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Thyroid and Weight Gain
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Hypothyroidism

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Urging women to talk to peers about staying healthy and start with ruling out thyroweight.

As a woman, you spend most of your day and time doing something or the other. If you are not worrying about a family member or a loved one, you are worrying about taking care of things at home, or finishing up that pending deadline at work, then back again to thinking and worrying about your family.

In the middle of all this running around and caring, when do you care for yourself? When was the last time you actually got a health check-up done for yourself?

If you feel tired and don’t get enough sleep, feel irritable or go through mood swings, and are always worrying about the change in your weight, or are gaining weight, even though you are taking care of what you eat, maybe it is not you, it’s your thyroid? Maybe the gain in weight that does not seem to come down, is thyroweight.

What is thyroweight?

Thyroweight is fluctuations in the weight due to thyroid conditions. If you have hypothyroidism, you will also feel tired and really exhausted all the time, along with a gain in your weight.

How can you spot a thyroid disorder?

The problem with a thyroid disorder is that you may not be able to immediately relate the symptoms to a thyroid problem. Most of the symptoms that you see as a result of thyroid disorder could easily be due to some other issues. For instance, if you are feeling tired or low, you may think it is because of a hectic work day or a bad day you had at work, or you may think your hair loss is due to the fact that you don’t get enough time to oil your hair!

Do you have any of these symptoms?

If you notice more than one of the following few symptoms, it could be due to a thyroid disorder.

  • Feeling of tiredness
  • Sudden gain in weight
  • Hair loss
  • Dry skin
  • Difficulty in reducing weight
  • Changes in your menstrual cycle – too heavy or too less periods
  • Not able to sleep properly
  • Constipation

If you think you have more than one of the above symptoms, it is best to speak to your doctor.

Why should you speak to your doctor immediately?

Do you know that you have a strong chance of managing and treating your thyroid disorder if the diagnosis and treatment happens early? As soon as you mention these symptoms to your doctor, they will refer a few easy tests to check the cause. If you do have a thyroid problem, do not panic. There are different ways that your doctor will suggest to manage your condition better, including medication as required.

The best way to take care of your thyroid is to get a test done as soon as you can, and take your medication exactly as your doctor suggests. Just remember that these medicines are very dosage-sensitive and any change can impact your health. So do not self-medicate, but consult with your doctor and find a treatment plan that will work best for you.

 

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"If you notice one or more symptoms of thyroid disorders, it is best to speak to your doctor and get a test done as soon as you can!"

References

  1. McDermott MT. Overview of The Clinical Manifestations of Hypothyroidism. In: Werner’s & Ingber’s The Thyroid. 10th Ed. 2013
  2. Joshi SR. Thyro-weight: Unlocking the link between Thyroid disorders and weight. J Assoc Phys India. 2018;66:86-89