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A 44-year-old member asked:

could your thyroid make you gain a lot of weight

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Dr. John Washburn
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Yes: Thyroid hormone plays a key role in your basal metabolism. Deficiency of this hormone can lead to a slower metabolism and weight gain.

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Forest Park, GA
A 29-year-old female asked:

What causes weight from having thyroid?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Less energy: Low thyroid means your body needs less energy so it stores the extra as fat.
A 31-year-old member asked:

How much weight will i gain when i lose my thyroid?

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Dr. Louis Cady
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Depends: If you have I-131 ablation or surgical removal of your thyroid, you will be dependent on exogenous (from outside the body) thyroid hormone. Generally speaking, if you are adequately replaced, there is no reason that you should gain any amount of significant weight. This is more a function of the skill and therapeutic vigor of your doc rather than just the fact that your thyroid was removed.
India
A 36-year-old male asked:

Thyroid how much weight can be gained due to thyroid ?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Varies: This varies depending on the individuals and the amount of time you are hypothyroid before correcting it. The good news is once your thyroid level is normal with the appropriate treatment, you should be able to lose weight just like anybody else.
CA
A female asked:

Can you have thyroid with no weight effect? What are the symptoms?

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Dr. Marius Frasie
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
WE ALL HAVE THYROID: If you refer to abnormal thyroid it is unlikely. An underacting or overacting thyroid will produce some symptoms.

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