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What to do if your thyroid produces but your body doesn't use it.

By Anonymous December 18, 2008 - 1:52pm
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Unable to lose weight.

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Dear Anon, I am trying to get better understanding of your question. Are you trying to make a connection between your inability to lose weight and a diagnosed Hypothyroidism? How much weight do you think you need to lose to stay within the recommended BMI based on your age, height and body frame? There are many reasons associated with a person’s inability to lose weight. A slow functioning thyroid could be one of those reasons. However, for the most part, blaming a sluggish thyroid for excess weight falls in what it is called the "you wish" category.

According to Howard Eisensen, M.D., director of Duke University’s Diet and Fitness Center, a lot of overweight people sort of hope they have hypothyroidism because it's treatable, but in his opinion, he suggests that it is rare to find someone who's significantly overweight because of an underactive thyroid. Even if there is decreased thyroid function, correcting it doesn't do much to correct overweight because it doesn't cause much gain to begin with. Doctor Eisensen also states “If your thyroid is to blame, treatment should shrink you a bit, but not because of much fat loss”

Another expert, George Bray, M.D. from the Louisiana State University suggests another name for hypothyroidism "myxedema," which describes a kind of swelling from thick fluid-like tissue that is a hallmark of chronic low thyroid. It is very possible that most of thyroid-prompted weight gain is actually due to excess fluid, not fat; correcting the thyroid problem banishes soggy tissue, along with its poundage, pretty effectively.

It is very important to understand how the body works. The human body needs energy to power muscles and to fuel the millions of chemical and biological reactions which take place throughout our system every day. This energy comes from the food we consume in our diet. So think about what your routine diet looks like and the quality of the foods entering your body. The energy you produce to function will derive from them.
Food consists mainly of water and three types of nutrient - protein, dietary fats and carbohydrate which are found in varying proportions in most foods. These nutrients are broken down, digested and absorbed by the body in the gastrointestinal tract, running from the mouth to the anus. Each of these macronutrients is processed and absorbed by the digestive system in different ways. Any surplus will be stored in fat cells (adipose cells) located around the body.

Most of us develop body fat because we eat more calories than we burn in exercise. Given a culture which markets "value for money food portions" and "super-sizing", along with an steady increase in serving size, an upsurge of new tasty high-calorie foods and energy drinks, such over-consumption is perhaps only to be expected. Lack of exercise is also a major contributory factor. However, overeating and lack of fitness is not the whole story, there are many other possible causes linked to wweight problems, including stress, genetics, food allergies, fatty acids defficiency among others.

December 18, 2008 - 10:13pm
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Have you gotten any thyroid bloodwork done?

December 18, 2008 - 2:01pm
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