Are you fat or is it your thyroid?

Published 8 years ago

Over the last decade or so there has been a dramatic rise in the cases of thyroid problems. The thyroid is a gland that secretes hormones and regulates body metabolism. An over-functioning gland, or an under performing one, both result in an imbalance in the body. In the past, this imbalance was seen mostly in women. Though women are still in the high risk category, this disease is not limited to them. Today, even men and children can suffer from a dysfunctional gland.

Since the thyroid gland regulates metabolism, it controls the growth of the body, including absorption of nutrients from food. A gland that under performs is seen as deficient in hormone secretion. As a result of this deficiency, there is unexpected weight gain and a general feeling of lethargy at all times. The thyroid also affects the reproductive system in women and if left undiagnosed can lead to trouble in conceiving, complicated pregnancy, and miscarriage. It is therefore advised to keep thyroid function in check during pregnancy.

A mother can pass her deficiency to her newborn and hence it is mandatory to test them. Thyroid issues can lead to mental imbalances in children. The good news, however, is that medication can reverse the deficiency and create a balance in the body. So, do not ignore sudden weight gain and consult a doctor to get yourself checked for thyroid problems.

Though weight gain is one of the main symptoms of an underactive thyroid, all obese people do not suffer from thyroid problems. Self medication is a big no for everyone, especially those wanting to take hormones to exercise their glands. Since all fat people do not have thyroid troubles, it may be worthwhile to look into your diet and omit all the junk and fat from it. Combine this with regular exercise, and the results should be visible in a few weeks. In case there are no changes, definitely check with a doctor. It might not be your thyroid, but sudden weight gain or sudden weight loss is not good.

As awareness about health increases, so does the demand for professionals in the healthcare industry. To cater to these demands, many universities offer a wide range of programs, both in the medical and non-medical stream, in order to aid the health care infrastructure. There are a large number of people who wish to work in the healthcare industry, but their background as non-medical professionals prevents them. Adelphi’s masters in health informatics and courses at GW Online open the world of healthcare to all. UC’s certified nurse midwife programs is another program which can be taken online.

The healthcare industry is a fast growing one, so the demand for trained professionals will always be there. It is therefore best to enhance your skills and qualifications. Remember that for someone with the right skill set and qualifications, there is no limit to what they can achieve.

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