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Weight Gain and Weight Loss: Common Symptoms of Thyroid Disorders

One of the most common causes for unexplained weight gain or weight loss is when the thyroid gland is off balance. The thyroid regulates metabolism, making it an integral component in maintaining a healthy weight. When it is off balance, either overactive or underactive, weight fluctuations are common, along with other symptoms. It is important to understand the signs and symptoms of thyroid problems so that you can seek medical assistance to regain thyroid balance – if necessary.

Hyperthyroidism vs Hypothyroidism

There are two main malfunctions that are linked to the thyroid: hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism.  Hyperthyroidism refers to an overactive thyroid, usually caused by disorders that stimulate over-production of the thyroid hormone. On the other end of the spectrum, hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid is underactive, not producing enough thyroid hormone. Both can have serious impacts on your health and well-being.

Weight Loss and Other Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism

An overactive thyroid revs up the metabolism, causing a variety of symptoms that can alert you to the problem. It is similar to taking too much of a stimulant such as caffeine or other drugs. As it speeds up the metabolism, weight loss is one of the most noticeable signs, along with:

  • Shakiness
  • Anxiety
  • Diarrhea
  • Sweating
  • Abnormal swelling in the front of the neck (goiter)

Hyperthyroidism can lead to serious health problems such as cardiac arrhythmia, angina, heart palpitations and even heart failure.

Weight Gain and Other Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

An underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism causes the body systems to slow down instead of speed up. If you have hypothyroidism, you may experience weight gain even when you are eating a balanced diet and getting enough exercise. In addition, you may notice other symptoms, including:

  • Hair loss
  • Weakness or low energy
  • Brittle nails
  • Feeling cold, especially in the hands and feet
  • Muscle aches or joint pain

If not diagnosed and treated, other serious complications can occur, such as thickening skin, swelling, depression and heart failure. In women, who are more likely to suffer from hypothyroidism, it can also cause heavy menstrual periods, infertility, miscarriage and birth defects.

Both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism can lead to critical health complications, even coma or death. If you or anyone you know has experienced unexplained weight gain or weight loss, along with any of these other symptoms, it is important to have diagnostic testing done to confirm or rule out a thyroid disorder. There are effective treatments available that can normalize the thyroid function and help eliminate the health risks of both of these serious conditions.

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Dr. Lisa Maturo, Naturopathic Thyroid Doctor

Dr. Lisa Maturo, Naturopathic Thyroid Doctor

Dr. Lisa Maturo is a naturopathic doctor who focuses her practice on preventive medicine and hormonal imbalances, with a strong emphasis on treating thyroid disease. Dr Maturo is one of the few practitioners in Arizona certified in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and she is also a partner on Forever Health Network, a listing of hormone balancing experts selected and promoted by Suzanne Somers. Dr Maturo suffered for over 15 years with undiagnosed Hashimoto's, and went through what many of her patients have gone through with multiple frustrating doctor visits before getting it properly diagnosed and treated, so she has the unique perspective of being both doctor and patient when it comes to understanding Hashimoto's and Hypothyroidism, and can truly empathize with her patients.

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