(Hypothyroidism or Underactive Thyroid)

Hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid gland, located in the front of neck, produces too little of the hormone thyroxine (also known as the ‘thyroid hormone’). The Thyroid hormone regulates our body’s metabolism. Too little thyroid hormone slows down metabolism and often causes weight gain. If you are overweight or obese and are struggling to lose weight, it is essential that you have your thyroid hormone levels thoroughly checked by undergoing appropriate lab tests.

There are over seven possible blood tests that can be drawn to properly evaluate one’s thyroid function. Unfortunately, many people only get one test done (the TSH – Thyroid Stimulating Hormone). Although the TSH is the most commonly used blood test to evaluate for hypothyroidism. Most times, this one test is inadequate to properly make an accurate diagnosis of hypothyroidism. Thus, many patients whose obesity are being made worse by low thyroid function, may continue to suffer from weight gain due to undiagnosed hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone).

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism:
  • Fatigue/exhaustion
  • Depression/moodiness
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Dry/course/tangled hair
  • Dry/brittle nails
  • Muscle/ joint aches
  • Low sex drive
  • Heavy/irregular menses
  • Low blood pressure
  • Low heart rate
  • Worsening of allergy symptoms-rashes
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fullness of neck
  • Hoarse voice
  • Periodic heart palpitations
  • Elevated cholesterol
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Constipation

If you think that low thyroid may be contributing to your weight gain, contact us at Worthy Weight Loss. We can assist you by running the appropriate tests to diagnose your hypothyroidism and implement the proper treatment plan to help you correct your hypothyroid, lose weight and improve your overall health.