Why do Hypothyroid patients seem to lose the ability to lose weight?
A large percentage of my Hypothyroid patients tell me they are so frustrated that they can't loss weight, even when they drop to low calories and spend hours excercising. Hypothyroid simply slows down the body's overall metabolism and fat burning. For instance, the adrenal hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine that enhance fat burning lose power when the thyroid is under active. Low thyroid function makes it harder for the body to burn fat by shutting down the sites on the cells that respond to lipase, an enzyme that metabolizes fat. So not only does stored fat refuse to budge, but the inability to burn fat for energy also contributes to fatigue and chronic cravings for sweet and starchy foods. And lastly, since hypothyroidism hinders growth hormone, building muscle through exercise is difficult if not impossible and muscle loss can occur.
It has been estimated that 85-90% of all Hypothyroid patients in the USA have Hashimoto's, with is an Autoimmune condition in which the body attacks and destroys the thyroid gland. The majority of MD's don't order test to diagnosis Hashimoto's, because the diagnosis doesn't change the standard treatment they use, which is to monitor TSH, and treat symptoms. The current conventional health care has no model to successfully manage Hashimoto's. Alternative doctors that are practicing "functional medicine", are usually trained to treat Hashimoto's disease. So, if you are a patient with the "hypothyroid" diagnosis, and are still having hypothyroid symptoms, such as inability to lose weight, hair loss, fatigue, morning headaches, and any of the other Hypothyroid symptoms, call for an appointment and bring any lab work you may have done over the past couple years with you .
Hypothyroid Symptoms: Fatigue, Weight gain, Morning headaches, Depression, Constipation, Hypersensitivity to cold weather, Poor circulation and numbness in hands and feet.,Muscle cramps while at rest., Increased susceptibility to colds and other viral or bacterial infections and difficultry recovering from them., Slow wound healing., Excessive amount of sleep required to function properly., Chronic digestive problems, including lack of stomach acid (hypochlorhydria)., Itchy, dry skin., Dry or brittle hair., Hair falls out easily., Dry skin., Low auxiliary (body heat) temperature., Edema, especially facial swelling., Lossof outer portion of eyebrows.