Hypothyroid & Weight Loss

By Dr. Kevin Dobrzynski
The hypothyroid weight loss struggle is a common battle for those with hypothyroidism. If you’ve failed to lose weight despite dieting, it’s possible that your thyroid is to blame.

At least 27 million people in the US suffer from thyroid conditions, and many of them go undiagnosed. Hypothyroidism is the most common form where your thyroid glands are underactive. This condition does not just affect people from the US, but people from other developing countries can also experience thyroid issues.

Hypothyroidism results in a low metabolism, making hypothyroid weight loss a never-ending battle. To make matters worse, low-calorie diets can depress your metabolic rate further causing permanent damage to your metabolism.

Here’s the real problem…

People with this disorder often go undiagnosed or even misdiagnosed. You may experience all the symptoms of the disease but your physician may not recognize the problem.

One of the reasons why the diagnosis of hypothyroidism is often missed is due to it’s many symptoms. Hypothyroidism affects every system of the human body.

The other reason why this condition goes undiagnosed is that blood testing is often inconclusive. The main blood test used to diagnose hypothyroidism, called the TSH test, can miss cases of hypothyroidism up to 80% of the time.

If you suspect that you are suffering from a thyroid issue, you must do something about it right now!

You can start by paying attention to your symptoms. Keep diaries of them by marking each one from a scale of 0 being not applicable to 3 being severe. You should make a note of these for a minimum of one week to a month, and make sure you enter dates.

Next, perform an at-home basal body temperature test. One of the telltale signs of a low metabolism is a depressed body temperature.

To do this test, you must put a thermometer by your bedside at night. First thing in the morning when you wake up, place the thermometer immediately under your armpit without moving or rising. Any movement may affect the test’s accuracy.

Your body temperature should be measured for the next 3 days. Women who are menstruating can do the test on the second and third day of their period. However, if you have any infections at the moment, your test result will be inaccurate.

Normal readings should be between 97.8 to 98.2. If the reading is below this point, you have a thyroid disorder. Your weight loss battle will continue until your body temperature and metabolism rate become normal again.

Present your symptoms checklist and your basal body temperature test to your endocrinologist. Endocrinologists specialize in hormones and are much more knowledgeable about thyroid conditions than regular doctors.

Hypothyroid and weight loss struggles go hand-in-hand. If you’re convinced that you have a problem, yet your doctor disagrees, or your lab tests don’t support your suspicion, don’t give up. Try another doctor and keep looking until you find one that will listen to you. You are your own best doctor and you know your body better than anyone.

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