Thyroid and Weight Gain – Take the Touch, Skin, and Eyes Test
On the Dr. Oz Show today, he talks about how the thyroid gland can
cause you to gain weight regardless of how much exercise you are doing. He said that you thyroid can grow a lot, especially if it is underactive because it panics.
When you have a thyroid problem it can swell. This can be because of hypothyroidism. When your thyroid gland is under active and can’t keep up you may notices these signs.
- Increase in fat
Why does hypothyroidism cause you to gain weight?
When your thyroid is working properly you can dump fat when you have been exercising and you can lose weight. However, when you have an hypothyroid, Dr. Oz made the analogy that it’s like having a “ball and chain” on your leg. It will slow down your metabolism and your body won’t dump as much fat.
At Home Thyroid Tests
Touch Test - The thyroid is located on your neck at the place where a men’s adam’s apple can be seen. Women can tough their neck at this place and when you swallow you shouldn’t be able to feel or see the thyroid gland.
Swelling Of The Eyes – If you have hypothyroidism because it deposits sugars around the eyes and swelling of the eyes is a result. Your eyelids will be pale and puffy.
Hair Test – It’s normal for women to lose approximately 100 hairs a day. If you are losing 200 hairs or more per day this could indicated that your thyroid may be an issue.
Dr. Oz said that they thyroid is the most common hormonal problem that doctors treat in women.