Posts Tagged ‘Hyperthyroidism’

Healthy Weight Gain without the Burger and Fries


by Leah Frankel, MS, RD | frankel@myhousecallmd.com

With over half of American’s classified as either overweight or obese, there is a plethora of information available on weight loss (not that we recommend the unusual “grapefruit diet” your Google search pulled up). While most of us in America are trying to lose weight, have you ever thought about the people out there trying to gain weight? According to the Center for Disease Control (2003-2006), approximately 1.8% of adults are underweight. Adults are underweight for a variety of reasons including a desire to be thin for aesthetic reasons, medical conditions and poor dietary intake (which is common in the elderly). As with being overweight, there are risks associated with being underweight; we’ll discuss these risks as well as common reasons for being underweight and walk you through how to gain weight in a healthy manner without a diet of burgers and fries.

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09 2010

The Thyroid Demystified: Time to have it checked?


by Rebecca Shatsky, MD 2011 | shatsky@myhousecallmd.com

We hear it all too often, “No, the weight gain wasn’t my fault.  My doctor told me I have a gland problem!”  Seems like a reasonable explanation right?  Mass media around the globe continues to remind you that hormones are involved in weight loss and that glands make hormones so…who cares if I haven’t hit the gym in six months and the pizza place knows me by name.  It has to be my glands that caused me to gain a few pounds last winter, right?

While “glandular problem” is not the technical term, colloquially when someone says they have a glandular problem they are most commonly referring to an underactive thyroid.  In medical-ese we call this hypothyroidism. While it’s usually not a life-threatening condition, hypothyroidism is a fairly common disease that brings with it a variety of negative symptoms including excess fatigue, dry skin, cold intolerance and weight gain (i.e. symptoms that can make you miserable).  Conversely, if your thyroid is overactive, you may develop the opposite symptoms: heart palpitations, anxiety, weight loss and heat intolerance.  What’s amazing about this underappreciated organ is that it can be easily checked with a simple blood test at your doctor’s office and any abnormalities can often be kept at bay with a simple medication.  Before you go running off to your doctor, it’s important to understand what the thyroid gland is and how it works.

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08 2010

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