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All About Thyroid Weight Gain
Does it seem like no matter how hard you try you can’t lose weight? Maybe you start to think your thyroid is to blame for your inability to lose weight. While the thyroid may cause weight gain, don’t jump to conclusions until you consult with your doctor for appropriate testing. your doctor will be able to determine if your thyroid is to blame for your weight gain. Thyroid weight gain is a problem especially in women over the age of 60.
What Is The Thyroid?
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of your neck that produces hormones that aid in the regulation of your metabolism. When the hormones produced in this gland are out of balance, it may attribute to weight gain or even weight loss. Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid is not producing enough of the hormones and may cause weight gain. An under-productive thyroid is more common in women then men and more common in women over 60. On the other-side of the spectrum is hyperthyroidism, when the thyroid is producing too many hormones and may lead to weight loss. More people suffer from an under-active thyroid and thyroid weight gain.
Hypothyroidism can be a very serious condition and may lead to permanent damage to your heart and cardiovascular system if left untreated. This condition may be linked to high LDL cholesterol, which is your bad cholesterol that can lead to heart disease and other cardiovascular complications. If you have high LDL cholesterol visit our site and read about the benefits of fish oil and egg nutrition to learn more about LDL and how nutrition can affect your cholesterol.
According to the Mayo Clinic some people are at an increased risk for hypothyroidism. Those at increased risk include women over 60, those with an autoimmune disease or a close family member with an autoimmune disease, people who have been treated with radioactive iodine, people who have received radiation to their neck or upper chest, and women have been pregnant within the past 6 months. Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune response that occurs in 5% of the United States population. This autoimmune response can lead to decreased production of the thyroid hormones and cause thyroid associated weight gain.
Your doctor will be able to diagnose and treat hypothyroidism and other thyroid complications. Once diagnosed your doctor will likely prescribe oral medications to help your hypothyroidism, as well as lower your cholesterol.
Thyroid Weight Gain
Thyroid weight gain is a very common complaint of people with hypothyroidism, as it can make weight loss difficult. This problem can be very frustrating and discouraging. Working with your doctor is a very important step to overcome thyroid weight gain. Your doctor will put you on medications to stabilize the production of hormones in the thyroid. Be patient, as your doctor may have to adjust your medications several times to get your hormones in balance. Your health is the most important concern.
If your hormone production is not stabilized it will likely make it difficult, or impossible, to lose weight. During the process of stabilizing your hormones it is important to eat a healthy diet, to learn more about eating a balanced diet click here. Focus on eating lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, omega-3 foods, and high fiber foods. Get more information on eating fruits and vegetables and fruit and veggie snack ideas. For information on getting more omega-3′s read about fish oil benefits.
If you have other diseases linked to your hypothyroidism, like diabetes or heart disease, consult with a Registered Dietitian for a comprehensive plan to help combat thyroid weight gain. If you are on medications for hypothyroidism and eating well and exercising, but still struggling to lose weight consult with a Registered Dietitian, as well as your doctor.
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