Facts About Hypothyroid Weight Loss Condition

By Dr. Kevin Dobrzynski
People suffering from hypothyroidism often find losing weight a common battle. If you have been trying to lose weight but failed, your thyroid is to be blamed.

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.

This is the real issue

Hypothyroidism is often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. So, you can have all the symptoms of hypothyroidism and your doctor may still fail to 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.

To find out whether you have this disorder, you must take a blood test. However, the condition may often go undiagnosed through inconclusive blood tests. The TSH test can miss cases of up to 80 percent.

If you think you may have a thyroid problem, you will need to take action!

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.

Now you are ready to perform the at-home body thermometer test. Body temperature is one of the most obvious signs that your metabolism is depressed.

To test your body temperature, place the thermometer by your bedside at night. When you wake up in the morning, before even getting out of bed, place the thermometer under your armpit for around 10 minutes or so. Make sure you sit still as any movement will affect the accuracy of the test.

You must test your body temperature for the next three days. If you are a woman and menstruating, carry out this test on the 2nd and 3rd day of your cycle. You should know that if you are currently suffering from infections, the test may give inaccurate results.

Ideal temperature readings should be between 97.8 to 98.2. If the result is below this, then you have a thyroid problem. Your battle to lose weight is not over until your metabolism and body temperature become normal.

You should take your daily journal list and your body temperature test to your ear, nose and throat specialist. These doctors are more experienced in the field of endocrinology than general physicians.

Hypothyroid weight loss struggles can be a thing of the past with the correct diagnosis. Even if your own doctor has been unable to treat your disorder, don’t give up trying. You should refer to a specialist physician who will investigate your condition and advise what to do.

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