Your thyroid controls many of the body’s functions. A low thyroid level, which is common in people over the age of 40, can cause weight gain, brittle hair, and dull skin. Therefore, everyone over the age of 40 should be screened for thyroid hormone deficiency.
One of the body’s stress responses is to elevate cortisol levels, which is produced by the adrenal glands. Elevated cortisol can lead to binge eating, intense cravings, and the inability to lose weight.
Testosterone deficiency is usually associated with male hormones; however, women too can be testosterone deficient. Testosterone deficiency can result in low libido, weight gain, decreased energy, depression, and memory troubles.
Progesterone is a steroid hormone that needs to balance estrogen for optimal health. When progesterone is deficient, women can experience difficulty losing weight, erratic monthly cycles, depression, and anxiety.