Thyroid weight loss problems are not only easy to misdiagnose, they are easy to miss altogether, initially anyway. Why? A lot of the early conditional symptoms can also be a casualty of getting older. It takes several weeks or months for a cluster of symptoms to form that start to point to an underlying health problem.
In-between Diagnosis & Treatment
Things can start off simply enough. It might be with changes to your skin and hair; maybe its joint pain, increased fatigue, weight fluctuations, and menstrual changes. For women especially, it can be easy to mistake the symptoms with the hormonal changes of menopause. As you begin to look closer, and the symptoms worsen, thyroid problems tend to come into focus. This may not be something that you ever thought you would confront, but the sooner you deal with the underlying problem, the better you will feel. The best way to look at thyroid problems is this two extremes on the same line. On the one hand, you have an underactive thyroid that slows everything down; from weight loss to energy level to digestive processes. On the other, and overactive thyroid speeds everything up. The longer things go untreated, the worse it will get. What’s the worst case scenario? Well, for an overactive thyroid, you might experience a thyroid storm. An underactive thyroid can bring on adrenal failure and life-threatening coma.
Look at the Full Spectrum
The best way to diagnose thyroid problems at either end of the spectrum is to get a full thyroid panel. This blood test does more than just look at two misleading hormone levels, it looks at the entire metabolic process that your thyroid gland goes through to produce thyroid hormone. The levels at each stage of the process will give your specialist an idea of whether or not your gland is overactive or underactive. Treatment for either outcome needs to be adjustable. This applies to more than just dosage adjustments. It also encompasses your choice of medication. The best thyroid treatment considers the patient, not just their labs. It also incorporates dietary and supplemental changes to support immune health. Those dietary changes also support thyroid weight loss efforts. People often look for medical explanations for their weight gain. While underactive thyroid does include the symptom of weight gain, it is important to note, that is a single symptom out of several. It takes a lot more than weight gain to indicate if you have an underactive thyroid or not.
Taking a Broader View
Your thyroid gland is responsible for producing hormones that encourage certain cellular processes. One of those processes is the conversion of calories into energy. If you have an underactive thyroid, what that really means is not enough hormone is being produced by your thyroid gland to encourage the proper level of caloric conversion. This translates to some short-term weight gain. There are two words in that sentence that should clue you in to a couple of things. They are “some” and “short-term.” The American Thyroid Association (ATA) estimates that the average weight gained from an underactive thyroid is between 5 and 10 pounds. Most specialists suspect that this weight gain is due to the buildup of salt water in the body when your metabolic functions slows down, not a retention of fat. Meaning; once you have a stabilized thyroid, weight loss should not be a long-term problem.
Adjustment is the Name of the Game
It can take some time for your thyroid condition to stabilize and become manageable. Since this process relies on hormone and iodine replacement therapies, the change may be gradual at first. Over time, your body will adjust to the drug therapy. Once it does, it’s time to focus on other lifestyle changes that will promote thyroid weight loss. If you are still overweight after adjusting to your medication, you will need to adjust your lifestyle to lose those extra pounds. It takes 15,000 calories to create 1 pound of fat. For a 200 pound person to progressively lose weight and keep it off, they would have to reduce their caloric intake by about 500 calories a day. Many patients accomplish this by reducing their intake of soda and sugary drinks and cutting out junk food. You can accelerate the process through exercise. It’s extremely uncommon for an underactive thyroid to cause massive weight gain. This condition is also accompanied by other symptoms like changes to the hair and skin, low energy, and difficulty concentrating. Rather than focusing on thyroid weight loss; look for several signs that are present at the same time. Using a multi-symptom stratagem you will be able to detect thyroid problems more easily. Simply click below to have us Call you or call 212-419-5228. All testing is done on-site and all major insurances are accepted.