Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Sixth Secret of Successful Weight Loss - Have Thyroid Levels Investigated

The final secret is to have your thyroid checked out. Hypothyroidism is another cause of weight gain. It is a result of low thyroxin levels which can be replaced by medication.

Symptoms of hypothyroidism include:

  • Increasing weight
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue
  • general weakness
  • thinning hair
  • loss of the outer third of the eyebrow
  • cold hands and feet
  • dry, rough skin
  • swelling around the ankles
  • temperature below 36.6ºC
Now, I do have the eyebrow issue, and a low temperature (I have been recording BBT for TTC purposes and over the last 11 days my temperature has ranged from 36.0 6- 36.4ºC, though I expect this will be higher after ovulation), but I am clear on the other things. I will try the low carb approach first and if I have no success with that, I suppose I could ask my GP about this.

There is no diet treatment for this - you need drugs, as a result the chapter in this is quite short. You do need a diagnosis though. Blood tests are commonly used to diagnose thyroid problems, but they frequently give wrong results due to changing levels of the thyroid hormones which are apparently released in spurts. Dr Mansfield recommends that blood tests be treated with caution and that the patient be treated as a whole person. He recommends contacting either Thyroid UK or The British Society for Ecological Medicine if you have troubles with a diagnosis.

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1 comment:

  1. I'm sorry that you haven't found the results you were hoping for, but I'm awfully impressed that you have stuck with the process, anyway.

    I have PCOS also... for me, I think it started when I went on birth control pills. Even though "they" say it's impossible. Super frustrating!!! I have a very, very hard time losing weight. Part of why I was so interested in your experiment.

    I'm curious to see what happens for you when you reduce carbs again.

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