Workout Wise

squat“The best lower body workout: The squat targets your glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, calves and core. It can’t get much better than that!” - Brooke Henderson, APRN-C

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Having A Happy & Healthy Thanksgiving

thanksgivingEveryone knows that if there were one day out of the entire year where over eating is widely accepted, it would be Thanksgiving. While Thanksgiving should be a day for us to feel open to enjoy a large meal with family and friends, it doesn’t have to be a day that throws off our healthy diet for the remainder of the week. Using Thanksgiving as an excuse to overlook a diet plan or weight loss goal, could lead to a chain of unhealthy habits that can take months to reverse.

Nurse Practitioner Brooke Henderson weighs in on how to have a healthy Thanksgiving, “It seems as though every year the majority of the U.S. population considers skipping breakfast, and even lunch, since knowing that there is a large Thanksgiving dinner in the future. While this seems like something logical, I encourage patients not to do this. Instead, have a healthy breakfast and lunch leading up to the Thanksgiving meal. I would also recommend having a healthy snack before arriving at a loved one’s house for Thanksgiving. This will allow your body to feel fuller, and will prevent overeating and feeling sick after dinner.”

Answering the Big Question: Are Thyroid Conditions Curable?

thyroid check2Are thyroid disorders, like Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism, curable? This is a complex question many patients face when suffering from these conditions. “Can I ever stop taking thyroid medication?” The answer to this questions is: sometimes.

There are no known cures for thyroid conditions yet. There are people though, who suffered from them in the past, that have been able to stop taking medication. If you have already or want to eventually come off thyroid medication, the key to doing so is monitoring your thyroid. This is done by setting regular visits with your provider to have your hormone levels checked.

Thyroid Function and Weight Loss

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.

Monitoring thyroid hormone levels

How often is often enough to check TSH levels?

thyroid checkIf you have a thyroid condition, depending on the patient and provider practice, it is generally important to have your thyroid hormone levels checked twice a year. Thyroid conditions like Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism cause thyroid hormones to fluctuate. The fluctuation of hormones can be due to a number of contributing factors, but there is no one known cause for these imbalances.

“We don’t always know exactly what causes thyroid hormone levels to change,” says nurse practitioner Brooke Henderson. “Sometimes the thyroid gland(s) will decide to produce more hormones, or less, for unknown reasons. There may be an exact cause, but that cause is still unknown today. We do know though, that certain illnesses and changes in weight could mean that your thyroid medication dose may need adjusted.”

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