Have you noticed a sudden onset of weight gain, even though you haven’t changed your lifestyle or diet? Or possibly you have changed your diet and started exercising, yet the number on the scale won’t budge?

The subject of weight can be frustrating- especially when you feel like you’ve exhausted all of your weight loss options. So, what’s next?

Well, it’s important to first understand that sudden weight changes or the inability to lose weight are often a result of a slowed metabolism. Whereas you may have been able to eat whatever you wanted in your “golden days,” now your favorite foods come with a heaping portion of guilt.  What you may not know is that your metabolism is governed by a small gland in the front of your neck called the thyroid gland, which produces hormones that give each and every cell in your body energy. This means that low thyroid production (also known as hypothyroidism) = slow metabolism.

Taking your temperature is one simple at-home test you can take the gauge the functionality of your thyroid. Excess energy in the cells is released as heat and for your body to operate at its finest, your temperature should be 98.6 °F. If you find that your temperature is low (even as low as 96-97 °F), this could be an indicator that your thyroid isn’t producing adequate levels of hormones to support your cells’ energy needs.

Other low thyroid symptoms you may experience include:

  • Fatigue
  • Increased sensitivity to cold
  • Dry skin
  • Muscle aches and pain
  • Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
  • Hair loss
  • Depressed moods
  • Brain fog and impaired memory
  • And more!

If one or more of these symptoms sound like you, then the solution is simple: replace the natural thyroid hormones that your body is lacking. When diagnosing hypothyroidism in individuals, it’s important to take a comprehensive approach and not simply rely on a blood test for diagnosis. At MyVita, our doctors specialize in identifying and treating low thyroid symptoms in men and women of all ages. Get started today by contacting us here or calling 713-661-9995!