Information About Hypothyroid Weight Loss

By Dr. Kevin Dobrzynski


Hypothyroid Weight loss is a common problem for many people, especially those with hypothyroidism. If you have tried every diet out there but nothing worked for you, your thyroid is at fault.

Around 27 million Americans are thought to have a hypothyroid weight loss condition, and many of them don't even know they have this disorder. The most common thyroid dysfunction is hypothyroidism. This is when your thyroid is underactive. The condition does not just affect Americans, but also those living in developing countries.

Weight loss is a losing battle for anyone with this thyroid condition. This is because your metabolism slows down and not even a low-calorie diet can help. In fact, you may even depress your metabolic rate further by causing long-term damage to it.

Here's the real problem...

You may either be misdiagnosed or undiagnosed. Even if you are experiencing all the symptoms of this disorder, your doctor may not successfully detect 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 believe you have a thyroid problem, you must act on it right away!

The best way to start is by monitoring your symptoms. Get a journal and mark your symptoms on a scale of 0= not applicable 1= mild 2= not severe 3= severe, and make sure you keep this going for at least one week. It is recommended that you date all the entries and keep the journal for up to one month.

The next step is to perform a body thermometer test at home. This is one of the easiest ways to see how low your metabolism is.

Place a thermometer by your bedside the night before the test. First thing in the morning, even before you get out of bed, place a thermometer under your armpit for ten minutes without moving. Any movement will throw off the accuracy of the test.

Measure your body temperature for three consecutive days. If you're a female and menstruating, do the test on the second and third day of your period. Also, be aware if you have any current infections because this can make the test 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 weight loss battles go hand in hand, so if you think you have a problem and your doctor has misdiagnosed you, don't give up. See a specialist doctor today who will look into your disorder further.




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