How I Lost The Weight I Gained From an Underactive Thyroid

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Weight gain. It’s the first symptom people who don’t have hypothyroidism, think of when they hear the term ‘thyroid problem’. It’s often one of the most upsetting symptoms and side effects of poor thyroid function and/or medication, that thyroid patients put up with.

Thyroid disease is often used as a joke or a scapegoat for weight gain. People throw it around, and as such, it’s not taken very seriously.

Many people think it’s just an excuse for being overweight. 

But weight gain is a legitimate symptom of an underactive thyroid, along with many others. Continue reading “How I Lost The Weight I Gained From an Underactive Thyroid”

11 Things People Get Wrong About Me Having Hypothyroidism

I have hypothyroidism.

Thyroid disease.

An underactive thyroid.

Whatever you prefer to call it. 

And those who don’t know what it is can often make assumptions about it, so let me clear a few things up!

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10 Things You Shouldn’t Say to Someone with an Underactive Thyroid

There are some things you just shouldn’t say to hypothyroid patients. Those of us with an underactive thyroid have a hard time already, trying to cope with managing the condition. We really dislike hearing any of the below annoying, frustrating and hurtful comments.  Continue reading “10 Things You Shouldn’t Say to Someone with an Underactive Thyroid”

When People Belittle Thyroid Disease

I walk in to a room where I’m meeting some people, and they comment that I’ve lost weight. They ask how I’ve done it, and I explain that I simply got my thyroid levels right, finally, after switching thyroid medication. I explain I haven’t dieted, cut out any food groups or taken a magic pill. I have just got my thyroid levels (TSH, Free T3 and Free T4) right, which in-turn have corrected my metabolism, now meaning I can lose the weight gained by my hypothyroidism, just by watching what I eat and exercising enough.

Then someone who is overweight makes that comment:
“I think I must have a thyroid problem then!”

No, don’t belittle thyroid disease. It’s so much more than weight gain, and I doubt your thyroid is to blame since I’ve noted your eating and exercise habits.

Thyroid disease is not just about weight gain, so don’t make the hell that I and so many others have to go through, the convenient excuse for your bad lifestyle habits.

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Why Do We Often Need Less Thyroid Medication in Warmer Months?

Why Do We Often Need Less Thyroid Medication in Warmer Months?

It’s all to do with our thyroid gland (as you probably guessed!), thyroid hormones, and how our metabolism works. With this sudden warm weather here in the UK, I felt it appropriate to explore why we may need less thyroid meds at this time of year.

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Why Am I Always Cold With Hypothyroidism?

Cold intolerance is often related to thyroid function i.e. hypothyroidism.

Cold intolerance is when you are extremely sensitive to cold temperatures and it is more severe than the normal feeling most people get when they are feeling cold. So, if you have it, you probably feel too cold when everyone else feels too warm or a good temperature. 

As the main purpose of thyroid hormones, produced by the thyroid gland, is to ensure the metabolism is running properly, people with an underactive thyroid (often not properly treated) will have symptoms associated with a slow metabolism, such as cold intolerance. 

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Why Do We Put on Weight with an Underactive Thyroid?

Thyroid disease is often used as a joke or a scapegoat for weight gain. People throw it around, and as such, it’s not taken very seriously.

Many people think it’s just an excuse for being overweight. 

But weight gain is a legitimate symptom of an underactive thyroid, along with many others. Why? 

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An Open Letter to Friends, Family, Work Colleagues and Doctors of Those with an Underactive Thyroid/Hypothyroidism

Hello friend, family member, work colleague or doctor of someone who lives with an underactive thyroid. You know someone very brave, very strong, battling a difficult disease called hypothyroidism.

If you’re not a medical professional, you’re probably wondering what exactly an underactive thyroid is or what it does to someone who lives with it, so I’ll do my best to explain it as simply as possible.

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What is Hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism, also called an underactive thyroid or thyroid disease, is a condition where the thyroid gland does not create enough thyroid hormone/s. The five hormones a healthy thyroid produces are: T1, T2, T3, T4 and Calcitonin. The most important are  T3 and T4, with T3 being the most active. Continue reading “What is Hypothyroidism?”