Are Your Hor­mones Mak­ing You Fat?

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Fashion -

Imag­ine wak­ing up ev­ery morn­ing to the sound of your alarm, ex­cited and happy to be start­ing a new day. When you look in the mir­ror you ad­mire your body. Ev­ery­one tells you how great you’re look­ing and asks what your se­cret is. Sound too good to be true? If you, like many other women, don’t feel this way, you may have a hor­monal im­bal­ance. Re­search has doc­u­mented that over 40 per cent of women have an un­di­ag­nosed un­der­ac­tive thy­roid gland. If you feel tired all the time, crave sugar, use al­co­hol and cof­fee to lift your­self, re­tain weight around your mid­dle and feel the cold, you could be suf­fer­ing from this prob­lem.

What Does Your Thy­roid Do, and What Does This Mean For You? The thy­roid gland is the ma­jor player in con­trol­ling how many calo­ries you burn. It pro­duces hor­mones that con­trol the body’s me­tab­o­lism. If your thy­roid is un­der­ac­tive (hy­pothy­roidism) it’s al­most im­pos­si­ble to lose that spare tyre around your mid­dle, no mat­ter how many carbs you cut out or how many hours you spend on the tread­mill.

Blood Test­ing Cur­rent blood test­ing meth­ods don’t tell the whole story. Blood tests (TSH) can only mea­sure how much thy­roid hor­mone you have in your blood – they can’t mea­sure how well your hor­mones are work­ing. So, if you do have a thy­roid prob­lem, it may not al­ways be picked up.

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