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Thyroid Conditions: Symptoms, Causes and Risks

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The ATA (American Thyroid Association) estimates that more than half of thyroid conditions remain undiagnosed.

Hypothyroidism is more common, and this is when the gland is not active enough. This condition can make you feel sluggish and cause you to gain weight. It can also make you feel tired and have trouble with colder temperatures. On the other hand, if you have hyperthyroidism, it means your thyroid is too active. It is producing too much hormone.

Symptoms of this condition include weight loss, a speedy heart rate, and a sensitivity to hotter temperatures. There are many causes for both conditions. Treatment involves trying to reset your body's metabolism to a normal rate.

The most common example of hyperthyroidism is Graves' disease. According to MayoClinic.com, the attack of the immune system on the thyroid gland causes the disease to develop. Extra hormones are released during the attack increase the metabolism.


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Good tips in the article for diet and exercise. I'm glad to see that it focused on diet and exercise as a coordinated effort. to add to the article, It would also be beneficial to monitor RMR, BMI, and calories burned. Then you would have some accuracy in determining and adjusting your diet for weight gain or loss. Online calculators are available for RMR, BMI & Calories Burned at How to Gain Weight 123 calculators so, enter your age, weight, height and activities you have done during the day. The calculator's will do the rest and tell you how many calories you use for the whole day and when at rest. This could help you to know how to adjust your diet to either lose weight or how to get fat

November 18, 2011 - 8:30pm
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