Elizabeth City, NC
A 54-year-old female asked:

I exercise every day and my weight doesn't change. metabolism is slow. if i don't do it i won't get it done. i think my thyroid is off.

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
A Verified Doctoranswered
42 years experience
It could be. : See you family doctor or an endocrinologist for a full work-up, which in my opinion should include a free and total t3 (liothyronine) and t4, reverse t3 (liothyronine), tpo antibodies, thyroglobulin antibodies, and an iodine level as well as a tsh. My personal experience is that just checking a TSH is not adequate, in spite of the fact that it is being touted as being so. But, that is just my humble opinion and I am sure many doctors have differing opinions. If someone has the symptoms of hypothyroidism, that is the work up i will provide. After years of just checking the tsh, i found that many of my patients who appeared hypothyroid and had normal TSH levels subsequently went on to develop hypothyroidism within a period of several years. The thyroidism was "subclinical" and was missed by a TSH level alone.
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Then see your doctor: You don't seem to be asking a question here. But it sounds like you have reasonable concerns -- and these are reason enough to consult your physician. Best wishes.
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Dr. Edgardo Ordonez
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Weight loss: Certainly, thyroid problems can affect weight change, but more likely it is related to caloric intake. Even with exercise, your weight loss goals won't be attained unless you adhere to a strict diet. Your total calories in must be less than your calories out over an extended period. Reassess to see if your weight loss goals are realistic. No more than 1-2 lbs of weight loss a week is recommended.
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Last updated May 7, 2016


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