One of the biggest indicators of a dysfunctional thyroid is a sudden, unintended shift in weight. The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland that sits at the base of your neck. This gland produces hormones that regulate activity in your body, including your metabolic burn and your resting heart rate. When these activities slow or speed up due to a thyroid condition, patients often see weight loss or gain.
Thyroid Disorders and Weight
Weight gain is a common side effect of hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid. This condition occurs when your body doesn’t make enough hormones, which slows your metabolism and caloric burn. Most commonly, hypothyroidism is caused by Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune disorder that attacks the thyroid mistakenly. The resulting damage impairs thyroid function and limits its hormone-producing capabilities.
Weight loss, on the other hand, is commonly seen in patients with hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is an overactive thyroid. Your body produces more hormones than it needs, which speeds up your heart rate and boosts your metabolism. Graves’ Disease, another immune system issue, is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism.
Consider the following indicators of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism:
- Weight gain or inability to lose weight
- Extreme fatigue, even after a full night’s rest
- Dry skin
- Hair loss
- Inability to concentrate
- Muscle or joint pain
- Mood swings, anxiety or depression
- Unexpected weight loss
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Nervousness or panic attacks
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Puffy eyes
- Muscle weakness
- Difficulty sleeping
Taking full control of your health is imperative. If you showcase any of the aforementioned symptoms with no past medical issues or explanations, call your general practitioner.
If you’ve been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and still have trouble keeping weight off, Vanquish™ can help. Dr. Mariano Busso relies on VANQUISH™ Me to help patients minimize fat via multipolar radiotherapy that heats fatty tissue. Dr. Busso has perfected his personal protocol for VANQUISH™ ME treatments so well, his technique was adopted by the makers of Vanquish™, BTL Aesthetics.
To schedule your appointment with Dr. Busso, call 305-857-0144.