Thyroid and Plus Size Living: The Why’s and How’s of It

You may have   happily accepted your “plus size” living until life threw another challenge your way … thyroid! Well let’s face it- thyroid, if not tended to in time, may impede a healthy and happy living. But to make living with thyroid easier, all you need is a little knowledge about it, and a little help from your doctor.

So before you rush to fix an appointment with your physician, take some time and learn the truth about thyroid.

Basically, the thyroid gland wears a number of hats:

  • It secrets the hormones that help you to regulate heart rate
  • Promotes better metabolism and
  • Maintains healthy skin.

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When the gland slows down for some reason, it leads to hypothyroidism. It can kick start depression, and cause weight gain. On the other hand, when the gland gets overworked and secretes too much, it can lead to hyperthyroidism. It leads to significant weight loss.

Most people with thyroid disease have the hypo version.

Apart from sudden weight gain, some other health effects of hypothyroidism are:

  • Unhealthy cholesterol levels
  • High blood pressure
  • Mental /Behavioral Impairment
  • Respiratory problems.
  • Kidney malfunction
  • Glaucoma
  • Joint stiffness
  • Iron deficiency/ anemia
  • Fatigue
  • Thinning of the hair
  • Hoarse voice
But ladies, if you are diagnosed with hypothyroidism, you have special reasons to tend to the condition. Hypothyroidism in women can lead to all kinds of infertility problems including:

  • cysts on the ovaries  which can hinder eggs from getting released
  • Irregular periods
These can make it more difficult for you to plan conception. So, the sooner you consult your doctor or gynecologist about it and tend to the problem, the better.
However, if you have hyperthyroidism, you might like the fact that it helps you to lose some pounds even without dieting and exercising. Nevertheless, you may not like the health hazards of hyperthyroidism which include:

  • Brittle bones
  • Red, swollen skin
  • Eye problems like bulging, red eyes, blurring or double vision and sensitivity to light.
  • Thyrotoxic crisis, which is an abrupt intensification of your symptoms. It leads to fever, rapid pulse and even restlessness and hallucination.
Whether you are diagnosed with hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism, your endocrinologist will be the best person to guide you and manage this condition. However, even at home, you can try to manage thyroid in simple ways like:

  • Diet and
  • Exercise
Surviving thyroid is no mission impossible, provided you give it the right care at the right time.

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