Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Is My Thyroid Causing Weight Gain?

Tuesday, 24 Jul 2012 09:27 AM

Question: In the last few months I have put on 12 pounds and I have felt very tired. I am a woman in my 60s. A friend suggested I should have my thyroid tested. What do you think?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Weight gain can be due to inadequate exercise and consuming a diet that is high in calories. This can also make you feel as if your body is a burden, and you feel lazy, sleepy, and tired. However, many medical conditions are also associated with weight gain and fatigue, and an under-functioning thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) is one of them. Please note that 96 percent of obesity is not related to thyroid or other medical misadventures, but is instead due to improper dietary habits, insufficient exercise, immobility, and genetic factors.
Even with an underactive thyroid, usually only about 5-10 pounds of body weight may be attributable to the thyroid deficiency , depending on the severity of the hypothyroidism. You also tend to retain more salt and water that can add pounds also. However, you will need to visit your doctor who will order tests to determine the cause for your current weight gain and fatigue, and offer the right course of treatment.


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