Are Certain Disorders Preventing You From Losing Weight?

Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is a condition that describes underactive thyroid function. This condition is common among women and can make a sufferer feel exhausted, stressed, intolerant to cold or make it difficult to lose weight. Because the thyroid gland is responsible for metabolism, a low-functioning thyroid can lead to a slow metabolism, therefore making weight loss more difficult.

Because the thyroid gland is highly influenced by stress, mental and physical demand on the body can harm the gland over time. Therefore, it’s important to have the thyroid panel performed through blood work on a regular basis.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

PCOS is the most common hormonal disorder affecting women’s fertility. Irregular periods, excess hair, acne and obesity are all common symptoms of this syndrome. Interestingly, this syndrome can also effect the functioning of the thyroid gland, making it even more difficult to lose or manage weight.

Testosterone Decline

Men can also suffer from weight gain problems. In certain men, a decline in testosterone in the blood can lead to a transformation of it into estrogen as he ages. Therefore, abdominal and chest fat deposits develop in addition to fatigue, concentration issues and low libido.

Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which a person’s body no longer responds to normal regulating mechanisms that keep blood sugar levels normal. Adolescents and children can have this type of diabetes if they are inactive, have a diet high in refined or processed food or lead a high-stress lifestyle. Children with this type of diabetes are generally overweight.

Source: Canadian Living

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