What is Hypothyroidism?

The hypothyroid weight loss struggle is a common battle for those with hypothyroidism. If you’ve failed to lose weight despite dieting, it’s possible that your thyroid is to blame.

It’s estimated that 27 million Americans have a thyroid condition and many more go undiagnosed. The most common form of thyroid disease is hypothyroidism, which is a low thyroid or hypothyroid. This condition is not only affecting Americans but also anyone living in an industrialized country.

Hypothyroidism results in a low metabolism, making hyothyroid weight loss a never-ending battle. To make matters worse, low-calorie diets can depress your metabolic rate further causing permanent damage to your metabolism.

Here’s the real problem…

Hypothyroidism is often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. So, you can have all the symptoms of hypothyroidism and your doctor may still fail to detect the problem.

One of the reasons why the diagnosis of hypothyroidism is often missed is due to it’s many symptoms. Hypothyroidism affects every system of the human body.

The other reason why this condition goes undiagnosed is that blood testing is often inconclusive. The main blood test used to diagnose hypothyroidism, called the TSH test, can miss cases of hypothyroidism up to 80% of the time.

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.

Next, perform an at-home basal body temperature test. One of the telltale signs of a low metabolism is a depressed body temperature.

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.

Measure your body temperature for three consecutive days. If you’re a female and menstruating, do the test on the second and third day of your period. Also, be aware if you have any current infections because this can make the test inaccurate.

Normal body temperature should read between 97.8 and 98.2. Any reading below this could point to a thyroid problem. Your hypothyroid weight loss struggles will continue until your body temperature and metabolism normalizes.

Present your symptoms checklist and your basal body temperature test to your endocrinologist. Endocrinologists specialize in hormones and are much more knowledgeable about thyroid conditions than regular doctors.

Hypothyroid and weight loss struggles go hand-in-hand. If you’re convinced that you have a problem, yet your doctor disagrees, or your lab tests don’t support your suspicion, don’t give up. Try another doctor and keep looking until you find one that will listen to you. You are your own best doctor and you know your body better than anyone.

-Eat well and be well,
Dr. Kevin

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