Could my weight gain be my thyroid?
As we age, fatigue, skin changes and other physical ailments arise and evaluation of the thyroid should be one of the first labs checked. This is a simple lab/blood draw and the results can help your doctor make a treatment decision. In my book, Second Chance at Health-Learn to Love Active Living, I recommend assessing this prior to starting a program to ensure that your goals can be met.
This is a very common question for mid-life people struggling with weight gain that that they may not have encountered in the past. Ruling out serious disease or other physical condition is the first item on the to do list! One of the more common conditions is a thyroid malfunction called hypothyroidism.
What does the Thyroid Do?
The thyroid is a small gland located in your throat area that helps manage your metabolism. When it functions properly your energy is stable and your body systems work appropriately.
What are Symptoms of Low Thyroid?
When your thyroid is low, which is hypothyroidism, your cells function more slowly and less efficiently and can result in physical changes. A slowed metabolism can result in physical symptoms such as fatigue, constipation or sluggish digestion, depression, dry and brittle hair, dry skin, increased sensitivity to cold, muscle and joint pain and difficulty maintaining a normal weight.
Checking to see if you have a thyroid problem is as simple as a lab test. The lab test is called Thyroid Stimulating Hormone or TSH, and when this is out of the normal range more testing is indicated to further identify the specific hormones that are abnormal.
How Is Low Thyroid Treated?
The treatment for a simple hypothyroid condition (the absence of a more serious illness) is an oral thyroid supplement that is monitored with blood draws and adjusted to ensure an adequate level.
Checking a TSH is standard in weight loss practices, as it is an important illness to identify and treat prior to starting any weight loss program! If you identify with some of these common symptoms, see your primary care provider for evaluation! You can also visit my Ulta Lab Test Nursechrisp site and order the lab test at a discounted rate to see what your TSH level is. If it is normal, then you can be assured that this condition is not a contributing factor to your symptoms.
Whether you have an identified thyroid issue or not, excess weight at mid-life needs to be addressed so that you can be as healthy as you can be! Improving your nutrition through clean eating along with increasing daily movement is the way to do it!
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