Symptoms Of Low Thyroid Function Mayo

Hyperthyroidism is a result of excess thyroid hormone production, causing an overactive metabolism and increased speed of all the body's processes.

Thyroid hormone generally controls the pace of all of the processes in the body. This pace is called your metabolism. If there is too much thyroid hormone, every function of the body tends to speed up. The thyroid gland regulates the body temperature by secreting two hormones that control how quickly the body burns calories and energy. If the thyroid produces too much hormone, the condition is called hyperthyroidism, but if too little is produced the result is hypothyroidism.

Treating Graves' Disease or Hyperthyroidism will involve not only psychological and physical efforts, but also it is very important to monitor what you eat and drink. Besides the 3 popular options for treating Hyperthyroidism- anti-thyroid drugs, RAI treatment and surgery, there are many herbs that can dramatically improve your condition.

One of the most safety herbs that is used to treat Hyperthyroidism and Graves' Disease is Lemon Balm.

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) is frequently used also as an attractive edible garnish, and it can be made into a tea. The leaves give off a delightful lemony aroma when they are crushed or torn before the flowers appear, but the taste and odor are altered after flowering.

Lemon balm has been historically used for treating anxiety and heart palpitations, which are some of the most debilitating symptoms of Hyperthyroidism and Graves' disease.

Lemon balm lowers TSH levels and has been used to treat Hyperthyroidism and Graves disease. Rosmarinic acid in Lemon Balm apparently binds to thyrotropin (TSH) and keeps it from connecting with the gland. This action is relatively weak, but I guarantee you that it will calm you down, will help your insomnia and reduce your stress levels which is extremely important when treating Hyperthyroidism or Grave's Disease.

Lemon Balm is used also as a remedy for insomnia or for digestive discomfort and gas.

Lemon Balm is taken internally (usually as a tea) primarily for relaxation. Thus, The PDR for Herbal Medicines declares it is used for "nervous agitation, sleeping problems, and functional gastrointestinal complaints. "Functional" problems are those attributed in part to psychological factors such as stress.

The tea is made by pouring 1 cup of hot water over 2 g (about 2 teaspoons) of dried leaf, steeping five to ten minutes, and straining. Two to three cups daily are usually consumed, and there is no limit on the duration of treatment.

Another herb that is very useful for treating Graves’’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism is Bugleweed (Lycopus). Bugleweed has a considerable folk history for treating thyroid conditions, and modern research supports this use. This herb inhibits iodine metabolism and reduces the amount of hormone that's produced by thyroid cells.

Leaf extracts are more active than root extracts. The recommended oral preparation is a tincture (alcohol extract) rather than a tea.

Verbena (Verbena, various species). Often called vervain, verbena seems to have similar properties as Bugleweed and Lemon Balm. Extracts have been shown to suppress thyroid hormone production by influencing levels of TSH in the body.

A combination of the Verbena, Lemon Balm and Bugleweed can help tremendously people suffering from Hyperthyroidism or Graves’ Disease. No side effects or symptoms of toxicity have been reported with none of them, but these herbs are not recommended to be used by pregnant or breast-feeding women. In all cases - consult a herbalist before taking any of them.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are the chances this is something serious?
    I am a 14 y.o. girl and i have Hoshimoto's disease. ive been taking medication almost as long as i can remember for it and i go in for my annual checkup. today i went and she found a nodule on my thyroid and im freaked out..what if its serious and its cancer? what are the chances that it is?
    PS. a month ago i had an achy feeling in my throid and iver summer i play lacrosse and i got hit in the throat with the ball really hard.

    • ANSWER:
      Catching a lacrosse ball in the throat had to have hurt big time. I got hit with a lacrosse ball near the top of my thigh once. I was lame for days. I would have had to go to the doctor, but Dad was a sports trainer and knew what to do. It's likely the bruising to your thyroid has caused a small nodule.

      From the Mayo clinic.

      Complications
      By Mayo Clinic staff

      Left untreated, an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) caused by Hashimoto's disease can lead to a number of health problems:

      Goiter. Constant stimulation of your thyroid to release more hormones may cause the gland to become enlarged, a condition known as goiter. Hypothyroidism is one of the most common causes of goiter. Although generally not uncomfortable, a very large goiter can affect your appearance and may interfere with swallowing or breathing.
      Heart problems. Hashimoto's disease also may be associated with an increased risk of heart disease, primarily because high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol — the "bad" cholesterol — can occur in people with an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism). If left untreated, hypothyroidism can lead to an enlarged heart and, in rare cases, heart failure.
      Mental health issues. Depression may occur early in Hashimoto's disease and may become more severe over time. Hashimoto's disease can also cause sexual desire (libido) to decrease in both men and women and can lead to slowed mental functioning.
      Myxedema (mik-suh-DEE-muh). This rare, life-threatening condition can develop due to long-term hypothyroidism as a result of untreated Hashimoto's disease. Its signs and symptoms include intense cold intolerance and drowsiness followed by profound lethargy and unconsciousness. A myxedema coma may be triggered by sedatives, infection or other stress on your body. Myxedema requires immediate emergency medical treatment.
      Birth defects. Babies born to women with untreated hypothyroidism due to Hashimoto's disease may have a higher risk of birth defects than do babies born to healthy mothers. Doctors have long known that these children are more prone to intellectual and developmental problems. There may be a link between hypothyroid pregnancies and birth defects, such as cleft palate. A connection also exists between hypothyroid pregnancies and heart, brain and kidney problems in infants. If you're planning to get pregnant or if you're in early pregnancy, be sure to have your thyroid level checked.

      Nowhere does it reference a link between Hashimoto's disease and thyroid cancer.

  2. QUESTION:
    How do you know if your depressed?
    Everything makes me mad, i can't sleep at night, i have no appetite, i hate being around other people, and noises and sounds trigger my anger quickly.

    • ANSWER:
      The only real way to find out if you are really depressed is by going to a doctor and being diagnosed. But you do have symptoms of depresson. I'm slowly getting over depression and I can't sleep for more than 5 hours a night, only eat when I'm starving, I cry a lot and I feel like there's no hope.
      Those are just my symptoms; According to Mayo Clinic, these are their symptoms:
      ■Feelings of sadness or unhappiness
      ■Irritability or frustration, even over small matters
      ■Loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities
      ■Reduced sex drive
      ■Insomnia or excessive sleeping
      ■Changes in appetite — depression often causes decreased appetite and weight loss, but in some people it causes increased cravings for food and weight gain
      ■Agitation or restlessness — for example, pacing, hand-wringing or an inability to sit still
      ■Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
      ■Indecisiveness, distractibility and decreased concentration
      ■Fatigue, tiredness and loss of energy — even small tasks may seem to require a lot of effort
      ■Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or blaming yourself when things aren't going right
      ■Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
      ■Frequent thoughts of death, dying or suicide
      ■Crying spells for no apparent reason
      ■Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches
      For some people, depression symptoms are so severe that it's obvious something isn't right. Others people feel generally miserable or unhappy without really knowing why.

      Depression affects each person in different ways, so depression symptoms vary from person to person. Inherited traits, age, gender and cultural background all play a role in how depression may affect you.

      The causes could be:
      ■Biological differences. People with depression appear to have physical changes in their brains. The significance of these changes is still uncertain but may eventually help pinpoint causes.
      ■Neurotransmitters. These naturally occurring brain chemicals linked to mood are thought to play a direct role in depression.
      ■Hormones. Changes in the body's balance of hormones may be involved in causing or triggering depression. Hormone changes can result from thyroid problems, menopause and a number of other conditions.
      ■Inherited traits. Depression is more common in people whose biological family members also have the condition. Researchers are trying to find genes that may be involved in causing depression.
      ■Life events. Events such as the death or loss of a loved one, financial problems and high stress can trigger depression in some people.
      ■Early childhood trauma. Traumatic events during childhood, such as abuse or loss of a parent, may cause permanent changes in the brain that make you more susceptible to depression.

      And maybe, because you said everything makes you mad you might have Bi Polar Disorder.
      Symptoms of Bi-Polar are:
      ■Bipolar I disorder. Mood swings with bipolar I cause significant difficulty in your job, school or relationships. Manic episodes can be severe and dangerous.
      ■Bipolar II disorder. Bipolar II is less severe than bipolar I. You may have an elevated mood, irritability and some changes in your functioning, but generally you can carry on with your normal daily routine. Instead of full-blown mania, you have hypomania — a less severe form of mania. In bipolar II, periods of depression typically last longer than periods of hypomania.
      ■Cyclothymia. Cyclothymia is a mild form of bipolar disorder. With cyclothymia, hypomania and depression can be disruptive, but the highs and lows are not as severe as they are with other types of bipolar disorder.

      Bipolar disorder symptoms reflect a range of moods.
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      The exact symptoms of bipolar disorder vary from person to person. For some people, depression causes the most problems; for other people manic symptoms are the main concern. Symptoms of depression and symptoms of mania or hypomania may also occur together. This is known as a mixed episode.

      Manic phase of bipolar disorder
      Signs and symptoms of the manic or hypomanic phase of bipolar disorder can include:

      ■Euphoria
      ■Extreme optimism
      ■Inflated self-esteem
      ■Poor judgment
      ■Rapid speech
      ■Racing thoughts
      ■Aggressive behavior
      ■Agitation or irritation
      ■Increased physical activity
      ■Risky behavior
      ■Spending sprees or unwise financial choices
      ■Increased drive to perform or achieve goals
      ■Increased sex drive
      ■Decreased need for sleep
      ■Inability to concentrate
      ■Careless or dangerous use of drugs or alcohol
      ■Frequent absences from work or school
      ■Delusions or a break from reality (psychosis)
      ■Poor performance at work or school
      Depressive phase of bipolar disorder
      Signs and symptoms of the depressive phase of bipolar disorder can include:

      ■Sadness
      ■Hopelessness
      ■Suicidal thoughts or behavior
      ■Anxiety
      ■Guilt
      ■Sleep problems
      ■Low appetite o

  3. QUESTION:
    How is anorexia diagnosed?
    I was just wondering how doctors diagnosed them as being anorexic. Like what kinds of tests they have to take and the criteria.

    • ANSWER:
      Tests and diagnosis
      By Mayo Clinic staff

      When doctors suspect someone has anorexia, they typically run a battery of tests and exams to help pinpoint a diagnosis, rule out medical causes for the weight loss and also check for any related complications.

      These exams and tests generally include:

      * Physical exam. This may include measuring your height and weight; checking your vital signs, such as heart rate, blood pressure and temperature; checking your skin and nails for dryness or other problems; listening to your heart and lungs; and examining your abdomen.
      * Laboratory tests. These may include a complete blood count (CBC), as well as more specialized blood tests to check electrolytes and protein as well as functioning of your liver, kidney and thyroid. A urinalysis also may be done.
      * Psychological evaluation. A doctor or mental health provider can assess thoughts, feelings and eating habits. Psychological self-assessments and questionnaires also are used.
      * Other studies. X-rays may be taken to check for broken bones, pneumonia or heart problems. Electrocardiograms may be done to look for heart irregularities. Bone density testing may be done to check your bone health. Testing may also be done to determine how much energy your body uses, which can help in planning nutritional requirements.

      Diagnostic criteria for anorexia
      To be diagnosed with anorexia, you generally must meet criteria spelled out in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DMS), published by the American Psychiatric Association.

      DSM diagnostic criteria for anorexia are:

      * Refusal to maintain a body weight that is at or above the minimum normal weight for your age and height
      * Intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, even though you're underweight
      * Denying the seriousness of having a low body weight, or having a distorted image of your appearance or shape
      * In women who've started having periods, the absence of a period for at least three consecutive menstrual cycles

      Some medical professionals believe these criteria are too strict or don't accurately reflect symptoms in some people. Some people may not meet all of these criteria but still have an eating disorder and need professional help.

  4. QUESTION:
    not anemia what is it?
    so i had most of the symptoms of anemia (when i looked them up online) but i went to the doctor and got a blood test and it wasnt that or thyroid problems so what could it be?

    could it really be from not eating enough?
    i am depressed....could that be it?

    • ANSWER:
      Get a copy of your blood test results including ranges. Make sure you are in the middle of the ranges and look up any results that are near the edges. Doctors sometimes misread blood test results and sometimes the ranges are in error on the report pages.

      I have checked out ranges on the Internet because my lab listed something of mine as normal and it wasn't. I looked at ranges from the best places like Mayo clinic and Johns-Hopkins.

      I had very low iron levels and they were within the normal range. The range was huge, something like 300-400 points. By researching on the Internet, I discovered that my level was too low to feel good and I had to raise my iron level 50 points which I just recently accomplished.

      I ran into a thyroid researcher the other day and he is researching mild thyroid disease which is not picked up by normal physicians because the thyroid numbers are within range but too low to function well.

      So, double check your blood test and then research depression. There are over-the-counter treatments for depression such as St. John's Wort and Sam-E etc. You can try them and see if they correct the problem. Check out side effects because it maybe possible to try them with no effect if you are not depressed. Mild depression called dysthymia has not responded well to anti-depressant medication according to recent research.

  5. QUESTION:
    Feed up and tried it all?
    I Want to lose weight I'm 22st 28yo clinically depressed truck driver so very little spare time my goal is to get to 15-16 st iv tried Atkins ever prescription pill and diet available under gp supervision even applied for gastronomic band and surgery but refused due to not being FAT enough!
    So what now is starvation my only option (3 weeks should be suficiant)?
    Help please
    (my diet isn't an issue)

    • ANSWER:
      "my diet isn't an issue" at 22st (308#) have you had your thyroid tested? I would suggest you take the at home Barnes Basal Temperature test to check thyroid function. Although the BBTT can be a good indicator of thyroid function it is not infallible and should be taken in the context of symptoms, medical history and blood tests.

      The body is built for survival, lower calories & the body shuts down the metabolism to function on minimal calories. Starvation would cause a loss of lean tissues (including vital organs like the heart) & very little fat stores. Lean tissues become calorie drain luxuries during famine & are the first for the body to dispose. Fat stores require very few calories to maintain so are preserved. Late stage anorexics can be 50% fat - just bones & fat - life ends when there is not enough lean tissues left to catabolize for nutrition. There is no nutrition in fat stores, only energy.

      Studies have shown that some people can gain fat stores even on a semi starvation diet of 1000 calories a day - if it's composition is high carb, low fat. So obviously, calories aren't the key to fat loss.

      Low carb has outperformed any other plan, including fasting. A study was done - one group ate a high fat diet, the other fasted (didn't eat at all) both groups lost the same amount of "weight" but the group that ate the high fat diet lost mostly fat stores & the group that didn't eat at all lost mostly their own lean tissues.

      Unfortunately, anyone who accumulates over 30# of excess fat is more than likely insulin resistant. Long term ingestion of highly refined carbs "burn out" the insulin receptors on muscle cells, so calories go directly to fat cells, leaving muscle cells screaming for nutrition. Exercise forces muscles to accept glucose out of the bloodstream without the need for insulin.

      Most people get obese because their bodies just can't process carbs any more. They become insulin resistant & carbs go straight to fat cells. As healthy as fruit may be, it just doesn't promote fat loss. The body won't release fat stores until the blood stream is free of insulin. In someone insulin resistant, the insulin response is too sensitive & produces too much insulin.

      I would suggest you do Atkins original program, which was created for obese patients. The "new Atkins" starts at 20g net carbs per day but for those that are so metabolically challenged, even these minimal carbs are too much.

      Do NOT use the Atkins Bars or shakes or any other manufactured food product.

      For 3 weeks eat all you want - high calories are preferable to keep the metabolism in top fat burning mode, but track your calories & your fat ratio - make sure your meals have 80% of the calories coming from dietary fats. Keep your carb level to less than 5g net carbs & don't have all 5g at one sitting. Small lettuce & celery salads are allowed with meals if they have a fat based dressing. No citric acid or artificial sweeteners for these 2 weeks (no diet drink mixes)

      Every day include these 2 items in your menu plan. Together they are 1000 calories 80% of calories from fat - 90g fat - 3g net carbs. If you need additional fat or calories, you can add a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil to the ground flax seed cereal. I highly recommend virgin coconut oil for people needing quick energy - coconut oil is the only fat that is converted to quick energy like a carb.

      Half an avocado mashed with 2 ounces of mayo seasoned with cayenne & eaten with pork rinds or celery.

      Ground flax seed (4 Tbsp) 1/4 cup water, artificial sweetener, mix in a raw egg - let sit 10 min. to absorb liquid, put some cream cheese in the middle & nuke 2 min for daily fiber needs.

      Simple carbs are addictive & can be disastrous to health. The best way to break the addiction is NO carbs for 3 days. Make a batch of deviled eggs, eat one every time you want "something" - have huge omelets with bacon, sausage & cheese - pork rinds & avocado dip or tuna/chicken/egg salad - sugar free cheese cake. Eat so much you won't feel deprived of anything. By the 4th day, the addiction will be gone & the low carb way of eating will create a natural appetite suppression that makes it much easier to make healthy choices.

      *IF* you lost weight on this program, after 3 weeks, you can slowly add in 5g net carbs per week of green veg - salad vegs first week & then higher carb vegs the week after *IF* you continue to lose weight.

      If you follow these instructions & do not lose weight, then there is one last program to try but I think this should work for even the most metabolically resistant.

  6. QUESTION:
    What is Male Vitality?
    What is it? What does it do? Does anyone know? Is it good or bad?? Should i use it?

    I dnt knw why but i have a bottle of that they are like blue pills. I thought it was viagra lol. But wat is it tho?

    • ANSWER:
      Testosterone therapy: Key to male vitality?
      Considering testosterone therapy to help you feel younger and more vigorous as you age? Know the risks before you make your decision.

      By Mayo Clinic staff
      The possibilities of testosterone therapy are enticing — increase your muscle mass, sharpen your memory and concentration, boost your libido, and improve your energy level. As you get older, testosterone therapy may sound like the ultimate anti-aging formula. Yet the health benefits of testosterone therapy for age-related decline in testosterone aren't as clear as they may seem. Find out what's known — and not known — about testosterone therapy for normal aging.

      What is testosterone?

      The influence of testosterone
      Testosterone is a hormone produced primarily in the testicles. Testosterone helps maintain men's:

      Bone density
      Fat distribution
      Muscle strength and mass
      Red blood cell production
      Sex drive
      Sperm production

      Hypogonadism is a disease in which the body is unable to produce normal amounts of testosterone due to a problem with the testicles or with the pituitary gland that controls the testicles. Testosterone replacement therapy can improve the signs and symptoms of low testosterone in these men. Doctors may prescribe testosterone as injections, pellets, patches or gels.

      What happens to testosterone levels with age?

      Testosterone peaks during adolescence and early adulthood. As you get older, your testosterone level gradually declines — typically about 1 percent a year after age 30. It is important to determine in older men if a low testosterone level is simply due to the decline of normal aging or if it is due to a disease (hypogonadism).

      Does a naturally declining testosterone level cause the signs and symptoms of aging?

      Not necessarily. Men can experience many signs and symptoms as they age, and some may occur as a result of lower testosterone levels and can include:

      Changes in sexual function. This may include reduced sexual desire, fewer spontaneous erections — such as during sleep — and infertility.

      Changes in sleep patterns. Sometimes low testosterone causes insomnia or other sleep disturbances.

      Physical changes. Various physical changes are possible, including increased body fat, reduced muscle bulk and strength, and decreased bone density. Swollen or tender breasts (gynecomastia) and hair loss are possible. You may experience hot flashes and have less energy than you used to.
      Emotional changes. Low testosterone may contribute to a decrease in motivation or self-confidence. You may feel sad or depressed, or have trouble concentrating or remembering things.

      It's important to note that some of these signs and symptoms are a normal part of aging. Others can be caused by various underlying factors, including medication side effects, thyroid problems, depression and excessive alcohol use. A blood test is the only way to diagnose a low testosterone level.

  7. QUESTION:
    Low Grade fevers 3 months after Gall bladder surgery! Please Help me!?
    I am 29F and had a gall bladder removal on Jan. 9th. After wards the surgeon didn't come see me and I didn't get release papers, though I've had two surgeries before, so I knew what's normal and what's not. They had me spend the night I felt fine and incision sites were fine, and no fever. The next day they sent me home. Still feeling fine until later that night my incisions started to turn red and start to get puss. I had a Dr call in Antibiotics. They didn't seem to work, so they put me on a different kind and that didn't work. It is not April 13th and I'm still having fevers. They run from 99.3 when waking and when just walking around or going to the Dr office and back they will get higher usually around 100.5 but they have gone as high as 101.8. I also have stomach pain after eating, my incision sites still hurt, two out of the four still have not heeled properly, I'm exhausted easily, have only been eating about 800 calories but gained 28 lbs in the first 8 wks now I'm stuck at 23 lbs heavier than normal. Lost a few but not much. Also my waist went from 27 inches to at one time 39 inches. I'm a model and actress and they're is no way of being able to work like this. I also will get dizzy spells from time to time and went through a time where I had a migraine everyday for about two months thank goodness that's gotten a lot better. My stomach is still very tender and I can't lift anything without pain and feeling nausous. Have gone to Cedars, UCLA and even went all the way to Mayo in MN and all the Dr's either tell me I'm crazy eventhough my parents have been there by my side through it all and have seen what I'm going through or they tell me I'm healing fine. Why are they not worried about the fevers? Oh and this past week I've gotten golf ball size boils on my legs and my gums have gotten inflamed, itchy and red. What can that be caused from? To me I think I have a staph infection. Does anyone else have a story like this or knows what's going on??? Please please help me!! THank you!!

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like something is going on that is probably infection - related. You might ask for a referral to an infecious disease specialist to get a second opinion. Make a daily record of your temperatures and other symptoms. What makes the stomach pain better or worse and how long does it last? An infection can make you nauseous, but so can a lot of disorders related to your stomach or gallbladder or liver. Have they checked you for an autoimmune disorder or thyroid disorder, Weight gain can be associated with hypothyroidism. Why was your gallbladder removed? Have they done blood cultures when your temperature is elevated?

      Sometimes, when doctors don't see the obvious, they want to diagnose you with something psych related such as panic attack or obsessing about your body. You might try seeing a nurse practitioner or physician assistant for a change....sometimes, I have had better experiences with them than with a physician and are sometimes more thorough.

      If you aren't feeling well and not exercising, it will make it easier to gain weight, but as said earlier, some hormonal disorders can also cause this. Keep a record of EVERYTHING you eat and drink and how much to make sure you are counting your calories correctly.

      Have they done any labwork on you to check your blood counts, blood cultures, thyroid, liver function tests, etc.,? If not, ask your family doctor to check some of these things. By this time, your incisions should be all healed in a healthy person.

  8. QUESTION:
    thyroid question . under or over?
    i have made a post about my thyroid issue. but i am going to add more details to maybe give me a more direct answer before going to the doctors.
    When i wake up in the morning my oral temp is about 96f and at the end of the day 99f. i feel a major difference in energy performance and blood circulation from the morning to the end of the day. when i wake up in the morning it feels like i can just sit in bed all day and have no energy. thats one of the main things is how i feel. my girlfriend always asks why am i tweaking and its 11pm at night and i have alot more energy after my body warmed up and its almost bed time. lol.. another thing i have a problem with is my hands and feet like 2 or 3 times a week get cold . not sure if its somthing i eat or dont eat. i eat very healthy and i eat alot. i have taken vitamins and minerals but doesnt seem to fix the problem. If i take an iron pill it seems to help my cold hands and feet but doesnt help my out of breath or rapid heartrate. I woke up this morning noticing i breathed through my nose all night because when i wake up in the morning my nose is stuffy and hard to breath through, but clears up after a couple hours of getting up and doing chores or something. and its like this everyday and i dont have a cold or fever. after warming up around 1pm everyday i feel normal. but i still notice my heart rate is rapid. i walked down the stairs got some oatmeal then walked back up and my legs-body feelt tired and i was out of breath just by walking up the stairs. its weird. i have probably had this problem for a while now but havnet noticed it because i drank alcohol everyday thus feeling good and even in the morning. i havent drank or smoked a ciggarrett in 6 months. and after i stoped drinking i noticed it more. i get out of breath really easily. maybe this is due to my spine being slightly compressed from years of sitting. I have read that if your spine is compressed then ur body has to work harder to function your body. i have tried running a mile a day which doesnt help and i have tried multivitamins and minerals. doesnt help. if this is a thyroid problem would it be hard to breath through my nose and never breath through my nose while sleeping. right now my pulse is 25 per 15 seconds. so thats 100 pumps a minute. and i am just sititng at the computer. if i go walk up the stairs my heart will go rapid. just like it does when i stand up from sittting.

    also if i touch anythign cold its very painful. I AM Very VERy sensitivie to the cold. even when its not that cold it feels cold. very disconforting.
    if i am in cold weather or even slightly cold weather my knees are purple and look gross. i am guessing this gross look on my arms and knees is from poor circulation. if i poke my knee it stays white for a while then after a couple of seconds if finally fills up and covers with blood.
    i also want to add that i hardly ever sweat. if i run a mile i might get a little moist on my head but no drips. i dont even remember that last time i had a drip of sweat come off my body.
    i drink lots of water a day and eat very healthy.
    thanks for the response, i apreciate it. would having poor circulation cause feeling weak and tired in the morning and not in the night?

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds more like a heart/circulatory problem than a thyroid problem.
      You also describe symptoms of exercise induced asthma.
      Also, if you have poor posture, your lungs & diaphragm are constricted & it makes it harder for you to breathe. Strengthen your abdominals & your posture & you will probably not have so much trouble with your breathing.
      Cold extremities are a symptom of Raynaud's syndrome & circulatory problems.

      Another thing that can be causing your symptoms is stress from stopping drinking & nicotine. Stress can cause physical symptoms including changes in body temp.; change in heart rate & pulse; shortness of breath; etc.
      Stuffed nose could be reaction to dust mites, other allergies in your bedroom.

      You say you have tried multivitamins & they haven't worked. Did you take them long enough? Did you speak to a nutritionist about your vitamin regimen? Taking iron? Did you have your blood tested to see if you were iron deficient?
      Some of your behavior is reminiscent of addictive, impulsive behavior. You are in early sobriety...you need to remember that.

      If you had low thyroid, your temp would always be low...it wouldn't rise during the day. If you had overactive & then underactive thyroid, you would have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis.

      You need to go to a MD & get a thorough medical check-up & blood tests including those for thyroid (TSH; Free T4; Free T3; Calculated T4; Calculated T3; TRH).

      Google: mayo clinic>>diseases>>Raynaud's Disease
      >>Hashimoto's Disease
      >>Anemia, Iron Deficiency
      >>asthma, exercise induced

      I suggest you might want to consult with a professional social worker or psychologist to work on the stages of early sobriety & smoking cessation.
      Congratulations!
      Good luck to you

  9. QUESTION:
    fibromyalgia or low tsh?? looking for answers!?
    i have been suffering with muscle pain that has become more and more severe over the past 6 months. originally diagnosed with fibromyalgia, i was following through with treatment (a combination of lyrica and savela) for the past 6 months with no relief and even felt my symptoms getting worst (mostly pain and weakness). im a single mom and was forced to ask a friend to watch my daughter because i have been in SO much pain. i needed narcotic medication to deal with it. i saw a dr. at a pain clinic who checked my tender points and said i didnt have fibromyalgia! i didnt think i did but had no idea what else could be going on so i was going along with that diagnosis. .. anway im to the point right now that i cannot suffer like this anymore. this pain is ruining my life. i cannot work, take care of my daughter or even myself... after getting a call from my rhumatologists lab tech saying my tsh was a little low i immediately began looking into it.. now i feel i have a LOT of the symptoms- poor appetite with weight gain, weakness, joint and muscle pain and stiff ness... the bizarre thing is if i take it incredibly easy and do nothing for an entire day my pain subsides quite a bit. if i even so much as lift a gallon of milk or have too much physical activity the next day my pain come raging back.. does anyone have any experience with either of these diagnosies? and where do i go from here??? im getting a referral to the mayo but i feel like im running out of time and cant live like this much longer..... help!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,

      Of course, TSH does not come from the thyroid gland, - it comes from a brain gland, and its function is to stimulate the thyroid gland, (hence its name, "Thyroid Stimulating Hormone," TSH).

      If your TSH is low, that usually implies that your thyroid hormone levels are too high, - and that your brain is telling your thyroid gland to stop producing thyroid hormone, (so's your high blood levels, go back down). This is a bit counter-intuitive, I guess.

      There is one other cause for a low TSH, and that is if you are dieting too hard, or starving for any other reason, - in this case the brain wants to reduce your metabolic rate, so that you don't use up food-energy so fast. But it doesn't sound as if this explanation applies to you, ("weight gain").

      The TSH alone isn't enough, - you need to know what your thyroid-hormone blood levels are, as well, - usually the T4 thyroid hormone is measured. If your T4 is high, but your TSH is low, then that would imply that your thyroid gland has started over-producing thyroid hormone off its own bat, uncommanded to do so by the brain.

      Sometimes a solitary nodule within the thyroid gland, can do this "off its own bat," - that is called having a "hot" nodule. Sometimes the whole gland is over-producing T4.

      Too much actual thyroid hormone, (T4) for any reason, is called thyro-toxicosis, and a high T4 would tend to put your body metabolism into over-drive, - it would need treating.

      For a (hypothetically) raised T4, your weight gain is the wrong way around, - you should be losing weight with thyrotoxicosis.

      I don't know how this will turn out for you, - you will need to take the T4 level into account, as I was trying to explain, before we know exactly what is happening.

      I think the connection to muscle pains and weakness is tenuous, at the moment anyway. My guess is that your thyroid problem, (if you have one), - will not be sufficient to account for all the symptoms you have described.

      We don't know enough about where you gets your muscle pains, and your muscle weakness, ( I mean, which muscles, exactly? ), - and my guess is, that you have had loads and loads of blood-tests in the past, which we don't know the results of either. I expect you have had measurements of your muscle enzymes, - whether any muscle enzymes are appearing in your blood? I would be interested in whether you have a raised ESR, (or CRP) ?

      It seems that you have chronically inflamed muscles, which are very painful to use, - and that resting them for 24 hours in very beneficial, (if not practical, with a super young child).

      I'm sorry not to be able to come up with anything brilliant, but I hope this is of some help.

      Best wishes,

      Belliger
      retired uk gp

  10. QUESTION:
    water, veggies, fruit how much weight can i loose.?
    Ok heres the deal (and no one tell me it's bad for me). I am 5'7" and 155lbs and 27 yrs old. I have GOT to loose some weight. I have tried everything. Low carb, weight watchers, TONS of exercise with watching what i eat (and i mean doing the Insanity workout) and nothing is helping. If i eat nothing but fresh fruits and veggies and drink water (add some eggs also for protein) and walk/jog 30min a day 5 days a week how much weight can i expect to loose and how long will it take to loose the Weight. I would LOVE to be down to 130-135. I know no one can tell me exactly but I would like to have some idea of what to expect. Thanks for your help!
    I know some say that 155lbs is normal and my bmi is 24 and 25 starts the "overweight" range. I know it's still healthy but I personally do not like the way i look and feel. I want to do this for me and to make me feel better about myself.
    When I say jog/walk i mean I just jogged 3/4 of a mile and walked(speed walked) 1/2 a mile

    • ANSWER:
      Fructose, the sugar in most fruits is the most lipogenic (fat producing) carb. Fructose creates triglycerides, tryiglycerides "trap" fat in fat cells.

      Low calories will shut down your metabolism & with this much activity you are greatly increasing your caloric needs & are forcing your body to catabolize it's own lean tissues, including vital organs (like the heart) for nutrition. There is no nutrition in fat stores, only energy.

      I'm betting you tried a low carb, low fat, low calorie plan which doesn't work. Low carb needs lots of fat calories to start the ketogenic process - at least 65% of more than adequate daily calories from dietary fats.

      I would suggest you take the at home Barnes Basal Temperature test to check thyroid function. Although the BBTT can be a good indicator of thyroid function it is not infallible and should be taken in the context of symptoms, medical history and blood tests.

      The body is built for survival, lower calories & the body shuts down the metabolism to function on minimal calories. Starvation would cause a loss of lean tissues (including vital organs like the heart) & very little fat stores. Lean tissues become calorie drain luxuries during famine & are the first for the body to dispose. Fat stores require very few calories to maintain so are preserved. Late stage anorexics can me 50% fat - just bones & fat - life ends when there is not enough lean tissues left to catabolize for nutrition. There is no nutrition in fat stores, only energy.

      Studies have shown that some people can gain fat stores even on a semi starvation diet of 1000 calories a day - if it's composition is high carb, low fat. So obviously, calories aren't the key to fat loss.

      Low carb has outperformed any other plan, including fasting. A study was done - one group ate a high fat diet, the other fasted (didn't eat at all) both groups lost the same amount of "weight" but the group that ate the high fat diet lost mostly fat stores & the group that didn't eat at all lost mostly their own lean tissues.

      I would suggest you do Atkins original program, which was created for obese patients. The "new Atkins" starts at 20g net carbs per day but for those that are so metabolically challenged, even these minimal carbs are too much.

      Do NOT use the Atkins Bars or shakes or any other manufactured food product.

      For 3 weeks eat all you want - high calories are preferable to keep the metabolism in top fat burning mode, but track your calories & your fat ratio - make sure your meals have 80% of the calories coming from dietary fats. Keep your carb level to less than 5g net carbs & don't have all 5g at one sitting. Small lettuce & celery salads are allowed with meals if they have a fat based dressing. No citric acid or artificial sweeteners for these 2 weeks (no diet drink mixes)

      Every day include these 2 items in your menu plan. If you need additional fat or calories, you can add a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil to the ground flax seed cereal. I highly recommend virgin coconut oil for people needing quick energy - coconut oil is the only fat that is converted to quick energy like a carb.

      Half an avocado mashed with 2 ounces of mayo seasoned with cayenne & eaten with pork rinds or celery.

      Ground flax seed (4 Tbsp) 1/4 cup water, artificial sweetener, mix in a raw egg - let sit 10 min. to absorb liquid, put some cream cheese in the middle & nuke 2 min for daily fiber needs.

      The Barnes Basal Temperature Test (BBTT)is a simple test to assess their thyroid function. It is most often used to detect undiagnosed hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) but will also provide evidence of hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid).

      you measure your left underarm temperature for ten days in a row first thing in the morning before doing anything else at all (going to the toilet etc). Movement and activity of any kind raises body temperature and invalidates the results. The thermometer should be shaken down at night before going to sleep to avoid having to do so in the morning (unless of course it is a digital thermometer). Menstruating women should start this ten-day period on the third day of their cycle.

      The underarm temperature is lower than that measured under the tongue so 97.88-98.24F is considered normal. Anything below 97.8F is considered an indicator of possible underactive thyroid function

  11. QUESTION:
    Why won't atkins work for me?
    I have tried Atkins several times over the years. It has never worked for me. I am apparently what they call, "metabolically resistant". Each time I have tried, I have gotten very sick with "induction flu" after a couple of days, but have stuck it out for two weeks before giving up. I never lose an ounce! Really heavy people drop 10-20 pounds a week. I follow very strict phase I induction. My mom, for instance is heavy, and just eats "low carb" and the weight falls off, when ever she wants. I only eat meat. no nitrates, no carbs, no sugar. I even cut out aspartame to try and make it work. I eat eggs, full fat butter and mayo, and tuna. That is it. I cut out cheese, lettuce and heavy cream, in an effort to make it work. I always go into ketosis after 2 days, I use the strips, and they turn dark purple. Why can other people eat lettuce and tomato and cheeses and cream cheese and heavy whipping cream, and lose weight? What makes me "metabolically resistant"? I believe it is my weight. I am 5'7" and my ideal weight is 140. I am always around 185 by the time I try atkins. Obviously, the weight just melts off heavier people. Several years ago, I went from 192lbs. to 135, through diet and exercise. I kept the weight off for 5 years. Over the last two years, the weight has crept back on, and I am back at 185. When I lost the weight, I was killing myself at the gym, and only eating 1000 calories a day. Once the weight was off, my metabolism became faster, and it was easy to keep it off, but I only ate around 1500 calories a day to maintain it. I am a stress eater, and had a big stressor a couple of years ago. Since then, I have not watched what I eat, or my caloric intake. The past few months, I have tried getting back in the gym. I have 3 kids, and it is hard to find time, energy, and get motivated, so that is not working for me. I have also tried to go back to extreme caloric reduction of 1000-1200 a day. I am not able to stick with it. I end up starving to death, and binge a lot. Obviously, I can not lose weight the way I did the last time it worked for me. I really need to take 30-40 lbs. off. Here I am, wanting to try atkins, yet again. The very definition of insanity. I have read about being metabolically resistant. They suggest the fat fast, which is eating the phase I induction diet, but only 1000 calories a day. I can't live on that. Using my mom as an example again, (she is over 250) when she does atkins, she loses 50lbs. a month, eating tons of cream cheese, heavy whipping cream, all kinds of splenda based deserts...etc. I have seen her, and other large people eat unlimited amounts of meat, cheese, eggs, and the cream, cheese, and splenda everything. Their calories with the mayo, bacon, butter...etc. must be in excess of 5000 calories a day, yet the weight melts off. Meanwhile, I starve on tuna and plain meat, and don't lose an ounce. I want to try atkins again. I refuse to do the 'fat fast', or cut out cheese and cream. If you are supposed to get 20 carbs a day, heavy whipping cream has 0 carbs. Cheese has <1. I should be able to eat those two things in unlimited quantity, like everyone else. I am not going to cut out aspartame and diet soda this time either. Cutting this stuff out didn't help me. I am going to eat unlimited quantities of fresh,nitrate free, sugar free (no hot dogs or lunch meat) meat, eggs, cheese, heavy whipping cream (it has 0 carbs and zero sugar. I don't know why phase I says you can only have 2 tbsps a day.), canned tuna, full fat mayo and butter, diet soda, splenda, mustard, and anything else I can find that has 0carbs, 0sugar, no nitrates. Does anyone think doing it this way will work? Will it cause me to put on weight? How long should I give it? I don't understand how anyone can be "metabolically resistant", when the human brain can not survive with out carbs. If everything you eat is 0 carb, doesn't logic dictate that your body HAS to eat it's own carb-filled fat to survive?!! Also, does anyone know an otc diet supplement that actually causes fat loss? One that can be used with atkins, or not? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I would suggest you take the at home Barnes Basal Temperature test to check thyroid function. Although the BBTT can be a good indicator of thyroid function it is not infallible and should be taken in the context of symptoms, medical history and blood tests.

      The body is built for survival, lower calories & the body shuts down the metabolism to function on minimal calories. Starvation would cause a loss of lean tissues (including vital organs like the heart) & very little fat stores. Lean tissues become calorie drain luxuries during famine & are the first for the body to dispose. Fat stores require very few calories to maintain so are preserved. Late stage anorexics can me 50% fat - just bones & fat - life ends when there is not enough lean tissues left to catabolize for nutrition. There is no nutrition in fat stores, only energy.

      Studies have shown that some people can gain fat stores even on a semi starvation diet of 1000 calories a day - if it's composition is high carb, low fat. So obviously, calories aren't the key to fat loss.

      Low carb has outperformed any other plan, including fasting. A study was done - one group ate a high fat diet, the other fasted (didn't eat at all) both groups lost the same amount of "weight" but the group that ate the high fat diet lost mostly fat stores & the group that didn't eat at all lost mostly their own lean tissues.

      Unfortunately, anyone who accumulates over 30# of excess fat is more than likely insulin resistant. Long term ingestion of highly refined carbs "burn out" the insulin receptors on muscle cells, so calories go directly to fat cells, leaving muscle cells screaming for nutrition. Exercise forces muscles to accept glucose out of the bloodstream without the need for insulin.

      Most people get obese because their bodies just can't process carbs any more. They become insulin resistant & carbs go straight to fat cells. As healthy as fruit may be, it just doesn't promote fat loss. The body won't release fat stores until the blood stream is free of insulin. In someone insulin resistant, the insulin response is too sensitive & produces too much insulin.

      I would suggest you do Atkins original program, which was created for obese patients. The "new Atkins" starts at 20g net carbs per day but for those that are so metabolically challenged, even these minimal carbs are too much.

      Do NOT use the Atkins Bars or shakes or any other manufactured food product.

      For 3 weeks eat all you want - high calories are preferable to keep the metabolism in top fat burning mode, but track your calories & your fat ratio - make sure your meals have 80% of the calories coming from dietary fats. Keep your carb level to less than 5g net carbs & don't have all 5g at one sitting. Small lettuce & celery salads are allowed with meals if they have a fat based dressing. No citric acid or artificial sweeteners for these 2 weeks (no diet drink mixes)

      Every day include these 2 items in your menu plan. Together they are 1000 calories 80% of calories from fat - 90g fat - 3g net carbs. If you need additional fat or calories, you can add a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil to the ground flax seed cereal. I highly recommend virgin coconut oil for people needing quick energy - coconut oil is the only fat that is converted to quick energy like a carb.

      Half an avocado mashed with 2 ounces of mayo seasoned with cayenne & eaten with pork rinds or celery.

      Ground flax seed (4 Tbsp) 1/4 cup water, artificial sweetener, mix in a raw egg - let sit 10 min. to absorb liquid, put some cream cheese in the middle & nuke 2 min for daily fiber needs.

      Simple carbs are addictive & can be disastrous to health. The best way to break the addiction is NO carbs for 3 days. Make a batch of deviled eggs, eat one every time you want "something" - have omelets with meats & cheese - pork rinds & avocado dip or tuna/chicken/egg salad - sugar free cheese cake. Eat so much you won't feel deprived of anything. By the 4th day, the addiction will be gone & the low carb way of eating will create a natural appetite suppression that makes it much easier to make healthy choices.

      *IF* you lost weight on this program, after 3 weeks, you can slowly add in 5g net carbs per week of green veg - salad vegs first week & then higher carb vegs the week after *IF* you continue to lose weight.

      If you follow these instructions & do not lose weight, then there is one last program to try but I think this should work for even the most metabolically resistant.

  12. QUESTION:
    what r the changes in women after 40?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello Joanne,

      Midlife changes occur somewhere between the ages of 40 and 65. For many women, this period offers an opportunity for new perspectives and new paths in their lives.

      Muscle Loss and Weight Gain
      Both men and women begin to lose muscle tissue as they age, with the average amount of about 1/2 lb. per year for women beginning at 40, according to Dr. Pamela Peeke, author of "Body for Life." When you lose muscle, your resting metabolism dips and you burn fewer calories, leading to typical weight gain after age 40.

      Up until you are 35 or so, you maintain bone density at about the same rate that you lose it. But according to Miriam Nelson, Tufts University professor and author of "Strong Women Stay Young, " with every passing year after that time you lose up to 1 percent of bone every year. Strength training and weight-bearing exercise not only stops bone lose, but it can actually build bones as well as making them stronger and denser.

      Breast Cancer
      Your chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer was one in 233 when you were in your 30s, but increases to one in 69 for ages 40 through 49, according to the National Cancer Institute. Despite recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in 2009 that women can wait until age 50 to begin annual mammograms to detect breast cancer, doctors and researchers at the Mayo Clinic still recommend them for women beginning at age 40.

      Perimenopausal Symptoms
      According to Dr. Judith Reichman, author of "Relax, This Won't Hurt," the average age for the onset of perimenopause is 47, but it can occur sooner or later. This transitional period between your reproductive life and menopause is characterized by lower estrogen levels and lower levels of other hormones as well. You may experience occasional hot flashes, changes in your menstrual cycle or sleep disturbances.

      Other Hormonal Changes
      As your thyroid ages, it can begin to function less effectively and either produce too little or too much of the thyroid hormones, causing symptoms such as weight loss, intolerance of cold or heat, fatigue, and alternating constipation and diarrhea. Also, your pancreas might lose its ability to process insulin as efficiently as it once had and your blood glucose levels might rise, causing diabetes.

      TAKE CARE! Mama Bear

  13. QUESTION:
    How to lose 70 lbs gained in 3 years.?
    Over the past three years I gained roughly 70 lbs, going from 230 to 300. I attribute this to a lot of stress, but now no matter what I try I have a difficult time losing even 10lbs. I have noticed I gained a lot in my upper abs region and love handles but find it odd that I am still a size 38 waist. I did Atkins 13 years ago and kept the weight low for 10 years. Now if I try Atkins I hardly budge. I did a low calorie diet of 1500 cal and did not lose anything. Medical tests say nothing is wrong. So I need help.

    • ANSWER:
      You are more than likely insulin resistant. You probably also have thyroid problems.

      I would suggest you do the Barnes Basal temperature test at home for many days & track your morning temperatures. The body's lowest temperature is at 5am. Set the alarm for 5-6am (must be asleep mimimum of 5 hours). Do the morning temperature sampling for ten days in a row, not just for three. Menstruating women should start this ten-day period on the third day of their cycle. It is best to use a basal thermometer, which is more accurate than a regular oral thermometer. Dr. Barnes also suggests that the thermometer not be used orally, but instead used under the arm, with the person lying quietly in bed, and the arm comfortably at the side. The temperature is taken upon awakening, before rising up out of bed for any reason. An average of ten days is a very useful indication, therefore, of one's overall thyroid status, and in many people it may well be more accurate than the blood tests. If your temperature averages at less than 96 degrees, this indicates low thyroid. Do not test when you have an infection or any other condition that would raise your body temperature.

      Finding a doctor that will treat low thyroid with normal lab tests (but obvious hypothyroid symptoms) is the hardest part. I would suggest contacting a local thyroid support group. A D.O. has more training than an M.D. & may be more open to alternative tests. I recommend natural hormones (Armour brand etc) over synthetic.

      If you are hypothyroid, then Dr.Barnes recommends not going below 30 grams of carbs per day. Some people are so insulin resistant that they can't lose on 30 grams. Work on getting your health together before going below 30 grams but either way, low carb is the best way to normalize hormones to allow your body to function properly.

      Most people get obese because their bodies just can't process carbs any more. They become insulin resistant & carbs go straight to fat cells. As healthy as fruit may be, it just doesn't promote fat loss. The body won't release fat stores until the blood stream is free of insulin. In someone insulin resistant, the insulin response is too sensitive & produces too much insulin.

      You can lose more body fat eating protein & fat (don't eat protein alone) than not eating AT ALL. To lose weight fast, eat all you want, but nothing but meat, eggs, healthy oils, mayo, butter & half an avocado a day (for added potassium). Keep the calories high & the fat percentage high, at least 65% of calories. Green vegetables & some cheese will continue weight loss but at a slower pace.

      The first 2 weeks eat several cups a day of (mostly) lettuce & celery, cucumbers, radishes, mushrooms, peppers & more variety of vegetables thereafter - add 5 grams per day additional every week (20 grams day first 2 weeks, 25grams 3rd week, 30grams 4th week etc) til you gain weight, then subtract 10grams. That will be your personal carb level (everyone is different & depends on how active you are.)

      Start with meat, fats & salads for 2 weeks and then slowly add in more green veg, wk4 fresh cheeses, wk5 nuts & seeds, wk6 berries, wk7 legumes, wk8 other fruits, wk9 starchy veg, wk10 whole grains. You will learn how your body reacts to different foods.

      The first week is just water weight but fat is lost thereafter if you keep your calories high enough. Otherwise the body will strip it's own lean tissue for nutrition. Although that may look great on a scale it will make it MUCH easier to accumulate fat in the future (since all that pesky lean tissue burning up calories will be gone). The body won't release fat stores if you lower calories below what it needs. It will slow metabolism to compensate & store every spare ounce as fat. If you continue lowering calories, it will continue lowering the set point, til it can survive off nothing & store fat on anything. The body will only release it's fat stores if it knows there is plenty of nutritious food.

      Eating carbs while trying to lose body fat is terribly inefficient. When in glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) you have to lower your calories (which slows your metabolism) & exercise heavily to deplete your glycogen stores before burning body fat.

      The core of Atkins program is converting the body from glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) to ketosis (burning fat as fuel). Dietary fat levels need to be at >65% of total calories, if not, the body will still remain in glycolysis by converting 58% of excess protein into glucose (via gluconeogenesis).

      It takes minimum of 3 days to convert a body to ketosis, (but only one bite to convert back to glycolysis). People feel sluggish the first week but most feel better than ever thereafter.

      Simple carbohydrates (sugar, flour, bread, cereal, pasta, potatoes, rice) trigger insulin (the ONLY fat storage hormone). The more protein the more the fat burning hormone glucagon is released.

      High in

  14. QUESTION:
    I can't lose weight............?
    Hey, I have been working out for two years now, eating healthy; i've actually seen a nutritionist, i've switched gyms, but for some reason i cant lose weight. I went to my doctor to get my thyroid checked out, but all i got in response was that i had antibodies going to attack it someday. I went to another doctor for answers, but they said that my symptoms werent major enough to be treated for hypothyroidism. I need answers PLEASE!! i work out, eat right, and my doctor did a whole work up on things like my cholestoral and i check out perfect. Can someone give me answers?? Or at least is there something else that i can do? Are there any diseases that could be causing this?

    • ANSWER:
      There are many forms of metabolism going on in your body right now, but the one everyone is talking about it the metabolism of fat. This is actually something that the liver does when it converts stored fat to energy. The liver has other functions, but this is one of its main jobs.

      Unfortunately, another of the liver's duties is to pick up the slack for the kidneys, which need plenty of water to work properly. If the kidneys are water-deprived, the liver has to do their work along with its own, lowering its total productivity. It then can't metabolize fat as quickly or efficiently as it could when the kidneys were pulling their own weight. If you allow this to happen, not only are you being unfair to your liver, but you're also setting yourself up to store fat.
      so, drink 6-8 8oz.glasses of water a day,
      The most recent scientific study, published in the journal Obesity Research, found that drinking at least 3 eight-ounce glasses of fat free milk in a day helped people lose more weight than those dieters who drank little or no milk.

      Most importantly, milk drinkers' fat loss, especially around their tummies, was significantly greater. They also maintained more muscle. so, drink your milk and water and eat a lot of fruit and veggies and baked meats and boiled meats like chicken and turkey ,i like to make extra so i can snack on cold chicken later don't use bbq sauce it has sugar ,use garlic powder or lemon pepper season .eat tuna in water not oil,no mayo, mix it in green beans,all beans are high in protine low in fat,like pinto beans mix them with crushed tomatoes,do not eat fried foods,do not drink soda, do not eat junk food or chips,do not eat before bed, just eat well and do not eat small amounts or your body will go into starvation mode, just choose good foods, i hope i helped,

  15. QUESTION:
    After years of battling weight, metabolism seems to have completely slowed?
    After yo-yo dieting (which I know to be detrimental to the human body) and being at an unhealthy weight for a long time, no diet seems to bring results now. I am motivated, but physically seem "stuck." I have tried liquid diets, liquid + food, Atkins, 1200 calorie diabetic diet, weight watchers (gained on that), etc. and see no results. I want to be healthy and I am now old enough to be mature and to know that it will take a while to lose weight. Still, I'm sometimes gaining and more often than not staying right at the same weight.

    With limited physical mobility/capacity, has anyone experienced this problem? Does anyone have any advice? I really don't want to resort to bariatric surgery because I don't have health insurance and I'm already in insane debt due to student loans. I will try most anything... (and have), so please no trolls. My body just seems to be completely resistant and all I hear is that if you want to lose weight, you can. For me - no, it seems like I cannot.

    Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      If it's physically possible for you to lose weight, Atkins program is your best shot BUT it can't be a low calorie or low fat or have just a few bites program.

      Did you eat enough calories? Was your dietary fat been at least 65% of total calories? Did you eat the Atkins bars or shakes, they will stop weight loss cold. Citric acid found in many drinks can disrupt ketosis. Some people have a hard time losing with dairy & artificial sweeteners.

      I would suggest you take the at home Barnes Basal Temperature test to check thyroid function. Although the BBTT can be a good indicator of thyroid function it is not infallible and should be taken in the context of symptoms, medical history and blood tests.

      The body is built for survival, lower calories & the body shuts down the metabolism to function on minimal calories. Starvation would cause a loss of lean tissues (including vital organs like the heart) & very little fat stores. Lean tissues become calorie drain luxuries during famine & are the first for the body to dispose. Fat stores require very few calories to maintain so are preserved. Late stage anorexics can me 50% fat - just bones & fat - life ends when there is not enough lean tissues left to catabolize for nutrition. There is no nutrition in fat stores, only energy.

      Studies have shown that some people can gain fat stores even on a semi starvation diet of 1000 calories a day - if it's composition is high carb, low fat. So obviously, calories aren't the key to fat loss.

      Low carb has outperformed any other plan, including fasting. A study was done - one group ate a high fat diet, the other fasted (didn't eat at all) both groups lost the same amount of "weight" but the group that ate the high fat diet lost mostly fat stores & the group that didn't eat at all lost mostly their own lean tissues.

      Unfortunately, anyone who accumulates over 30# of excess fat is more than likely insulin resistant. Long term ingestion of highly refined carbs "burn out" the insulin receptors on muscle cells, so calories go directly to fat cells, leaving muscle cells screaming for nutrition. Exercise forces muscles to accept glucose out of the bloodstream without the need for insulin.

      Most people get obese because their bodies just can't process carbs any more. They become insulin resistant & carbs go straight to fat cells. As healthy as fruit may be, it just doesn't promote fat loss. The body won't release fat stores until the blood stream is free of insulin. In someone insulin resistant, the insulin response is too sensitive & produces too much insulin.

      I would suggest you do Atkins original program, which was created for obese patients. The "new Atkins" starts at 20g net carbs per day but for those that are so metabolically challenged, even these minimal carbs are too much.

      Do NOT use the Atkins Bars or shakes or any other manufactured food product.

      For 3 weeks eat all you want - high calories are preferable to keep the metabolism in top fat burning mode, but track your calories & your fat ratio - make sure your meals have 80% of the calories coming from dietary fats. Keep your carb level to less than 5g net carbs & don't have all 5g at one sitting. Small lettuce & celery salads are allowed with meals if they have a fat based dressing. No citric acid or artificial sweeteners for these 2 weeks (no diet drink mixes)

      Every day include these 2 items in your menu plan. Together they are 1000 calories 80% of calories from fat - 90g fat - 3g net carbs. If you need additional fat or calories, you can add a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil to the ground flax seed cereal. I highly recommend virgin coconut oil for people needing quick energy - coconut oil is the only fat that is converted to quick energy like a carb.

      Half an avocado mashed with 2 ounces of mayo seasoned with cayenne & eaten with pork rinds or celery.

      Ground flax seed (4 Tbsp) 1/4 cup water, artificial sweetener, mix in a raw egg - let sit 10 min. to absorb liquid, put some cream cheese in the middle & nuke 2 min for daily fiber needs.

      Simple carbs are addictive & can be disastrous to health. The best way to break the addiction is NO carbs for 3 days. Make a batch of deviled eggs, eat one every time you want "something" - have huge omelets with bacon, sausage & cheese - pork rinds & avocado dip or tuna/chicken/egg salad - sugar free cheese cake. Eat so much you won't feel deprived of anything. By the 4th day, the addiction will be gone & the low carb way of eating will create a natural appetite suppression that makes it much easier to make healthy choices.

      *IF* you lose weight on this program, after 3 weeks, you can slowly add in 5g net carbs per week of green veg - salad vegs first week & then higher carb vegs the week after *IF* you continue to lose weight.

      If you follow these instructions & do not lose weight, then there is one last program to try but I think this should work for even the most metabolically resistant.

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