Hypothyroidism is one of the most common endocrine disorders. Unfortunately people who are known to suffer from hypothyroidism usually suffer from overweight. The problem is that even if you complete the necessities incurred due to the sub-activity of the gland, your body does not always return to its healthy weight. What to do? TL;DR – Diet and Sports – like everyone else.
The problem at the base of the condition is Thyroxine hormone deficiency. The main reason to hyperthyroidism is developing countries iodine deficiency, because iodine is one of the elements of which the thyroid gland produces the hormone. In areas where iodine intake is sufficient for the production Thyroxine the main factor to hyperthyroidism is an autoimmune disease called “Hashimoto”: the body produces antibodies that attack the thyroid gland and damage its ability to produce the hormone.
Hypothyroidism is expressed in slowdown of physical activity and a mood decline. The main symptoms are fatigue, constipation, intolerance to cold, dry skin, hair loss, muscle pain, joint pain and weight gain. One might also develop symptoms of depression, amnesia, impaired memory and loss of concentration. Women of childbearing age may experience menstrual disorders.
There are no magic cures
In order to complete the shortage of the hormone, with under activity of the thyroid gland, patients usually take the synthetic version of the hormone. Many patients who suffer from under activity of the thyroid gland and being overweight blame their thyroid as the cause of overweight, and hope that the synthetic hormone will lead to weight loss. However although hypothyroidism is usually associated with weight gain, it turns out that it is not the only factor weight increase. The proof: the hormone does not inevitably lead to significant weight loss.
In a research carried out at the Medical Center of Boston University researchers followed patients with under activity of the thyroid gland for eight years. The result: Only 52 percent of patients lost weight over two years (at the maximum) from the beginning of hormone treatment, and the weight was reduced by only 3.8 pounds on average. In the other patients significant weight loss was not observed.
Unfortunately only about half of those with hypothyroidism are able to lose weight after successful treatment. The conclusion is that there are no magic cures. It requires, probably, a lifestyle change – changes in diet and exercise – to achieve a healthy weight.