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Does suppressing TSH - high T4 cause weight gain?

Does suppressing TSH - high T4 cause weight gain?

No weight loss: High T4 and low TSH means the thyroid gland is overactive and producing more thyroid hormone.That speeds up your metabolism and you end up losing weight.Reverse is true if your TSH is high and T4 is low, in that case you end up gaining weight. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Rothman
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Weight Gain (Definition)

Weight gain is an increase in body weight. This can be a result of increases to muscle mass, increases in body fat, or increases in body fluids like water. Occasionally, weight gain can be a symptom of ...Read more


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Could a TSH level of 2.6 on a TSH ultra test explain unexpected weight gain?

Could a TSH level of 2.6 on a TSH ultra test explain unexpected weight gain?

TSH: Not likely but you really need to look at your T3 (liothyronine) and T4 levels as well.
High tsh, normal T3 (liothyronine) & T4 = mild (subclinical) hypothyroidism. High tsh, low t4, low or normal T3 (liothyronine) = hypothyroidism. If you truly have hypothyroidism, that may be the cause of your weight gain. ...Read more

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8 yr/o having rapid weight gain eating habits haven't changed and TSH is normal. What are some other possible causes? 48.5in and 80 pounds

8 yr/o having rapid weight gain eating habits haven't changed and TSH is normal. What are some other possible causes? 48.5in and 80 pounds

Weight: Please have your child's pediatrician give you a copy of the growth curves. Share the charts with your child and begin reworking diet and exercise. Be patient and admire the benefits over time. ...Read more

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Are high TSH and rapid weight gain related?

Are high TSH and rapid weight gain related?

It can be: High TSH means your thyroid is not able to produce enough thyroid hormone and pitutary gland which controls thyroid gland and produces more thyroid stimulating hormone, and is usually associated with low t4 (thyroid hormone) which in turn slows down your metabolism and can often cause weight gain along with other symptoms. ...Read more

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No weight gain ever previously. Stable at 53k for 1+ years. Suddenly, in 2 weeks went from 53 to 56kilos. Nothing has changed, diet, sleep, stress. Exercise 30min everyday. Tsh 2.2 in 12/2013. Nervous

No weight gain ever previously. Stable at 53k for 1+ years. Suddenly, in 2 weeks went from 53 to 56kilos. Nothing has changed, diet, sleep, stress. Exercise 30min everyday. Tsh 2.2 in 12/2013. Nervous

Need to be checked: Thanks for asking as this suggests something is changing in your body. It helps that you have already considered many things that can affect weight. Other things can as well, including some medical problems like thyroid disease, and even heart failure. But likely you would have some other things happening as well, and thyroid disease does not usually cause rapid weight gain. Best to get good exam. ...Read more

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High TSH of 28 after complete thyroidectomy four months ago, but I don't feel any hypothyroid symptoms beyond a little weight gain. What is going on?

High TSH of 28 after complete thyroidectomy four months ago, but I don't feel any hypothyroid symptoms beyond a little weight gain. What is going on?

TSH 28: You can be surprisingly asymtomatic with hypothyroidism but on a cellular level the body is not at optimal performance and over a long time it will take its toll. Please f/u w/ you endocrinologist and take your thyroid medicine. ...Read more

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Weight gain, now 82kg, and I am 35 week pregnant, increased TSH level, suggest some methods to reduce my weight. Is any problems during delivery?

Weight gain, now 82kg, and I am 35 week pregnant, increased TSH level, suggest some methods to reduce my weight. Is any problems during delivery?

Weight in Pregnancy: If your TSH is elevated then it needs to be treated with Synthroid (thyroxine) or the equivalent. Your increased weight gain is likely due to hypothyroidism. I never encourage dieting in pregnancy but do encourage proper diet, sometimes with the help of a dietician. Remember to eat for one not two. At this point try not to worry, your delivery will be fine. Lets just have a healthy mom and baby. ...Read more

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Elevated tSH but normal thyroid hormones? Will this cause weight gain?

Elevated tSH but normal thyroid hormones? Will this cause weight gain?

May be: An elevated TSH with normal free T4 indicates that you at risk of being hypothyroid and that can lead to weight gain. It would be prudent to consult your doctor to ascertain if you should be taking replacement thyroid medication.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Can hypothyroidism be a reason for lot of weight gain for men? TSH, FT3, FT4 are they good indicators & do they need fasting for testing?

Can hypothyroidism be a reason for lot of weight gain for men? TSH, FT3, FT4 are they good indicators & do they need fasting for testing?

Yes, decent, no: Yes. Many who are hypothyroid have "normal" TSH, FT3 and FT4 but that is a good place to start. See http://tinyurl. Com/pxz8mkd and http://tinyurl. Com/koyamo5 for more on testing and diagnosis.
You do not need to have a prolonged fast before doing these tests but it is probably best to not eat for 3-4 hours prior. ...Read more

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I have not felt good in about 6 months being fatigued weight gain my TSH level came back in range but my WBC is 14. Is there any causes for this.?

I have not felt good in about 6 months being fatigued weight gain my TSH level came back in range but my WBC is 14. Is there any causes for this.?

Elevated WBC: Elevation of the white blood cell count suggests infection. Thorough physical examination and history. I would be thinking occult infection or abscess as cause for your symptoms. ...Read more

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F T3 (liothyronine) - 2.76pg/mL 2.60 - 5.40; F T4 - 1, 22 ng/dL 0.82 - 1.50; TSH - 0, 99? UI/mL 0.25 - 5.00, Low BG, weight gain, BG drops exercising, post workout ill?

F T3 (liothyronine) - 2.76pg/mL 2.60 - 5.40; F T4 - 1, 22 ng/dL 0.82 - 1.50; TSH - 0, 99? UI/mL 0.25 - 5.00, Low BG, weight gain, BG drops exercising, post workout ill?

Complicated.: Several possibilities. Why on metformin? Dizzy-low BP? CT scan of what? Show anything? 4 hr. GTT with Insulin levels, ACTH, 24 hr. urine cortisol, may help define. Could have hypopituitarism. Rapid GI transit possible. Antispasmodic [Bentyl or similar] may help. ...Read more

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Hyperthyroidism and weight gain, can a low TSH level cause weight gain? And how would menopause effect TSH level?

No: Rarely hyperthyroidism manifested by a low TSH and elevated thyroid hormones can cause increased hunger leading to weight gain. Most hyperthyroids lose (muscle) weight. Menopause has no effect on TSH levels, but as we age hypothyroidism with increased TSH becomes more likely. 20% of women on medicare have elevated TSH and have frank or subclinical hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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Can you have hyperthyroidism and weight gain? Tsh <0.01, ft3 & ft4 very high. Rapid heartrate, but I am very overweight, and cannot lose weight.

Can you have hyperthyroidism and weight gain? Tsh <0.01, ft3 & ft4 very high. Rapid heartrate, but I am very overweight, and cannot lose weight.

Yes: Hyperthyroidism increases your metabolism. Most people will lose weight with hyperthyroidism but some will be able to overeat to compensate and will gain weight. Your level is quite high and need to be treated. Please see your doc. ...Read more

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Had my thyroid removed in 2010 due to papillary cancer. Current levels r TSH. 15 ft4 1.2...Why can I not loose weight? Gain 20lbs since operation.

Had my thyroid removed in 2010 due to papillary cancer. Current levels r TSH. 15 ft4 1.2...Why can I not loose weight? Gain 20lbs since operation.

Probably not: Due to thyroid. What is free t3 (liothyronine). That is hormone free to act in body. If it is low then you are still low. But doubt it. You are just taking in more calories than your body needs to function. Either eat less or exercise more. ...Read more

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2 TSH tests showed 6 (while pregnant) and 5.2 (6 mo. Post pg).Is that enough to diagnose hypothyroidism? Icy hands/weight gain. Transient or permanent?

Need more lab: You Ob/gyn may have already done the following work up while you were pregnant since your TSH was 6 but if not your doctor can repeat TSH and also getting free T4 and T3. ...Read more

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Why Levothy. Not increasing my FT4. 9 or T3 (liothyronine) 88, but only lowering TSH 7 to 3.7? Have been taking for 3 mo. Weight gain & fatigue. 50 mcg mwf, 25 tts

Why Levothy. Not increasing my FT4. 9 or T3 (liothyronine) 88, but only lowering TSH 7 to 3.7? Have been taking for 3 mo. Weight gain & fatigue. 50 mcg mwf, 25 tts

Protein bound: While on therapy, typically physicians will monitor TSH. T4 is mostly protein bound. T3 is converted from T4 in tissues that require it. If you still have hypothyroidism symptoms, you should talk to your doctor so that synthroid (thyroxine) can be titrated properly. ...Read more

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I went to the doctor for weight gain n fatigue. My tests show freet4 11.1 and TSH 1.20. I'm so confused because it looks like hyperthyroid?

I went to the doctor for weight gain n fatigue. My tests show freet4 11.1 and TSH 1.20. I'm so confused because it looks like hyperthyroid?

Difficult to say: Tsh has a longer half life than ft4, so if the increase in T4 is more acute, then you might not see a change in TSH yet. It would be important to repeat the lab tests to confirm them. This can be caused from subclinical thyroiditis, postpartum thyroiditis, hashitoxicosis, graves disease, a toxic nodule (s) or certain medications. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (Definition)

A TSH test measures the amount of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in your blood. TSH is produced by the pituitary gland and tells the thyroid gland to make and release the hormones thyroxine ...Read more