has been coined: Obesogenic environment, an environment that takes a lean person and turns them into a fat person. People do not get fat because they eat too much, but because they eat the wrong types of food.
A famous study called the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) followed 50,000 women for 8 years. Guess what? A low fat, low calorie diet did not result in much weight loss.....just about 2 pounds each in 8 YEARS! THE LESSON: Undereating does NOT cure obesity. Just about every overweight person has tried it...and it DOES NOT WORK!
EVEN IF YOU ARE EATING JUST 800-1000 calories per day, only 1 in 20 patients lost any significant weight in a study done as far back as 1959. Consider this study done in 1980: 800 obese and overweight people were instructed to eat 750 calories less per day. They were also given intense counseling to help them stay on track and also given a lot of help with meal plans that were low in calories. The average participant was 50 pounds over weight. Despite all this, they only lost 9 pounds in 6 months! AND they gained it back after a year. Undereating is not a cure and overeating is not the cause of all obesity.
EXERCISE:Not the answer either.
People in the
Have you heard the phrase "working up an appetite?" That's exactly what exercise can do! After exercising the body wants to compensate for the energy drain. Reducing your calorie intake does not help you lose weight and increasing caloric output (exercise) does not necessarily prevent you from gaining weight either.
WHY DO SOME PEOPLE GET FAT AND OTHERS DO NOT? WHY DOESN'T DIETING WORK TO KEEP POUNDS OFF? IT'S ALL IN THE BRAIN! HORMONES, HORMONES, HORMONES.
Estrogen influences an enzyme called lipoprotein lipase (LPL). LPL essentially pulls fat from the blood stream into a cell. If it is a fat cell, the person gets fatter. If it is a muscle cell, the person burns it for fuel.
Anything that works to promote the flow of fat into the fat cells will cause you to get fatter, and anything that helps break down fat so they can escape from the fat cells will make you thinner. Enzymes & hormones are the key players!
LPL is the main enzyme.
Women: LPL is high on the fat cells below the waist so women gain weight on the hips. After menopause this extends to the abdominal area and women get the infamous "spare tire."
Men: LPL is higher in the fat tissue of the abdomen so this is where they accumulate fat. As they get older and secrete less testosterone, this will also extend above the waist to include the breast tissue.
Hormone: Insulin is the hormone that is the main regulator of fat metabolism. It tells muscle cells not to burn fat, but to burn glucose. So even if the fat does escape from the fat cell, it will not be used for fuel, but will just end up being sent back in the fat tissue. Insulin also works to create new fat cells.
It works to increase the fat we store and decrease the fat we burn.
Think of it this way: When you eat, especially carbs, you secrete insulin. Carbs are digested and blood sugar rises. More insulin is secreted. Carbs are converted into fat and stored in the fat cells. The fat will stay in the fat cells until insulin levels drop, but we eat too many carbs and insulin levels remain high.We need to lower our insulin levels and secrete less insulin in the first place!
When we get fatter, we need more energy and our appetite increases. We will crave carbs because that is what insulin wants to burn for fuel.
INSULIN RESISTANCE & MIDSECTION FAT:
The more insulin you secrete, the likelier it is that your cells will become resistant to it... that is, it will take more insulin to do the same job. In essence, your cells do not want more glucose so they make it more difficult for insulin to take the glucose out of the bloodstream. So the body (via the pancreas) releases MORE insulin. More insulin release promotes a greater degree of insulin resistance. The increase in insulin causes the fat cells to store more calories as fat. We are more likely to become insulin resistant as we age and we store more and more calories as fat. Often, as insulin levels go up, blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides also go up. Metabolism is also slowing down. So....even a lean person will get fatter without increasing calorie intake! The fat accumulates around the waist (where fat cells are most sensitive to insulin.)
- Makes us accumulate fat
- Tells the liver to convert carbs into fat and releases it into
the blood stream as triglycerides
- Causes the kidneys to reabsorb sodium and raises blood
- Causes artery walls to become rigid
- Causes accumulation of HDL into plaque
Occurs when we get fatter, lose control of our blood sugar, develop insulin resistance, develop high blood pressure, HDL cholesterol goes down, and LDL articles become small and dense and begin to attach to the arterial walls. Metabolic Syndrome has been associated with Alzheimer's disease and cancer because insulin and high blood sugar can cause brain deterioration. I was at a conference recently where the researchers called Alzheimer's "Diabetes of the Brain." The brain needs fat (cholesterol) for its building blocks....NOT SUGAR. Regarding cancer, insulin can cause tumors to both grow and to metastasize
THE MORE CARBS YOU EAT, THE MORE INSULIN YOUR BODY MUST SECRETE!
The carbs cause metabolic syndrome! Type 2 Diabetes occurs when the pancreas can no longer secrete enough insulin in the face of insulin resistance.
WHY DO CHILDREN GET FAT?
If the mother has high insulin while she is pregnant, the child will develop more insulin-secreting cells. Thus, the child will be born with more fat and have a tendency toward insulin resistance. In other words, the child will be born with a predisposition to be fat! "Bad" (Refined) Carbohydrates are to blame!
Note: Refined carbs are the cheapest foods available and this is why the poorest people tend to be the fattest.
But not all carbs are bad! Vegetables and leafy greens are also carbs. Low glycemic index foods are good for us. The higher the glycemic index, the more insulin will be secreted in response to it.
FRUIT:Contains fructose which can be fattening to anyone who is predisposed to accumulate fat. I know many menopausal women in particular who will gain weight the day after they ate a lot of fruit. I tested it on myself and a day after I ate nectarines and melon and a pear (all good, right?) I gained 1 pound. Wow! Who knew? I am just saying to be careful with fruit. I found I am okay with blueberries, cherries, and apples. YAY!
-High Fructose Corn Syrup - this contains fructose, the same fructose that is in fruit. It is about 1/2 fructose and 1/2 glucose and our bodies will process it into fat. As a matter of fact, fructose is the carb that we convert to fat most easily.
SUGAR HAS TO GO! It is NOT your friend!
No fruit juices. Never drink your fruit!
If you cut out the foods that make you fat, you will not be fat! If you lose weight and add those foods back in, you will get fat.
RESTRICT CARBS AND KEEP BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS LOW.
Carbs give quick energy so that we crave them, but they make us crave even more carbs if we eat too many.
A SECRET: Do not let yourself get too hungry. Just by thinking about eating, insulin will rise. The body begins to secrete insulin as soon as we think about eating in order to prepare the body for the upcoming glucose onslaught. Then, the higher the insulin reaction we have, the more we will think the food tastes better. It's not fair, right? But that's how it works to start controlling us and make us crave certain foods.
If we become insulin resistant, we will have insulin coursing through our body much of the day and the insulin will tell our body to store fat. The body will be looking for glucose. If there is no glucose, it will tell us to crave the carbs. Get the picture? This is as simple as I can put it. Carbs and sweets have to be avoided! With sugar, there are studies that show it can be as addictive as cocaine and nicotine! Even animals can be made to eat foods they do not like if we "sugar coat" them.
THE FOODS THAT MAKE US FAT MAKE US CRAVE FOODS THAT MAKE US FAT!
Will that help you give them up? It's the only way to stay lean.
WHAT ABOUT LOW FAT DIETS?
This is not a wise diet choice because when manufacturers cut out fat, they will replace it with sugar to restore some of the taste. Protein and fat do not cause weight to balloon. In fact, consuming olive oil (a fat) every day has been shown to decrease risk of stroke by about 43%! The WHI study showed no significant reduction in heart disease, stroke, breast cancer, colon cancer or weight gain when 20,000 women cut their total fat consumption by 25% as compared to the other 29,000 who could eat as much fat as they wanted.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you replace saturated fat in your diet with carbohydrates.....in other words instead of eggs for breakfast, you have oatmeal and fruit, your LDL cholesterol may go down, but your triglycerides may go up. Carbohydrate-rich diets also lower HDL, which is an excellent predictor for heart attack in women. You do NOT want a low HDL.
WHAT ABOUT EXERCISE?
Most people who try to lose weight by exercise are also cutting out unhealthy foods. Did you ever see a regular jogger or an aerobics buff eating a donut after they exercise? No, they are more likely to be drinking water or eating something half-way healthy at least. That's why these people can stay lean. If they eat the wrong foods, even the distance runner will gain weight.
LOW CALORIE DIETS
These starve the body of protein that is required for energy. Fatty tissue is not targeted in a low calorie diet. In fact, your fat cells will work overtime to hang on to their fat. Your body will also reduce its energy production and "slow down." Also, if you are cutting all calories across the board, you will still be eating a disproportionate amount of carbs which will still impede any lasting weight loss. ELIMINATE STARCH, FLOUR, AND WHITE SUGAR and INCREASE PROTEIN and you WILL lose weight. I PROMISE. CEREAL, DAIRY PRODUCTS, SUGAR, CANDY, SODAS, DRESSINGS do not give us energy! So why eat them?
By the way, scientists now agree that the old food pyramid with carbohydrates as the mainstay was WRONG, WRONG, WRONG! But we have followed it for so many years....this is why we have become an obese nation!
THE BEST STUDY I HAVE SEEN:
A government-funded study was conducted and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2007. It was called the A TO Z Weight Loss Study and compared 4 diets: These were all low carbohydrate diets. People lost weight, their HDL cholesterol went up, triglycerides went down, and blood pressure went down. Cholesterol was unchanged.
By the way, LDL and HDL are not cholesterol. They are particles that contain cholesterol and move both it and triglycerides around the blood stream. LDL particles can work themselves into our artery walls and form plaque. There are small LDL particles which are the culprits and large LDL particles that are benign. Carbohydrate-rich diets make LDL small and this is why it increases the risk of heart disease. It also lowers LDL (good cholesterol). When we limit carbs, HDL goes up and LDL particles become larger and more innocuous. This is proof that a low-carb, protein-rich diet will not increase risk of heart disease and will probably PPREVENT IT!
WHAT ABOUT OTHER HORMONES?
Yes, you all know that I am a huge proponent of balancing estrogens with progesterone. Excess estrogen or estrogen dominance can cause excessive weight gain. I have written about that in great detail many times. This guide is for those of you who are struggling to regain control of weight that seems to be "nuclear." SO many of you call me weekly and we discuss my favorite WAY of EATING, which is to increase protein, protein, protein. This article is to help you understand what is happening when you eat the wrong foods AND to motivate you. Please also see my "Stay off Sugar" tips at the end.
WHAT IS YOUR PERFECT ANSWER?
Experiment! It's your health that is your legacy to your loved ones and especially your children. Try eating less pasta. Avoid sugar. Try a week of just protein, or even a few days. Go slow but steady. I will caution you women, though, that hormone balance is key. Otherwise your body may simply refuse to give up the weight. Patience, please....you are improving your health, blood pressure, and cholesterol.
It may have taken years for you to get to this point. Every step in the right direction will make you feel better. A body clear of excess sugars and carbs will begin to feel GREAT in terms of energy, mood, sleep, and libido as well as losing weight.
Remember to watch for fruit. Fruit is supposed to be seasonal, but now we often can find all kinds available year round. Weigh yourself, then the next day add some fruit and see how your body responds. I find that too much fruit will cause me to gain weight....imagine that, fruit? So I have cut back and now I will munch on a bag of baby carrots at night.
You will also notice that sugary things begin to taste WAY TOO SWEET after you have weaned yourself. I used to LOVE pie, but today I cannot find any slice of pie that is not too sweet for me to enjoy. It will happen for you, too. Remember that sugar is addictive, so you may need some help with 5-HTP, L-Tyrosine, or GABA to help you out.
YOU WILL NOT BE STARVNG YOURSELF!
You can eat a lot of food if you give up the empty carbs.
A recent study show that obese children were able to successfully wean off cravings for sweets in about 12 months. That seems like a long time, but if your child is young and obese, start NOW!
THE GOOD NEWS:
Once you start eliminating the carbs you will probably find:
PANIC ATTACKS BE GONE!
This is a serious topic. I get daily calls & emails s describing your anxiety /panic.
It's epidemic, especially in my ladies. I empathize because I went thru it, too... about 8 years ago. I conquered it and I want to help!
You can conquer it, too, WITHOUT life-long prescription drugs.
Are you experiencing anxiety every day? Do you wake up suddenly with feelings of panic and fear, even in the night? Does your anxiety grow steadily as the day wears on? Do you anticipate worst-case scenarios, even if you don't have a real reason to?
Anxiety may start small but it can quickly gain traction & turn into full on Panic Attacks. Let's stop it NOW. You know the symptoms: Panic attacks last between 5-20 minutes each & you can have multiple ones daily. They are physically & mentally draining.
Anxiety may start small but it can quickly gain traction & turn into full on Panic Attacks. Let's stop it NOW. You know the symptoms:
Panic attacks last between 5-20 minutes each & you can have multiple ones daily. They are physically & mentally draining.
Compare it to a car with an alarm which is supposed to go off with physical contact. But YOUR alarm goes off from a gust of wind.
The underlying mechanism is this : Your brain's "gas pedal" gets stuck in high gear because GABA, an important calming neurotransmitter is "out of whack".
Also high cortisol or cortisol rising and falling at the wrong time will contribute to anxiety/panic. Your fight or flight response is out of sync. Your body is trying to protect you, but it has got things turned around. Don't hate yourself... let's fix yourself!
Women are twice as likely as men to have anxiety and it can show up in very specific ways. Some women say they have anxiety all day every day, and that it's beginning to undermine their ability to function normally. Others have anxiety first thing in the morning or late at night as they're heading to bed. Some women say their anxiety is linked to their menstrual cycles or they link it to their menopause. That's because hormones and the brain's neurotransmitters are closely linked. A lot of you are too anxious to even begin to describe the attacks without bursting into tears.
Once you've had an anxiety attack you can become terrified it's going to happen again. This is known as Panic disorder or being anxious about being anxious. This fear itself can produce physical sensations like sweaty palms, racing heartbeat or rapid breathing. You try to avoid future attacks by avoiding triggers, like public transportation, driving, school, places you cannot leave easily. It's awful!
A Panic attack cannot kill you. We can kill them!
I've had anxiety & here is how I solved it!
I'm going to tell you the specific products that helped me. However you can look for equivalent products near you. Just try to get the same doses.
It's 2 easy steps:
Reset Brain Chemistry that has gone awry. Increase GABA, the calming neurotransmitter in the brain.
Normalize cortisol levels
Here are your Natural Helpers... from God's Pharmacy... you do NOT need a lifelong prescription for a synthetic drug.
Zen Mind with GABA daily
Take Nusera or Calm-Pro during an actual episode.
Nusera contains Casein 150 mg chewable up to 4 x day
Phosphatidylserine to normalize cortisol levels. Just one PS 100 mg per day can restore normal cortisol!
Please call me if you need more help... I got through it with the advice of my Naturopathic doctor friend, Dr. Braverman. You WILL prevail!
Oh, one more thing...
The pickle cure for stress!
Thank you, God!
Do not GIVE UP. Please email me if you need personal attention at firstname.lastname@example.org
I want this for you, too!
Stages of Women’s Hormone Health
Published: Monday, September 14, 2015
Where Are You In The Grand Scheme ofHormone Balance?
20's - early 30's
Lifecycle - Regular periods
Hormone Level Shifts - All hormones at optimum levels
Medical Conditions - Usually none, prime time for pregnancy
Common Symptoms - All systems "go"! High libido, high energy, optimum weight and body fat distribution
How to Get Started Now - Probably fine, just maintain a healthy lifestyle
Lifecycle - Regular periods
Hormone Level Shifts - Painful periods, anovulatory cycles, excessive stress, and use of birth control can cause women to feel "out of sorts"
Medical Conditions - Women in these years who are overweight or started their periods early can be estrogen dominant
Common Symptoms - Low energy, PMS, poor sleep, migraines, belly fat, infertility, weight gain, and fibrocystic breasts
How to Get Started Now - Get started with bioidentical progesterone crème (ProHelp).
Adrenal boost Vitamin D Evening Primrose Oil and Vitex for hormone support
Mid-30's through early-40's
Lifecycle - Pre-menopause phase: irregular cycles OR regular cycles sometimes both
Hormone Level Shifts - Shifts in estrogen/progesterone levels, such as high estrogen, low progesterone, high cortisol (stress hormones)
Medical Conditions - Estrogen dominance & adrenal imbalance are likely.
Common Symptoms - Worsened PMS, abdominal weight gain, decreased libido, foggy thinking, fatigue, mood swings, depression, headaches, bloating, and fibrocystic breasts.
How to Get Started Now - Get started with bioidentical progesterone crème (ProHelp).
Also suggested:Vitamin D Adrenal Support MACA for low libido Vitex for hormone support
Mid to late 40's
Lifecycle - Peri-menopause phase: Irregular periods and anovulatory periods (no ovulation so no progesterone is made)
Hormone Level Shifts - Low progesterone, erratic estrogen levels, low DHEA
Medical Conditions - Estrogen dominance and Adrenal imbalance are likely
Common Symptoms - Same as in pre-menopause, with more weight gain in the waist/greater difficulty losing weight, irregular bleeding, hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, sleep disturbances, memory lapses, anxiety, irritability, risk for osteoporosis
How to Get Started Now - Use bioidentical progesterone crème (ProHelp).
Also suggested:DHEA Adrenal Support L-Tyrosine for thyroid support Phosphatidyl Serine for memory Melatonin for sleep
If symptoms persist, may require phytoestrogen supplementation or a vaginal moisture cream or suppository
Late 40's-early 50's
Lifecycle - Menopause, (no periods for 12 months or more)
Hormone Level Shifts - Low progesterone, low estrogen, low DHEA, and possible low testosterone
Medical Conditions - Deficient in all sex hormones, but because body is still producing 40-60% estrogen, still estrogen dominant
Common Symptoms - Same as in Pre-Menopause, with more weight gain in the waist/greater difficulty losing weight, irregular bleeding, hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, sleep disturbances, memory lapses, anxiety, irritability, risk for osteoporosis
How to Get Started Now - Use bioidentical progesterone crème (Menopause Moisture Crème).If symptoms persist, bioidentical supplementation of estrogen may also be suggested.
Also suggested:Adrenal Support DHEA Vitamin D Estriol if needed for vaginal dryness Phosphatidyl Serine for memory and Melatonin for sleep
Mid 50's and beyond (even into your 90's!)
Lifecycle - Post-menopause, (no periods for 12 months or more)
Hormone Level Shifts - No progesterone, Low estrogen (some still produced by adrenal glands and fat cells) Low testosterone and DHEA, but ovaries possibly still producing some
Medical Conditions - Estrogen dominant, in the absence of progesterone production. Adrenal imbalance
Common Symptoms - All of the above, plus increased risk of breast and uterine cancers, and fibroids, osteoporosis
How to Get Started Now - Use bioidentical progesterone crème (Menopause Moisture Crème) If symptoms persist, bioidentical supplementation of estrogen may also be suggested.
Also suggested:Adrenal Support DHEA to raise T levels Vaginal Dryness Cream Vitamin D Bone Support Phosphatidyl Serine for memory Melatonin for sleep
Hysterectomy? Hysterectomy puts you into instant menopause. If you still have your ovaries, they will begin to fail within 2-5 years after your surgery. So, see 40s - early 50s despite your age.
If weight is your biggest issue, take the Hormone-Brain-Weight quiz at http://www.bhnformulas.com/files/98283420.pdf
For vaginal dryness information, e-mail me at email@example.com
Barbara's favorite hormone helping products can be found at www.bhnformulas.com
I care about you and your health! Whatever stage you are in, you can feel young and vibrant. I promise!
Do You Feel Like an Alien in your own body?
Published: Monday, August 31, 2015
Most Likely It's Your Hormones!
I Want to Help You... Save Your Relationships, Save Your Sanity, Maybe even Your Life!
I'm Barbara Hoffman, author of Hope For Your Hormones and I have spoken with over 100,000 women about Hormone Balance since 1992. And I want to help YOU!
Ladies, I have heard this feeling described repeatedly over these past many years. Women are saying "I just don't feel like myself anymore and it's debilitating." You say "I'm cranky, depressed, bloated, have no energy, cannot focus, can't sleep and my hair is falling out". Some of you say, "I've been told I'm going crazy" by my husband/children/even doctor! You are at your wit's end. What is going on? Guess, what? These symptoms are related to a condition called Estrogen dominance. A woman can have deficient, normal, or excessive estrogen but has little or no progesterone to balance it. This can make you feel like you are literally losing your mind! I have been consulting on natural hormone balance for almost 20 years and I know I can help you!
But... you say, "I've always learned that we need estrogen as we get older because our estrogen disappears. Not the problem! It's progesterone that becomes overwhelmed or diminished, NOT estrogen.
Let me ask: IS THIS YOU? LOOK AT ALL THESE SYMPTOMS OF HORMONE IMBALANCE!
These symptoms may sound common to some of you, but they are not normal! If you have any of them, it is essential to get your hormones back in balance as soon as you can. The symptoms will only get worse especially the weight gain. And who wants that? Natural progesterone créme has helped many women lose weight!
I hear you saying "What Has Happened to Me?" As your ovaries age, their function begins to decline. The progesterone hormone production falls dramatically between the ages of 35 and 50. Progesterone is the "feel good hormone" and you will definitely begin to not feel good! Your estrogen hormones now have undue influence on your body and you are Estrogen Dominant. Sadly, many women have experienced this state since puberty causing them to experience PMS symptoms which they took as "normal". Things are not hopeless! Estrogen Dominance can be stopped and reversed.
When Can Estrogen Dominance Take Over YOUR Life?
HOW DO I CORRECT MY ESTROGEN DOMINANCE?
It's not that difficult! Start now, before things get worse!
You can get back to normal! As I say, "Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life" Has your doctor placed you on synthetic hormones? Is your spouse, mate, child ready to move out? Are your friends worried about you? Do you have a hormone nightmare story? Let's share & get through this together!
Posted by: elizabeth wlls
Sunday, May 17, 2015 @ 5:34:00 PM
I went through a horrid and I mean horrid menopause! wiley protocol SAVED me. However i hated the days I was on progesterone as I was SO depressed. My family all my life kidded me that I had way too much serotonin as I was always so happy. This is so true. I recently went to a M.D. getting off Wiley ONLY because of the hope of an oral progesterone may not make me depressed. Well I was wrong it made me horrible depressed and at the very very lowest dose. So thank God and i mean it for Wiley's protocol. I can cut the progesterone safely down. There are many many women who can not tolerate progesterone due to the severe depression it brings. You can look at the statistics. I hope this helps someone praying for help. Elizabeth
Posted by: Adrienne
Monday, May 11, 2015 @ 8:03:50 PM
I took progesterone cream for three days only (100 mg each day) and felt like I was going to lose my mind. Be careful when using. I haven't taken any for 2 days and still feel 'off' whereas I have never felt off before. I am 40, and most people think I'm 30. I look like a zombie after that horrible cream. Nature intended our hormones to fluctuate. We have gotten this far without cream, and I'm going to the next level, cream-less.
Posted by: Barbara Hoffman
Tuesday, November 05, 2013 @ 3:09:34 PM
Dear Kate, I have never heard of progesterone intolerance, because your body makes progesterone throughout your life and copiously during pregnancy. Anyone "progesterone intolerant" would have been suffering since the date of their first period. Sounds as if it could have been high-cortisol (stress hormone) that caused your problems. Did you ever have your cortisol levels checked? Cortisol can be a "thief" of progesterone and no matter how much progesterone you use, you will not get the benefits with the high cortisol level. Progesterone is the feel-good hormone and should have helped you feel great!
Posted by: En
Monday, November 04, 2013 @ 5:49:10 PM
I tried progesterone cream and then pills for almost six months because for years I was on nothing but estrdiol due to a complete hysterectomy ten years ago. It was told it would help with the insomnia and anxiety and I would feel great. Oh my God it was a thousand times worse and they kept saying, it will get better, it will get better, push through. Low dose, high does it was the worst. It was horrible. We tried a low dose and then all the way up to 600 mg, I thought I would die of rage and then was absolutey devoid of joy, crushing depression. I am now back on just estradiol and will stay on it. I have also been reading about something called progesterone intolerant. This whole thing was a nightmare and while it is scary health wise just being on the estrogen, I have no choice. It was such a disapointment, I had such high hopes that at last I could really feel good.
Posted by: jennifer
Sunday, August 25, 2013 @ 4:46:38 PM
Someone please help....I have been to doctor after doctor.....phyiratrist tell me its anxiety and depression and something medically wrong....so here's your anxiety meds.....my endocrinology doctor did hormone test and said my progesterone should be at 450 and its at 64 so I started taking progesterone pills day 12-26 of my cycle has been a month and I notice no difference..... I have lost my job my relationship with my daughters and boyfriend and family has gotten so horrible....I feel like I am not even me I don't know who I am....I am so lost within myself....I can't sleep...think.... concentrate....my medical symptoms are getting worse day by day....I don't even know what to do with my life any more.....I have such bad anxiety its hard to control even with the meds I don't know what to do anymore.... I lost.... scared.... my oldest daughter who is 16 is ready to run away right now because she can't deal with it anymore.... its been three years since this has started and no change.....someone help please
Posted by: jean
Friday, May 31, 2013 @ 6:36:16 AM
My large family has always joked that we all have 'crazy' hormones... but Its no longer funny. I've had severe PMS and depression since a teenager. I am now 30 and after having to endure panic attacks, extreme fatigue, migraines and constant weight battles... I am now struggling to deal with skin problems. Almost 3 years ago brown pigmentation spots appeared on my face, it now covers most of my forehead, scattered across checks under my eyes... and my personal favourite... the moustache! I immediately searched for remedies. It consumed me. And then... as if I was being punished... I developed bad acne. The big sore hormonal type, that just keep coming. I wonder if from stress? After lots of wasted $$$$ on 2 VERY painful IPL proceedures, a cupboard full of crèmes and prescriptions, and the countless vitamins and suppliments, my face is worse than ever. Now I've got dark spots left from acne scars dotted around. I'm doing my best to keep fighting back out of the dark hole of depression. I have times that I try to forget & carry on with a semi normal life, but it is so hard and easy to revert back to isolation. Last yr I didn't leave the house for 1 month! I miss doing normal things, like a simple swim. I cant face doing anything without loads of make up and when people look at me I am so humiliated. My poor family, I must be very hard work at times. But saddest of all is my 10 yr old daughter has me (the Mum who's a crying mess) as a role model. I need something to help. Of course I am keen to try the progesterone crème, but forgive me as I am weary for fear of disappointment. Will post update on results. Wish me luck.
Posted by: Tresjee Wittman
Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 11:20:59 AM
I just found your site by watching you on Daystar. I am 38yrs old and recently (last 6 months or less) I have been extremely emotional, irritated and angry. My periods as far as length and duration are the same but my swings are not. I do have trouble sleeping, weight gain in the mid section, and some of the other symptoms listed. How often do I take the progesterone cream? Will that help me sleep again?
Posted by: ava garza
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 1:01:38 PM
PLEASE HELP ME :-( i am 28yrs old and i have had these symptoms my whole life. i have been on the hunt for something to make me feel better, but my 8yr married life is killing me, husband will not listen to me. he only listens to the doctors "psyciatrist" that said i am bipolar. to hear the words "oh so your cured now that you read that book" kills me and i want to give up and take the pills that they prescribed to me that make me sleep all day and have the worst side affects. i know i am not crazy, but its like 'climbing a mountain in a wheel chair'. i've just been enduring and that is slowly killing me too. i actually have a bottle of progesta-care that i bought a year ago sitting next to me. but i don't want to take it and then my husband thinks its the oxcarbazepin making me feel better. please help me, all the women in my family show signs of this. the internet is the only place i even heard of progesterone.
Posted by: rachel
Monday, May 24, 2010 @ 7:27:43 PM
i am using a birth control implant ,can you use this cream while on it the implant is called implanon
Posted by: tubal reversal
Monday, May 10, 2010 @ 3:02:28 AM
are all these symptoms are related with hormone imbalance?
Posted by: Kate
Tuesday, May 04, 2010 @ 12:04:59 AM
I'm in tears right now out of relief that there may be help for me :) Until four years ago I weighed 123 lbs, had 14.5 % body fat, wore a size 4, worked out regularly, felt & looked fabulous, especially for a grandmother! I've been from doctor to doctor with the exact symptoms you describe, with an unbelievable weight gain of 50 lbs & no energy from not sleeping & carrying around this extra weight. (I've never been heavy before) The last doctor who was supposed to be a specialist (endocrinologist) told me I'm just depressed & require antidepressants,for which he was delighted to give me samples. At 52 he never ordered blood work to test my hormone levels or mention it might be menopause. I declined the depression RX but did end up w/an anti-anxiety & sleep RX from my regular M.D. This doctor's P.A. wanted to send me to a special lab for a hormone panel but it was cost prohibitive at $400 not covered by insurance. I am so excited to hear that the progesterone may help. I'm getting some a.s.a.p. Thank you so much for this site & God Bless you!
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HELP! MY SEX DRIVE DROVE AWAY!
You may have chuckled when you read this heading, but a lady really said this to me and she was in tears. This lady said, "I love my husband with all my heart; I believe God gave him to me and I really want him to be happy, but I just cannot muster up any desire and I feel so bad. I pretend to be asleep so he just won't touch me. I'm so disappointed in myself"
Wow! I wish I had the exact count of how many women have asked this question - probably 50,000 over the years, if not more. So, even if this is something you don't talk about to your friends, please know you are NOT alone!
I think men would be surprised to see how sad women are over this condition. Perhaps they think women are just being selfish. This is NOT true. I see and hear tht there is a great deal of pain involved. Libido is not something that can easily be summoned on command and it is not easy to talk yourself into having desire. You can totally adore your husband or wife and think they are an absolute gift from God and still not be able to "get in the mood." What can you do?
GUESS WHAT? In almost every case for women, IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT!
Researchers estimate that 50% of all women aged 20-65 have experienced low libido and I know this is true... it may be more if you count temporary epidoses. Yes, libido can be psychological, but there are many physiologic factors that can be overcome to lead you on the road to restoration.
ROAD BLOCKS ON THE
Anxiety / Anxiety Medications
Hot flashes (make it difficult to feel sexy)
Vaginal Dryness (which can easily be helped)
Hysterectomy / Starting on synthetic hormones
Birth Control Pill (which lower testosterone levels)
NEW DRUGS ON THE HORIZON?
Well, it was inevitable. Pharmaceutical companies have now developed a "Little Pink Pill" which is supposed to be the female Viagra. In June, 2010 the FDA said "no" because the benefits of the drug did not outweigh the side effects, but now the FDA has changed its mind.
What is the "Little Pink Pill" supposed to do? Raise serotonin levels and dopamine levels in women. Well, guess what? You can do that with the supplements 5-HTP and L-Tyrosine.
Read on for more natural help ~
How can I improve my Libido naturally?