A member asked:

50, f, graves disease, thyroid blood test normal. i am 5'4, 170 lbs. being overweight does not run in fam. please help ?

4 doctors weighed in across 3 answers
Dr. Bennett Werner answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Graves Disease: Most people with graves disease are overweight due the stimulation of their appetite from xs thyroid hormone. It may seem counterintuitive because you also have increased metabolic needs but it's true. Hopefully, now that your thyroid is getting under control, you can start the new year with new resolve to count calories and take some weight off gradually over the next 12 months.

Answered 3/2/2019

5.4k views

Thank
Dr. Leon Katz answered

Specializes in Bariatrics

Change of lifestyle: Normally graves' disease is associated with a hyperactive thyroid and leads to weight loss therefore your thyroid disease wouldn't explain the access weight. A more likely answer is your age and decreased metabolism. If you change your lifestyle you have the best chance of losing the weight and keeping it off long term. Consider joining a gym it really will make a difference, but make sure you go!

Answered 1/1/2013

5.4k views

Thank
Dr. Philip Kern answered

Specializes in Endocrinology

Thyroid & metabolism: Hyperthyroidism increases metabolic rate but also appetite. Now that your thyroid is normal, it is possible that you are continuing to eat more than you can burn. As you get older, your metabolism slows also. There are many strategies for controlling weight; for a start, increase exercise, keep a log of everything you eat, and consult a dietician or other person who can help.

Answered 1/1/2013

5.4k views

Thank

Related Questions