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Can You Blame Your Thyroid for Your Weight Gain? Santa Monica, CA
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Your thyroid is a very small gland that makes a big impact on your body. In fact, the function of this butterfly-shaped gland in the front of your neck can affect your heart, digestive system, muscle control, brain development, metabolism, mood and bone density. Therefore, when the thyroid is under or over active, it can produce major disruptions in your physical health and overall well-being.

The Issue of Weight

There are many factors that can cause weight gain in adults, most often including eating too much and exercising too little. However, the thyroid should not be overlooked. When the thyroid is underactive and does not produce enough thyroid hormone, it is called hypothyroidism. Without a thyroid at full capacity, patients experience a decrease in energy metabolism, which we know results in weight gain for most people.

Who is At Risk?

Hypothyroidism is most likely to occur in women over the age of 50. However, there are other risk factors such as family history, autoimmune disorder (type 1 diabetes), previous thyroid removal and radiation therapy to the neck or upper chest.

Other Signs of Hypothyroidism

There are other ways to tell if your thyroid is not functioning properly. Hypothyroidism is identified with the following common symptoms:

  • Weight Gain
  • Cold Intolerance
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Dry Skin
  • Muscle Aches

Getting the Right Diagnosis

Determining the cause of weight gain can be tricky, especially in a middle-aged woman who may be facing menopausal changes and a slowed metabolism due to age. However, ruling out the thyroid as a potential cause of those extra pounds is very simple. A blood test that measures the thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) is highly effective for evaluating the function of the thyroid as either hypoactive (under) or hyperactive (over).

If your TSH level indicates a poorly functioning thyroid, the treatment is just as easy. The majority of patients feel better fast by taking a thyroid hormone substitute. It is a small pill called levothyroxine that can replicate the hormones your body is failing to produce properly. In result, your body’s metabolic rate can be restored, which makes weight loss and weight management more attainable.

Are you experiencing weight gain as well as other symptoms of hypothyroidism? Schedule a thyroid screening at the office of Brent J. Michael, MD.  Our Santa Monica clinic can diagnose and treat thyroid disorders in patients of all ages.

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I could literally write pages about Dr. Michael. I thankfully met him and his staff over 13 years ago after I had been suffering from a serious lung infection for over a month that 2 other doctors had missed.- 1 due to being totally arrogant and thinking I just had a cold. I was burning up and so sick I could barely walk. Dr. Michael took the time and actually listened to me - instead of just saying its probably just the flu (as the other doctors had done) or just a cold and sending me home, he actually did a complete physical on me an then had the intuition to order a chest x ray on me (I was not even coughing at the time) and then really looked at it and discovered that I actually had a really serious lung infection and started me on antibiotics. While this may sound like no big deal - it actually was, as he actually saw that it was not a normal looking lung infection and I later learned he went above and beyond and had a infectious disease specialist look at the x ray just to be safe and as he suspected it was even more serious. Since that day he has always been my main doctor. I would also like to add that I have a serious long term health condition and most doctors would generally attribute many of my current and past health issues to my main condition (it usually is the case) but Dr. Michael always looks at whatever is happening to me at the moment as if I was a new patient. This is probably his biggest talent and gift as a doctor as he has on more than one occasion over the years thought outside the box with me and has figured out quickly why I was sick at the time - sometimes it was minor but more than a few times it was really serious. His quick way of thinking and knowledge and intuition is what kept me from getting sicker and going into the hospital. If you are looking for a doctor that actually treats you like a person and not a number then see this man. I am not a celebrity or a wealthy person - far from it - but he treats me like I am - many Vets like myself go to the VA and its a great blessing but I just do not have the energy to go there as its so big. Dr. Michael is seriously brilliant and really patient and I am truly thankful I found him.

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2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 880W
Santa Monica, CA 90404



Mon-Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM