vendredi 28 février 2014

Information About Hypothyroid Weight Loss

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.

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.

When you are diagnosed with hypothyroidism, it means your metabolic system is not functioning as it should be. Losing weight will be a constant battle. To make things worse, low-calorie foods may also worsen your condition by slowing down your metabolic rate.

Here is where the real problem lies

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.

The correct diagnosis of this disorder is often missed due to its symptoms. People suffering from this thyroid condition will tell you that their entire body is affected.

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!

Start by monitoring your symptoms. Keep a journal and grade your symptoms on a scale of 0-3 (0 = not present or not applicable, 1 = mild, 2 = moderate, 3 = severe). Keep a journal for a minimum of a week and up to a month, dating all your entries.

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.

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.

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.

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 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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