Why Optimal Thyroid Hormone Levels Matter For Weight Loss

While there may be many possible reasons why someone is not losing weight, when someone has tried everything to lose weight and nothing has worked (eg. eating the correct number of calories, a very low number of carbs, getting into ketosis,  implementing Intermittent Fasting (IF), achieving sufficient daily exercise, improving sleep habits and balancing reproductive hormones) then it may be time to have thyroid hormone levels assessed. If you have untreated hypothyroidism it will be extremely difficult for you to lose weight. Let’s talk a bit more about this.

Thyroid hormone deficiency

Thyroid hormone deficiency is referred to as Hypothyridism, a condition which frequently goes undiagnosed in many people as they approach their 40’s and 50’s. Hypothyroidism will manifest in a decreased metabolism and weight gain aswell as difficulty losing weight. Other common symptoms of hypothyroidism may include fatigue, cold intolerance, dry skin and constipation.

Your doctor can easily arrange for you to take a blood test to measure the concentration of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in your blood. If the test comes back and everything looks good, your thyroid gland is probably fine. 

Caution: Many physicians are still using thyroid hormone reference ranges that are too broad. What some doctors may interpret as a ‘normal’  TSH result according to conventional, out-dated standards may actually indicate Hypothyroidism. Don’t just settle for your doctor telling you that your thyroid hormones are ‘normal’. Ask to see your actual results/values and compare them to the values in the article links below.

For a more exact diagnosis, ask your physician to measure the actual levels of thyroid hormones in the blood (T3 and T4) and to run a full thyroid panel that includes Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3, and thyroid antibodies.

Often a physician or a nurse practitioner who believes in a holistic approach to medicine and health and who is knowledgeable about bio-identical hormone therapy is much more knowledgeable about what constitutes abnormal thyroid hormone levels and is more willing to run the appropriate tests and prescribe the necessary hormones for you. Compare your thyroid results your doctor has provided you with to the values in the articles here and here and, if necessary, get a second opinion. Thyroid problems are very common, and often go undiagnosed see here, especially as we age. You shouldn’t have to suffer.


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