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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.

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.

Weight loss is a losing battle for anyone with this thyroid condition. This is because your metabolism slows down and not even a low-calorie diet can help. In fact, you may even depress your metabolic rate further by causing long-term damage to it.

This is the real issue

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.

In actual fact, one of the reasons why many people are misdiagnosed is because of the symptoms. This disorder affects the entire system of your body.

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 suspect that you are suffering from a thyroid issue, you must do something about it right now!

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.

To test your body temperature, place the thermometer by your bedside at night. When you wake up in the morning, before even getting out of bed, place the thermometer under your armpit for around 10 minutes or so. Make sure you sit still as any movement will affect 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.

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.

Show your journal and body temperature readings to an endocrinologist. This type of doctor is a specialist in thyroid conditions and will be able to help you get better.

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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