Menopausal Weight Gain and Hypo-thyroid problems

by Carol
(New Jersey)

your is just fantastic...I have forwarded it to my girlfriends and sisters as we are all in the midst of menopause and the chronic complaint about weight gain and middle age spread is becoming ridiculous.. seems like we are all talking about it without any solutions!! We all exercise and watch what we eat but to no avail. I think the weight gains between us runs from 3-15 lbs.. I am the one who gained 15 and was in a funk. I went for my annual physical and my doctor discovered I had an underactive thyroid due to something called Hashimotos disease.. I am now on a synthroid and in 2 months have lost 9 lbs. Apparently this is the most common cause of hypo-thyroid problems and usually kicks in mostly in women older than 50. I am thankful that my internist ran a complete thyroid panel during the course of my bloodwork. It is a good thing to have checked out.

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Dec 30, 2008
Hashimotos disease, thyroid and weight gain.
by: Linda

Carol, I was interested to read about Hashimotos disease - I'd never heard of it. I did want to mention two other things though about the thyroid... first of all we're so busy counting calories, and what we should be counting is chemicals because all the chemicals in our food play havoc with things like our thyroid. The other thing that helps thydroid is exercise because it helps the endocrine system which has a direct impact on how our thyroid gland works too.

Nov 12, 2008
Thyroid problems and weight
by: Cari

Suffering from a thyroid disorder is much more common than you might think - it's estimated that up to 27 million American do.

The thyroid is a tiny gland situated in the neck that produces hormones essential to nearly every organ in the body. It also plays a role in regulating metabolism.

What makes it difficult to diagnoze is that many of the symptoms are non-specific. But generally speaking:

An under-active thyroid (hypothyroidism) is the one that causes weight gain, fatigue, constipation and depression.

An overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) is the one that causes weight loss, anxiety, tremors of the hands and muscular weakness.

A common complaint is exhaustion, feeling run down and having mood changes..

Thyroid conditions are most common in women over the age of 35, and they seem to run in families.

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