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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

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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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 an underactive thyroid. Aside from diet and exercise, what are some recommended thyroid medications to help with losing weight?

I have an underactive thyroid.  Aside from diet and exercise, what are some recommended thyroid medications to help with losing weight?

None : Although commonly believed to cause weight loss, properly dosed thyroid hormone does not produce more than a 5-10 pound loss of water weight. Diet and exercise, that is the key. ...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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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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Can you lose weight if your thyroid is underactive?

Can you lose weight if your thyroid is underactive?

Yes you can: Once your hypothyroidism is treated with levothyroxine, and your TSH is normal, your metabolic rate should be the same as anyone else of your same age/weight/gender, and you should be able to lose weight. ...Read more

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I might have underactive thyroids, my nanna had it and I have symptoms like its hard to lose weight, i'm going for a test in 2 weeks what else I do?

I might have underactive thyroids, my nanna had it and I have symptoms like its hard to lose weight, i'm going for a test in 2 weeks what else I do?

Wait for test: I would wait for the test. Keep a diary of your symptoms to tell your doctor. Don't be anxious. If it is hypothyroidism, it's very easily treatable. ...Read more

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Do people tend to lose or gain weight with an underactive thyroid?

Weight: Children actually may lose weight or "fail to thrive". Adults can gain weight if thyroid levels are low. ...Read more

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How do you lose weight if an underactive thyroid?

How do you lose weight if an underactive thyroid?

Work with your doc: Work with your doctor to ensure that your thyroid labs are in the target range to ensure your metabolism and energy level are at their best. After that, it's up to you to watch what you eat, and exercise to burn more calories than you eat. Lifting weights can help build muscle gradually which can increase your metabolism & help with the weight loss good luck - it can be done! ...Read more

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Is there a way to lose weight with an underactive thyroid?

Is there a way to lose weight with an underactive thyroid?

Yes: Once your thyroid hormone is regulated (with the appropriate thyroid replacement), you should be able to diet, exercise, etc. And have expected weight loss. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Weisman
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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