Hypothyroidism is a medical condition that affects thyroid hormone production. It is estimated that over 5 million people in the United States suffer from this condition. Hypothyroidism is very common in women. As a result about 1 in 10 women do suffer from some degree of the medical condition.
The main purpose of the thyroid is to help regulate the body's metabolism. If the thyroid is not working properly it can result in severe weight gain. (1)
Many people are under the assumption that if you have thyroid problems, you are destined to be overweight. This could not be farther from the truth. There are many safe and healthy ways people that suffer from hypothyroidism can loose and control their weight.
Facts about Hypothyroidism
According to the Mayo Clinic some of the main causes of Hypothyroidism include: autoimmune disease, treatments for hypothyroidism, radiation therapy, thyroid surgery, and medications. Some other causes that are as common include: congenital disease, pituitary disorder, pregnancy, or iodine deficiency. (2)
Symptoms of hypothyroidism can start off as being very slight then intensify over time as your metabolism increasingly slows down. At first you may just start feeling a little tired or sluggish, however, over time you will also notices more symptoms such as an increase in sensitivity to cold, constipation, a puffy face, pale and dry skin, elevations in your blood cholesterol levels, a hoarse voice, weight gain, depression, muscle and joint pains, muscle weakness, and for women abnormally heavy menstrual periods. (2)
As mentioned before hypothyroidism, does have a tendency to affect women more than men. Many of the cases that are diagnosed are in women that are at the age of 50 or older. Just because hypothyroidism has a tendency of affecting older adults more often does not mean that younger people cannot suffer. Hypothyroidism has also been found to affect children and teens as well. There have also been instances where infants have been born without thyroid glands or glands that malfunction. (2)
Loosing Weight with Hypothyroidism
Since hypothyroidism affects your metabolism, weight gain is one of the most common and frustrating symptoms. However, just because you have hypothyroidism does not mean that you have to be over weight or lack the ability to control it. There are many things that you can do to maintain your target weight healthy and naturally.
The first thing that you can do is to eat a well balanced diet filled with plenty of organic fruits and vegetables. Your diet should also be free of saturated fat, junk food, and processed food. Next, you want to make sure that you are participating in a consistent and effective exercise program. Not only does exercise help prevent and control many medical conditions and diseases but it also helps shed those extra pounds.
Lastly, many people have found success in using natural supplements to help them loose and maintain their weight. These natural supplements are safe and helpful because they don't have any side-effects.