Thyroid and Weight Gain Many patients struggle with weight gain or difficulty losing weight. Weight gain is often associated with heredity and lifestyle. However, it can also occur as a result of an underlying health concern. The thyroid is an organ that produces essential hormones that play a significant role in the metabolism process. When there is an issue with the thyroid, it can lead to weight gain, and the inability to lose weight, among other health concerns. Here at New Vitality MD, our goal is to help each one of our patients to not only look their best, but also feel and be as healthy as possible! That is why, we offer personalized solutions and plans for effectively identifying and treating thyroid concerns. Consult Form FullName*Mobile*Email* SkillsInterestLocationNameThis field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. What is the Thyroid? The thyroid is a heart shaped organ that is located around the middle of the neck, near where the Adam’s apple is located. It is part of the endocrine system, which includes a group of glands within the body. The function of the thyroid is the production of three essential hormones, Thyroxine (T4), Triiodothyronine (T3) and Calcitonin. T4, which play a significant role in metabolism. The thyroid releases these hormones due to a substance called Thyroid Releasing Hormone (THR). THR tells the thyroid to produce hormones that are released into the bloodstream. These essential hormones influence almost every cell in the body, to increase cellular activity or metabolism. If thyroid hormone levels are too high or too low, it negatively impacts the metabolism and the entire body. The Thyroid and Weight Gain There are a few different health issues that can go wrong with the thyroid. Hypothyroidism is a very common disease that impacts the thyroid. It occurs when the body produces too many or too little thyroid hormones. Because T3 and T4 influence the metabolism on a cellular level, when these hormone levels are low, it causes the metabolism to slow down. When the metabolism slows, it results in weight gain, or the inability to lose weight. Symptoms Because thyroid hormones are essential to all cells in the body, symptoms can seem mild or general in some cases. Symptoms and signs of hypothyroidism include: Weight gain Fatigue Tiredness Moodswings Decreased cognitive function Depression Irritability Weakness Blood pressure changes High cholesterol Blurred vision Hair loss Thyroid Testing Specialized blood tests are widely used to effectively test TSH, T4, and T3 levels in the blood. TSH Tests are one of the best ways to initially test for thyroid function concerns. The level of TSH is measured through a blood sample, in order to determine if a patient has a problem directly affecting the thyroid, or if the thyroid is overactive. In most patients, a normal TSH level reflects a normal functioning thyroid. Treatment If blood testing does lead to a thyroid disease diagnosis, standard treatment involves hormone replacement using a synthetic form of the thyroid hormones. This oral medication works to restore healthy hormone levels, and alleviate uncomfortable symptoms. Contact Us If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned, or are experiencing weight gain that you feel may be associated with the thyroid, we here at New Vitality MD can help. Contact us today and schedule your consultation towards improved health and wellness! Consult Form FullName*Mobile*Email* SkillsInterestLocationNameThis field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.