Do I Have Thyroid Issues If I Can’t Lose Weight
It is estimated that nearly 60 million people suffer unknowingly from underactive thyroid. One symptom among many is the inability to lose weight. Your thyroid is responsible for the metabolic functions of your body. If there is insufficient hormone supply, you will retain weight rather than losing it.
The most frustrating thing for undiagnosed patients is that the link between their thyroid and weight issues is often ignored. This article will give you the signs and symptoms to look for so that you can prove your case to your doctor.
The Butterfly Effect
No, the heading does not refer to what you’re probably thinking. Your thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland in the neck. It’s hard to believe something so small could be responsible for so much.
When the gland itself does not produce enough hormones, it slows down your body. This slowdown encompasses your movement, concentration, metabolism, and energy level; to name a few. As a result, it is more difficult to lose weight. Thyroid and weight issues have gone hand-in-hand for some time, but it is difficult for an untrained eye to diagnose the problem.
Patients often suffer the brush off when they tried to bring up the issue of the thyroid imbalance. There is another approach to take to this problem that won’t allow your doctor to chalk your struggles up to dietary impropriety and a lack of physical exercise.
The strategy involves looking for symptoms that support a malfunction of the thyroid and weight issues that followed.
Run a Comparison
If your doctor refuses to acknowledge the thyroid problem might be the culprit behind your struggles to lose weight, run your own comparison between the risk factors associated with condition and any signs and symptoms you might be experiencing.
To give you an idea of what that comparison looks like, we’ve included a short comparison test with this article.
- A personal or family history of thyroid and weight issues
- A personal or family history of autoimmune diseases
- A current or former smoker
- Gluten sensitivity or recent diagnosis of celiac
- Exposure to pesticides, heavy metals, and/or radiation (can happen as a result of cancer treatment)
- Iodine deficiency
- Hormonal changes
There are the risk factors, so make sure to review them.
Signs & symptoms:
- Extreme fatigue
- Depression and moodiness
- Cold extremities even in warm weather
- Unexplained weight gain
- Dry brittle nails and hair
- Joint pain
The list of risks and symptoms is quite extensive. Get as comprehensive a list as possible and review it with your doctor. From there, you get the proper thyroid testing and clinical evaluation completed.
Don’t be afraid to get a second opinion when you one. It could change your life.