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Can Semaglutide or Tirzepatide Help Me With Menopausal Weight Gain?

Apr 09, 2024
Can Semaglutide or Tirzepatide Help Me With Menopausal Weight Gain?
Menopause can make it challenging to drop extra pounds, but you don’t need to give up on your goals. Semaglutide and tirzepatide rebalance your hormones and help you lose weight that won’t budge with diet or exercise.

Weight loss is difficult at any stage, but during menopause, it can be even more challenging. Hormone imbalances can cause additional weight gain, making it tricky to shed weight with dieting and exercise alone. 

That’s why at Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers Pompano Beach in South Florida, our providers help you get past the hormonal imbalances with semaglutide or tirzepatide — FDA-approved weight-loss medications. 

These medicines counter hormonal weight gain to help you achieve your weight goals, even during menopause. Take a moment to learn more about hormonal weight gain and how we can assist. 

Why does menopause cause weight gain?

Diet and lack of exercise aren’t the only factors contributing to weight gain. Your hormones help regulate different functions in your body, such as metabolism, fat accumulation, and appetite regulation. Therefore, hormonal imbalances have a direct impact on your weight. 

Estrogen is a key hormone that helps regulate appetite and partners with other hormones to metabolize blood sugar (glucose) and fat. It also helps with fat and muscle distribution. 

As you age and enter menopause, your estrogen levels decline, leaving your body in a hormonal imbalance. That makes it easier to gain and challenging to lose weight as you age and explains an expanding middle even if you’re not eating more. 

Other hormone-related conditions can cause weight gain, including:

  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Thyroid dysfunction and disorders
  • Chronic stress or high cortisol levels
  • Insulin resistance and diabetes
  • Estrogen dominance

These conditions, along with the effects of perimenopause or menopause, can make it even more difficult to lose weight.  

Can semaglutide or tirzepatide treat the menopausal middle?

Our providers are experts in weight loss, including treating hormonal weight gain. We are ready to help you reach your weight goal no matter your age. 

We review your medical history, symptoms, and preferences to build your personalized weight-loss plan, ensuring a patient-centered approach to your care.

We may need a blood sample to evaluate your health and determine if you’re a suitable candidate for semaglutide or tirzepatide. Along with these medications, your treatment plan might include:

  • Weigh-ins and counseling
  • B-12 injections
  • Personalized weight loss plans
  • Healthy lifestyle and diet changes
  • Frequent health monitoring
  • Individualized adjustments as needed

If you qualify for a hormone-focused weight-loss medication, we will recommend semaglutide or tirzepatide. These medications were developed for type 2 diabetes management and are now FDA-approved for weight loss in adults. 

Semaglutide and tirzepatide work wonders for menopause-associated weight gain because they rebalance your body’s hormones. 

Both semaglutide and tirzepatide work like glucagon-like peptide-1 — a naturally occurring hormone in your body that regulates your appetite and blood sugar. The hormone sends signals to your brain that you’re full for longer, helping you lose weight by reducing your appetite. 

Additionally, tirzepatide triggers a hormone called glucagon-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP), which helps your body release insulin and feel full after eating.

Semaglutide and tirzepatide aren’t for everyone. Candidates for these medications usually have:

  • A BMI over 30, or
  • A BMI over 27 AND a weight-related health condition (like type 2 diabetes, hypertension, or PCOS)

If you want to learn more about hormone-related weight loss, we’ve got answers. Schedule an appointment online or over the phone with a provider at Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers Pompano Beach in South Florida, today.