Why your inability to lose weight is not just a willpower thing! ‘Losing weight is not just about diet, exercise or willpower’
The urge for the exotic dishes and the advancement in technology are a bane on the weight loss regime. Spending hours at the gym and following a stringent diet doesn't always fulfill the purpose.The fats get stored in the muscle tissues and makes one obese. It is estimated that 25% of male and 21% of women will be obese by 2025. The worry here is that, obesity is a bait for various other diseases and disorders.
Why is this happening?
Why is one unable to lose weight inspite of a strict weight loss regime? Although the reasons can be many, one important underlying cause could be an underactive thyroid gland!
The butterfly shaped gland
Thyroid gland is a small yet important gland present in our neck. They release thyroid hormones (chemical messenger) which has an important role in various metabolic processes (process required to maintain life).
Under active thyroid gland!
Wondering what is underactive active thyroid gland and what consequence it can have?
It’s known as hypothyroidism! A condition where enough hormones are not produced by the gland.
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (a disease where self cells are attacked by immune system)
- Thyroidectomy (removal of a part of thyroid gland)
- Radiation therapy (In case of thyroid cancer)
- Severe iodine deficiency
- Central hypothyroidism (A disorder of pituitary gland)
How do I know it?
Body has various ways to alert us about a particular condition. Here are few symptoms of hypothyroidism.
- Weight gain
- Low pulse
- Reduced sweating
- Shortness of breath
- Problems with concentration
- Hair loss
- Low, hoarse voice
- Enlarged tongue
- Enlarged thyroid (goiter)
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Erectile dysfunction
The thyroid hormones which the body lacks can easily be replaced by tablets. Right and timely diagnosis plays a key role in taking the necessary steps to bring the thyroid functions back to normal. When left untreated, an underactive thyroid may cause numerous problems. In the rarest of cases it can even lead to coma!
“ Don’t mess with the thyroid, it may mess with your body ”