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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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I might have thyroid issues that arent showing up on bloodwork,ive gained weight, taking kelp and now losing weight, so is it thyroid if im losing?

I might have thyroid issues that arent showing up on bloodwork,ive gained weight, taking kelp and now losing weight, so is it thyroid if im losing?

Seems likely: Many with hypothyroidism have "normal" thyroid tests- see http://tinyurl.com/cseyehk and http://tinyurl.com/nrww2qg and https://www.verywell.com/signs-of-a-thyroid-problem-3231530 Iodine deficiency is a common cause; if taking kelp corrects the problem that is better than taking thyroid hormone! Please reconsider statin use- see http://tinyurl.com/43vtf67 & http://tinyurl.com/p48fhko & comment: ...Read more

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What can I take to gain weight if I am on thyroid medicine?

What can I take to gain weight if I am on thyroid medicine?

Eat healthy high : Calorie foods. Eat 6 meals/day. Work on strength training to build your large muscle groups. Workout w heavier weights w fewer repetitions. Sleep at least 8 to 9 hrs/night. Hydrate well w water. Foods to help w healthy weight gain: almonds, cashews, pecans, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, hummus, avocados, granola, trail mix, dried fruits, extra virgin olive oil, canola oil, protein shakes, . ...Read more

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What can I take to gain weight when I am on thyroid medicine?

What can I take to gain weight when I am on thyroid medicine?

Weight thyroid: Thyroid disease whether over active or under active should be treated to normal levels once levels are normal it has no effects on your weight after few months in order to gain weight you can use well balanced foods with good nutritious calories. ...Read more

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How would I know if its my thyroid keeping me from losing weight.?

How would I know if its my  thyroid keeping me from losing weight.?

Lab Tests: If someone's thyroid levels are normal, (and they're not taking thyroid medication), their thyroid is working and they'll need to look elsewhere (usually diet & exercise) for ways to lose weight. Similarly, if labs are normal in someone who is taking thyroid medicine, the weight problems are not related to the thyroid condition, so it's back to diet and exercise. ...Read more

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Having trouble losing weight. It doesn't matter how little i eat or how much i exercise. My thyroid levels are fine. Could it be my meds?

Having trouble losing weight. It doesn't matter how little i eat or how much i exercise. My thyroid levels are fine. Could it be my meds?

Maybe (not) . . .: It depends upon what meds you're referring to. Or as my english teach would make me say, to which meds you are referring. Regardless, Prednisone & similar steroids as well as 2nd generation antipsychotics like Olanzapine are notorious for weight gain. You didn't mention your meds so it's impossible for us to make a truly educated guess. Despite your lack of weight loss, don't stop exercising! ...Read more

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I've done hard core cardio 6 days a week, for 3 years, & eat very healthy, but have a very hard time losing weight. I tested negative for thyroid. ?

I've done hard core cardio 6 days a week, for 3 years, & eat very healthy, but have a very hard time losing weight. I tested negative  for thyroid. ?

Calories matter: Healthy eating speaks to the quality of the food you consume but the QUANTITY is even more important when it comes to weight loss. You MUST track your calories to lose weight effectively. People who count their calories are much more successful with their weight loss. Find a high-tech (app) or low tech (notepad) solution that works for you. ...Read more

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How can I have an underactive thyroid and still be losing weight constantly?

How can I have an underactive thyroid and still be losing weight constantly?

Many possible reason: Weight loss can be caused by many things and you need further evaluation. Also if you are receiving treatment for your under active thyroid the dose may need to be adjusted ...Read more

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Does an underactive thyroid really prevent you from losing weight?

Does an underactive thyroid really prevent you from losing weight?

If your: Thyroid is underactive you will not burn up calories at a normal rate, and it is difficult to lose weight even with diet and exercise. Getting on the correct dose of brand name T4 replacement and restoring your thyroid levels to normal will return your weight loss ability to normal as well. You'll still need to eat less and exercise more, however. ...Read more

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I have trouble losing weight, even though i eat healthy and exercise regularly. How do I know if I have a thyroid problem?

I have trouble losing weight, even though i eat healthy and exercise regularly. How do I know if I have a thyroid problem?

Start with tests but: It is possible that you're hypothyroid, esp. If you also have fatigue, dry skin, constipation, feel cold or have other common symptoms. Ask for thorough testing- most docs screen with a TSH only but many who need thyroid have a normal tsh! ask for a free T3 (liothyronine) & free T4 & thyroid antibodies. It is possible to be hypothyroid with "normal" blood tests if you have type 2 hypothyroidism. See comment:. ...Read more

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My thyroid levels are really high and I'm having trouble losing weight what can I do. And how can I get on synthroid (thyroxine)?

My thyroid levels are really high and I'm having trouble losing weight what can I do. And how can I get on synthroid (thyroxine)?

See your family doc,: Your levels will need to be tested and retested and Synthroid (thyroxine) may be prescribed depending on your TSH usually needs to be kept between 1-2. Free T4 is sometimes used for fine-tuning your doses. ...Read more

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If there is a thyroid malignancy.. will there be dysphagia for solids in the early stages or liquids.. Iam losing weight and troubled ?

If there is a thyroid malignancy..  will there be dysphagia for solids in the early stages or liquids..  Iam losing weight and troubled ?

Need more info: Thyroid tumors may be asymptomatic, show a lump in the neck and may cause difficulty in voice and swallowing. Thyroid malignancies are not that common and it is likely that there is some other explanation for your weight loss. It would be prudent to have an in-person visit with a doctor. Consult this website. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/thyroid-cancer/basics/symptoms/CON-2004355 ...Read more

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How to tell if I have an underactive thyroid gland if i'm losing weight?

How to tell if I have an underactive thyroid gland if i'm losing weight?

No: Weight loss is generally seen as a result of an overactive thyroid gland. Individuals with an underactive thyroid usually have problems with weight gain and difficulty losing weight. ...Read more

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Whats keeping me from losing weight? is it the simvastatin, benadry,melatonin,metformin,celebrex or my multivitamin, i dont have thyroid issues .

Whats keeping me from losing weight? is it the simvastatin, benadry,melatonin,metformin,celebrex or my multivitamin, i dont have thyroid issues .

None of these: None of these medications cause someone to have trouble losing weight. The most important steps in losing weight include regular moderate exercise and eating a generally healthy low sugar diet. Avoid sugar, fried, and processed foods. ...Read more

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I'm losing weight . Have a thyroid problem .. Do I have to take any test. Cos i'm missing my period .. ?

I'm losing weight . Have a thyroid problem .. Do I have to take any test. Cos i'm missing my period .. ?

Thyroid and wt loss: If you haven't had a TSH in awhile that would be the first test o would get. Patients with hypothyroidism maybe at higher risk for celiac dz which can cause weight loss and menstrual irregularities. There is a blood test that can look for certain antibodies found in patients with celiac dz. ...Read more

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I seem to be losing weight easily since tot thyroidectomy 2 months ago for papillary thyroid ca. Is it due to an increased metab due to synthyroid?

I seem to be losing weight easily since tot thyroidectomy 2 months ago for papillary thyroid ca. Is it due to an increased metab due to synthyroid?

Likely is...: The state of your thyroid levels in the months leading up to your surgery the effects of your current dose of synthroid (thyroxine) both could be playing a big part in your current weight loss. The tricky part going forward is finding the right dose to keep you feeling good, keep the weight off, and not overshoot and cause you to have levels that are too high. ...Read more

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I have a lot of pcos symptoms and a difficulty in losing weight. Could this weight loss issue be due to thyroid troubles?

I have a lot of pcos symptoms and a difficulty in losing weight. Could this weight loss issue be due to thyroid troubles?

Yes: Hormones interact with each other and there a variety of hormone interactions with pcos. Many women with this syndrome have Insulin resistance and have difficulty regulating their blood sugar. The thyroid may play a role but most pcos women have difficulty with their weight due to Insulin resistance and elevated testosterone levels. ...Read more

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Have underactive thyroid.Eating healthier, more active.On levothyroxine.Why am i not losing weight.Only my hair!

Have underactive thyroid.Eating healthier, more active.On levothyroxine.Why am i not losing weight.Only my hair!

See your Doctor, as: You might need to be investigated. Maybe your levothyroxine dose might need to be increased. Or might have something else going on. He/she should be able to answer all your concerns. Good luck. ...Read more

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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more