Many individuals struggling with weight management actually have thyroid issues they don’t know about.
This comes as no real surprise however…
- It is estimated that over 850,000 Australians have a thyroid problem, with about half of those being undiagnosed.
- More than 1 in 10 women over the age of 50 have a thyroid issue.
- Alterations in thyroid function have been closely linked with weight gain and obesity for decades.
Hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid is not producing enough hormone, is most typically linked to weight gain. Women are 7 to 10 times more likely to suffer from hypothyroidism.
However, with the right treatment protocol, correcting thyroid issues does not have to be complicated.
What is the thyroid and how does it work?
The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland that sits in the front of your neck. It has a huge effect on nearly every aspect of health, from weight to heart rate to mood to energy levels.
Yet somehow it is still very poorly understood by the public.
This 3-minute TED video is a fantastic introduction for how it works and I strongly recommend viewing.
Essentially, a poorly functioning thyroid leads to low production of thyroid hormone. This in turn causes a significant decrease in metabolic rate and thermogenesis, which often leads to weight gain.
What are the symptoms?
It can be difficult to identify symptoms of hypothyroidism because symptoms tend to mimic those we associate with ageing.
The most common include:
- Lack of energy
- Unusually sore muscles
- Changes in skin and hair
For this reason it is important to test your thyroid function with a healthcare practioner.
Those most at risk are women over 50, and the risk increases with age.
We can help with thyroid management
Darwin Dietitians can help you with thyroid management for weight loss.
The main aspects we address include:
- Dietary iodine and selenium intake
- Possibility of avoiding Goitrogens
- Reducing dietary and physical stress
- Sleep quality.
Click here to inquire or make an appointment.