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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Nearly two-thirds of the United States population is overweight. There are many ways to determine if a person is overweight, but experts believe that a person's body mass index (BMI) is the best way to assess an adult's weight in relation to their height. * A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal. * Adults with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight. There are exceptions. For example, an athlete may have a higher BMI but not be overweight. * Adults with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese. * Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 are considered extremely obese. * Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight is considered morbidly obese. A person with a high BMI may have a normal amount of body fat is they have ...Read more


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Hi my TSH 3rd generation result is 100. I have always been overweight and have recently gained a little bit of weight. Have irregular periods and recently there has been issue of constipation. It seems I would fall into the category of hypo-thyroidism. Am

Hi my TSH 3rd generation result is 100. I have always been overweight and have recently gained a little bit of weight. Have irregular periods and recently there has been issue of constipation.
It seems I would fall into the category of hypo-thyroidism.
Am

I'm not sure what: ..units are being used to measure your TSH level, but 100??? In the USA, the standard value that labs use to measure TSH is microunits/ml and normal values range from 0.4 to 4.0 microunits/ml. If you're TSH is 100 mcu/ml, then definitely something's wrong with your thyroid or the hormones regulating it. This test result requires follow up and either clarification or treatment. ...Read more

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Can being overweight be a symptom of a thyroid condition?

Can being overweight be a symptom of a thyroid condition?

Yes: Your thyroid hormone contributes significantly to your metabolic rate. So any abormality that affects your thyroid function can significantly affect your metabolism. This can to an increase in weight. ...Read more

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I am taking my thyroid medication for years after i surgicaly removed my thyroid yet my weight hasnt changed&im still a bit overweight after mysurgery?

I am taking my thyroid medication for years after i surgicaly removed my thyroid yet my weight hasnt changed&im still a bit overweight after mysurgery?

Thyroid: There are a lot of variables so it is tough to say what the problem is. Are you taking enough synthroid (thyroxine)? Is your t3/t4 normal? Do you overeat, snack on sweets/junk food, eat too many carbs? Do you exercise (not walking but real cardio exercise)? You made need to one, a few, or all of these things. ...Read more

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My weight is 48 im not overweight but i'm getting double chin is it because of my thyroid i used meds for thyroid for 1mnth n stopped?

My weight is 48 im not overweight but i'm getting double chin is it because of my thyroid i used meds for thyroid for 1mnth n stopped?

Unlikely, but: Anything is possible if your thyroid level is low. If your doctor says it's low, then you will probably need an appropriate dose of brand name T4 replacement for the rest of your life in order to remain healthy and achieve your maximum potential. Check w/your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a hyper thyroid but am overweight. I'm starting medication tomorrow. Should it help me lose weight?

Keep it separate: Hi Madison, keep them separate. Take your meds and follow up regularly for your thyroid. Weight loss equates to less calories in than calories burned. A diet of small meals with high protein, low fat, low carbs, plenty of veggies, mixed with a good exercise regimen at least 3-5 days/week. It is difficult to create that discipline, but nothing in life worth having is easy. Good luck.Hope that helps ...Read more

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My husband told me I snore sometimes never have before. Not overweight and my b. pressure is 112/78. Take Thyroid meds for 20 yrs.-I am 60. Normal?

My husband told me I snore sometimes never have before.  Not overweight and my b. pressure is 112/78.  Take Thyroid meds for 20 yrs.-I am 60. Normal?

Sound ok: snoring is very prevalent, especially as we age. I treat patients for snoring and the results can be life-changing. Get a tape recorder and run it while you sleep. Set it to voice activation. If no luck with this, get a sleep study done - many hospitals have this available. If you snore heavily, you may be at risk for sleep apnea which can be life threatening. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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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