The hormones that the thyroid gland produces are involved with most bodily functions, but their main purpose is metabolism. Metabolism is created when the body processes food into energy. If your thyroid gland is not functioning correctly, it could cause problems with body weight.
In the case that your thyroid is not producing enough hormones (Hypothyroidism), your metabolism will run slower. When your metabolism is running at a slow rate, it makes it very easy to gain weight and very hard to lose weight. This is why many patients who have a hard time losing weight often find that the underlying cause is a thyroid disorder like Hypothyroidism, even though they may not know it. Nurse practitioner Brooke Henderson suggests a few of the main symptoms associated with Hypothyroidism are weight gain, difficulty losing weight, constipation, coarse hair and dry skin. In the case that your thyroid is producing too many hormones (Hyperthyroidism), your metabolism will speed up. When metabolism is running at a fast rate, it can cause weight loss.
The good news is, when your thyroid hormone levels become balanced, you can get back to a healthy weight. To balance those hormones, it is necessary to meet with a provider and discuss treatment options. The skilled providers at Draelos Metabolic Center specialize in these treatment types. You can schedule an appointment with a provider on our website's home page.