Lamkin Clinic http://www.lamkinclinic.com ...for optimum health Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:45:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The underlying reason you can’t lose weight http://www.lamkinclinic.com/2017/07/underlying-reason-lose-weight/ http://www.lamkinclinic.com/2017/07/underlying-reason-lose-weight/#respond Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:45:33 +0000 http://www.lamkinclinic.com/?p=1191 Unfortunately, being overweight has a stigma associated with it. The opinionated and under-informed often think that overweight people are gluttonous, don't have any discipline, or are just lazy.

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Unfortunately, being overweight has a stigma associated with it. The opinionated and under-informed often think that overweight people are gluttonous, don’t have any discipline, or are just lazy.

The truth is that the issue is much more complicated than that. Most of us go through periods in our lives in which we overindulge, and some continue to do it seemingly without consequence. But for some, the weight just piles on over the years.

Many of these folks just can’t catch a break. They often do everything right and lose little weight. Perception is that all one has to do is buckle down and eat paleo and “burn it out” on the treadmill to lose weight. The truth is, the opposite of what leads to being overweight isn’t always what reverses it!

Certainly genetics play a role. So do a variety of other influences, including environmental toxin exposure that can occur even before birth. But the most common causes of weight-loss resistance can be overcome, if they are known. There are three main causes of weight-loss resistance, and each one leads to the other. They often coexist!

Insulin resistance, thyroid dysfunction, and adrenal imbalance act as road blocks to efficient loss of body fat and are the three primary causes of weight-loss resistance. These three do not develop overnight, and the aren’t reversed on any quick diet.

Insulin resistance

When most people hear that term, they think diabetes. They’re on the right track, as insulin resistance leads to type II diabetes. However, insulin resistance begins many years or even decades before blood sugar increases or progression to diabetes occurs.

It is essentially when the cells and tissues (mainly the liver, muscle, and fat cells) are no longer responsive to insulin’s effects of escorting glucose (blood sugar) into the cells for the hopeful conversion to energy. The pancreas compensates by increasing its output of insulin, which is a fat storage hormone. The elevated insulin makes the body not want to get rid of that fat!

Thyroid dysfunction

I’ve written previous articles about thyroid hormone and its importance in numerous aspects of health. Just a ten percent drop in thyroid function can affect health in significant ways. Thyroid isn’t the only hormone that affects metabolism, but it’s the most important! The average person has a metabolic rate of 2,400 calories per day. Assuming a decrease in ten percent of thyroid function leads to a ten percent drop in metabolic rate, that’s 240 calories less burned per day! A rough estimate is that 3,000 calories equal one pound of fat. So if one is down 240 calories per day, they will certainly be prone to weight gain and resistant to weight loss!

Adrenal imbalance

The adrenal glands produce the hormone cortisol that’s involved with the “flight or flight” response. Cortisol can be triggered inappropriately with various forms of physical or emotional stress. The inappropriate cortisol levels shift our bodies toward fat storage and muscle loss. That combination isn’t good for any situation, but it’s certainly not good for those trying to lose weight!

If there is a physiologic cause—for example, neurotransmitter imbalance, chronic inflammation, or stealth infections such as Lyme disease—this needs to be addressed. If there are environmental contributors to stress, helping your body more appropriately respond to stress is key. Adaptogens are nutraceuticals that help control inappropriate stress responses. Yoga, meditation, and deep breathing are also very effective supportive techniques to helping combat physiologic stress.

So there’s a quick hitter for those struggling to lose weight. As always, an investigation is required to uncover these often hidden inhibitors of health. These fundamental metabolic imbalances must be corrected for appropriate fat loss. They also explain why the calorie in versus calorie out theory has been debunked, in this case because of hormonal influences that lead to a metabolism that’s a moving target!

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Five important tests for thyroid function http://www.lamkinclinic.com/2017/07/five-tests-thyroid-function/ http://www.lamkinclinic.com/2017/07/five-tests-thyroid-function/#respond Tue, 04 Jul 2017 10:45:46 +0000 http://www.lamkinclinic.com/?p=1188 Thyroid hormones provide our body's cells and tissues with important signals that affect just about every aspect of health. Every system in our bodies is affected, including our nervous and immune systems and also the functions that regulate temperature and metabolic rate.

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Thyroid hormones provide our body’s cells and tissues with important signals that affect just about every aspect of health. Every system in our bodies is affected, including our nervous and immune systems and also the functions that regulate temperature and metabolic rate.

An underperforming thyroid can lead to weight gain (fat, not muscle!), sluggishness or fatigue, brain fog and depression, digestive problems, and high cholesterol. Knowing those consequences, you’d want (and expect) your doctor to order a full thyroid profile to fully assess your thyroid. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case!

The TSH test is the primary lab ordered in a screening for low thyroid. TSH is not actually thyroid hormone! TSH is released by the brain as a signal for the thyroid gland to begin production of T4, which is a version of thyroid hormone—just not the active version. T4 is released into circulation and converted to T3, which is the active version. It’s the version that does most of the work in your body to maintain metabolism, body temperature, and affect energy production among many, many other important functions.

To stimulate the body to perform in all those important capacities, T3 must bind to receptors in cells and tissues. (Think lock and key to unlock a door!) In certain situations, a form called rT3 is produced (for example in response to stress) that blocks those receptors to which T3 wants and needs to bind. An elevated rT3 can lead to low thyroid function even with normal T3 levels!

Further complicating the thyroid picture, many individuals develop an autoimmune condition called Hashimoto’s, in which their immune system becomes confused or dysregulated and begins to attack their own thyroid. Two antibodies can be tested that assess for this condition, TPO and TG.

An autoimmune thyroid condition such as Hashimoto’s can lead initially to wild fluctuations of thyroid levels. This can lead to not only low thyroid symptoms, but also “high” thyroid symptoms such as anxiety, insomnia, and increased stress perception, among others. Eventually, if nothing is done to normalize the immune response, the thyroid gland becomes scarred and doesn’t function, more so as time passes.

There are roughly 82 symptoms of low thyroid function. If the goal is to get a full picture of thyroid function in a patient with one or more of those symptoms, a complete thyroid profile is in order. A more complete screening provides more complete answers. Seems pretty simple, right?
If you are struggling with ongoing fatigue, weight gain, brain fog, and depression, and you haven’t had a full thyroid panel, it’s time you had one.

You should also know that low or “sluggish” thyroid function does’t exist in a bubble, but often leads to a variety of unwanted secondary problems including insulin resistance, being overweight, diabetes, and heart disease.

If you are still hesitant to request these tests from your doctor, you can begin by doing a simple test at home to assess your metabolism. First thing in the morning check your temperature. For additional insight check it mid-day and again in the evening. The human body is designed to maintain a temperature of 98.6 throughout the day. The temperature can be slightly lower first thing in the morning but for the most part our system regulates temperature between 98.2 and 98.6. There are a variety of offenders if your body temperature is persistently low, the most important of which is low thyroid function.

The Lamkin Clinic provides specialty thyroid screening, care, and optimization protocols for people suffering from low thyroid function.

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Men and sugar: Preventing low testosterone, prostate cancer, diabetes & heart disease http://www.lamkinclinic.com/2017/06/men-sugar-preventing-testosterone/ http://www.lamkinclinic.com/2017/06/men-sugar-preventing-testosterone/#respond Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:45:56 +0000 http://www.lamkinclinic.com/?p=1183 With all the hype about sugar, the effects of sugar on men gets little attention. Two things stand out: Sugar can contribute to low testosterone It can also be a factor in prostate cancer Your body quickly breaks down the sugar from sweets and drinks containing alcohol and high-fructose corn syrup, which spikes your insulin... Read More →

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With all the hype about sugar, the effects of sugar on men gets little attention.

Two things stand out:

  • Sugar can contribute to low testosterone
  • It can also be a factor in prostate cancer

Your body quickly breaks down the sugar from sweets and drinks containing alcohol and high-fructose corn syrup, which spikes your insulin levels. After a fifteen- or thirty-minute sugar high, your blood sugar levels plummet, and you feel drained.

The adrenal glands try to replenish your sugar levels by releasing the hormone cortisol and adrenalin. Over time, the up and down sugar cycle weakens your adrenals, making them sluggish.

The weakened endocrine system affects production of testosterone and other hormones.

As for prostate cancer, a report by the University of California San Francisco Medical Center noted that men in one study who consumed the most calories were four times more likely to get prostate cancer than men who consumed the fewest calories.

By contributing to weight gain, sugar also increases your risk of heart disease. A study published in JAMA: Internal Medicine found that participants who got 17-21% of calories from added sugar were 38% more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than those who consumed 8% of their calories from added sugar.

Of course, sugar is also a major source of calories. And it comes not just in sweets and sugary drinks; pasta and rice dishes can have lots of sugar, too.

Excess sugar also contributes to Type 2 diabetes, particularly by contributing to weight gain. By losing 5 to 7 percent of your weight, you may be able to prevent or delay diabetes, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases reported. If you’re at 200 lbs., that would be 10 to 14 pounds.

Recommendations

  • Reduce your craving for sugar by eating meals and snacks high in protein—which is a slower-digesting fuel source. If you eat something like a bagel with peanut butter on it, you’ll feel more satisfied.
  • Exercise more. It burns sugar, and it increases insulin sensitivity, which helps your cells use sugar in your bloodstream better.
  • Eat plenty of fiber. Fiber slows sugar absorption. High-fiber foods include vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains.
  • Drink water. Water helps your kidneys flush out excess blood sugar.
  • Cut back on sugary drinks. A large Coke contains as much sugar as four apples.
  • Control your portions. Eating less can help you lose weight, which promotes healthy blood sugar levels and reduces the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Learn more

You can learn more about sugar and men’s health at these links.
Is Sugar Actually Bad For You?
4 Smart Ways to Kill Sugar Cravings
What are the Effects of Sugar on Male Fertility?
Sugar May Contribute to Infertility

Want to talk with a doctor who specializes in men’s health? Give our office a call. We’d be happy to help you make a plan for your wellness.

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10 keys for a summer weight-loss plan that works http://www.lamkinclinic.com/2017/06/summer-weight-loss-plan/ http://www.lamkinclinic.com/2017/06/summer-weight-loss-plan/#respond Tue, 06 Jun 2017 10:45:32 +0000 http://www.lamkinclinic.com/?p=1179 Want to lose weight for the summer? Here are some tips on weight loss—before summer and during the sweltering weather. 1. Drink more water and fewer sugary drinks. Water is the best drink for weight loss. It keeps you hydrated without the carbs. 2. Cut down on coffee drinks high in sugar and dairy products.

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Want to lose weight for the summer? Here are some tips on weight loss—before summer and during the sweltering weather.

1. Drink more water and fewer sugary drinks.

Water is the best drink for weight loss. It keeps you hydrated without the carbs.

2. Cut down on coffee drinks high in sugar and dairy products.



You might learn to enjoy a different taste—with more coffee flavor.

3. Plunge into the pool regularly

Swimming is great for burning calories.

It engages many muscles and gives your heart and lungs a workout.

4. Plan your meals with weight loss in mind.

Psychology and Health reported on a study in which two groups were asked to eat more fruit for a week. People in one group wrote down their plan and visualized carrying it out, and the second group didn’t. The group with a plan ate twice as much fruit.

5. Enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables in the summer

Don’t forget to moderate salad dressings and toppings high in sugar.

6. Avoid too much fruit juice.



The high sugar content can contribute to being overweight. Eating fresh fruit with a glass of water provides more nutrition.

7. Watch your portions.



We tend to eat almost everything on our plate. As restaurants have increased their servings, Americans have eaten more. Splitting a meal with someone else can help you avoid putting on pounds.

8. Serve yourself more veggies.



If you put 75 percent vegetables on your plate, the meat and carbs become treats.

9. Involve your spouse, a friend, or a family member in your weight-loss plan.



Ask them to join you in outdoor activities, hitting the gym, and eating better. You’ll hold each other accountable and develop a stronger bond.

10. Focus while you’re eating instead of multitasking—such as watching TV.



The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported on a study that compared participants who played computer solitaire while they ate with ones who weren’t distracted while eating. The game-players felt significantly hungrier afterward.

Want to talk with a doctor who specializes in weight loss? Give our office a call. Let’s have a conversation about your health.

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The difference between hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism http://www.lamkinclinic.com/2017/05/hypothyroidism-hyperthyroidism/ http://www.lamkinclinic.com/2017/05/hypothyroidism-hyperthyroidism/#respond Tue, 16 May 2017 10:45:08 +0000 http://www.lamkinclinic.com/?p=1170 Your thyroid is a very important, small, butterfly-shaped gland in your neck that controls production of some of the most critical hormones in your body. Among other bodily functions, your thyroid hormones regulate your body’s metabolism. If your thyroid isn’t working properly, that can lead to some significant health issues—but depending on whether your thyroid... Read More →

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Your thyroid is a very important, small, butterfly-shaped gland in your neck that controls production of some of the most critical hormones in your body. Among other bodily functions, your thyroid hormones regulate your body’s metabolism.

If your thyroid isn’t working properly, that can lead to some significant health issues—but depending on whether your thyroid is producing too much or too little of the critical hormones, your body will react in two very different ways.

Hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism are the two extremes of thyroid abnormality. When present, these conditions create essentially opposite physical reactions.

Hypothyroidism symptoms

Hypothyroidism means your thyroid gland isn’t producing enough of the necessary hormones. The most common cause is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune disorder, but hypothyroidism can have other causes as well, including some complications of hyperthyroidism treatment. Common symptoms include:

  • Weight gain
  • Depression
  • Constipation
  • Reduced heart rate
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of appetite
  • Forgetfulness

Hyperthyroidism symptoms

If your thyroid is producing more hormones than necessary, that’s hyperthyroidism. Several different things can cause hyperthyroidism—one of the most common causes is Graves’ disease.

Other causes include pituitary gland issues (since your pituitary gland communicates with your thyroid to indicate how much of what hormones to produce), inflammation of the thyroid glands, which causes them to release too much hormones, and sometimes cancerous growth. Some symptoms of hyperthyroidism are:

  • Eye protrusion or irritation
  • Irregular heart rate
  • Frequent bowel movements
  • Sweating
  • Enlarged neck area around thyroid gland
  • Infrequent menstrual cycles
  • Anxiety
  • Weight loss
  • Increased energy

    Of course, neither hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism are optimal states for your body to operate in. If you are concerned that your thyroid is producing too much or too little of the hormones your body needs, give us a call. We can help you discover what is going on and find a treatment plan that will work for you.

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Fitting exercise into your busy schedule http://www.lamkinclinic.com/2017/05/fitting-exercise-schedule/ http://www.lamkinclinic.com/2017/05/fitting-exercise-schedule/#respond Tue, 02 May 2017 10:45:14 +0000 http://www.lamkinclinic.com/?p=1167 If you’ve tried to lose weight for any length of time, you know the two most basic things you have to do: eat healthy and exercise. But just because those are the basic elements of losing weight doesn’t mean they’re easy! In fact, many people who are trying to lose weight find themselves frustrated in... Read More →

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If you’ve tried to lose weight for any length of time, you know the two most basic things you have to do: eat healthy and exercise.

But just because those are the basic elements of losing weight doesn’t mean they’re easy! In fact, many people who are trying to lose weight find themselves frustrated in particular by the need to exercise regularly.

They struggle to find time in their busy schedules to fit in a workout. Or they remember a time when they used to be more active, and are frustrated by trying to get “back up to speed.” Adults are recommended to have 30 minutes of physical activity, at least five days a week—but if that sounds difficult, don’t worry. You can split that 30 minutes up throughout your day!

For busy adults, the trick is to find time to exercise in a way that will challenge you without exerting you to the point of injury. Here are several ways you can fit more activity into your everyday life—you can scale up or down based on your current level of fitness.

Out and about

  • Choose a parking spot that’s farther away from a building’s entrance so you can walk more
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator when you can
  • Use a basket instead of a cart while grocery shopping to strengthen your arm muscles
  • If you can walk or bike to run errands, do it!
  • Meet friends for a walk, run, or exercise class instead of coffee or drinks

At home

  • Workout while watching TV (especially during commercial breaks!)
  • Walk or run with your family after work
  • Shoot hoops with your kids after school
  • Find a nearby park and walk or bike there with your kids

Do-it-yourself

A lot of activities that we outsource can give you a good workout if you decide to do them yourself! Here are a few to try:

  • Wash your car
  • Plant a garden full of healthy food
  • Mow your yard
  • Treat housework like exercise

You don’t have to be a weightlifting champ or a marathon runner to increase your physical activity level. And exercising can help you in all kinds of ways in addition to reaching your weight loss goals! You’ll sleep better, be less stressed, and you may even notice a lower level of chronic inflammation.

Especially if it’s been a while since you last kept up an exercise regimen, or if you’re working with an injury or chronic pain, talk with a doctor you trust to help you find an exercise plan that will be best for you.

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Your baby may not be the cause of your exhaustion http://www.lamkinclinic.com/2017/04/baby-may-not-cause-exhaustion/ http://www.lamkinclinic.com/2017/04/baby-may-not-cause-exhaustion/#respond Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:45:14 +0000 http://www.lamkinclinic.com/?p=1153 Feeling tired? Struggling to concentrate? Have unexplained aches and pains? These can be symptoms of a few different things, but if you’ve just had a baby, it’s worth considering whether or not you might have postpartum thyroiditis. Postpartum thyroiditis affects about one in seventeen women in America. Pregnancy is a time of significant hormonal changes,... Read More →

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Postpartum thyroiditis, tired momFeeling tired? Struggling to concentrate? Have unexplained aches and pains?

These can be symptoms of a few different things, but if you’ve just had a baby, it’s worth considering whether or not you might have postpartum thyroiditis.

Postpartum thyroiditis affects about one in seventeen women in America. Pregnancy is a time of significant hormonal changes, and since your thyroid hormone affects so many of your body’s organs, any changes in thyroid hormone production can throw you out of whack.

Postpartum thyroiditis typically includes a brief period of a few months where you experience hyperthyroidism and then several months of hypothyroidism. But some women only experience hypothyroidism symptoms, and others exclusively experience hyperthyroidism symptoms.

Many women return to normal functioning within a year or two, but for some women, the hypothyroidism becomes permanent.

There are a few pre-existing conditions that can make it more likely for you to develop postpartum thyroiditis. These include:

  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Elevated antithyroid antibodies (even if your thyroid hormone levels are normal)
  • Elevated antiperoxidase (anti-TPO) antibodies
  • Postpartum thyroiditis in a previous pregnancy

There’s evidence that selenium supplements during pregnancy may help prevent this condition for some women. But you should talk with your doctor before adding selenium to your regimen to make sure it will be a good option for you personally.

Unfortunately, the symptoms of postpartum thyroiditis are often wrongly dismissed as the stresses of being a new parent so the condition often goes undiagnosed. If you are concerned you may be experiencing postpartum thyroiditis, it’s important to ask your doctor to do thorough testing of your thyroid hormone production.

If you have experienced postpartum thyroiditis, there’s a higher likelihood that you will experience it after future pregnancies. And the risk for developing hypothyroidism in the years following your pregnancy increases significantly.

That doesn’t mean you need to be overly worried—but it’s a conversation you and your doctor should have, and you should have your thyroid hormones proactively tested once a year if you’ve experienced postpartum thyroiditis.

Want to talk with a doctor who specializes in treating these kinds of issues? Give our office a call. Let’s have a conversation about your health.

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How to accurately determine your body composition http://www.lamkinclinic.com/2017/04/accurately-determine-body-composition/ http://www.lamkinclinic.com/2017/04/accurately-determine-body-composition/#respond Tue, 04 Apr 2017 10:45:57 +0000 http://www.lamkinclinic.com/?p=1150 Chances are you’ve heard about the BMI (Body Mass Index) measurement. It’s a common metric used to determine whether someone is overweight or obese. However, it’s a rule of thumb at best. Your BMI is calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height (in meters) squared. If you want to find your BMI,... Read More →

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scale, calculate bmiChances are you’ve heard about the BMI (Body Mass Index) measurement. It’s a common metric used to determine whether someone is overweight or obese. However, it’s a rule of thumb at best.

Your BMI is calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height (in meters) squared. If you want to find your BMI, you can use that formula, or just enter your height and weight into this calculator from the CDC.

Doctors often use your BMI as a rough estimate of the level of fat in your body, but it’s not a foolproof diagnostic tool. It’s typical for an athlete to have a relatively high BMI, but that’s often due to high levels of muscle mass (which weighs more than fat) rather than high levels of body fat.

And even at the same BMI measurement, different people will have different proportions of body fat, depending on age, gender, and even ethnicity.

So while someone’s BMI can sometimes be a useful tool, it’s not as effective as you might think. Fortunately, there are more accurate ways to measure a person’s body fat relative to their weight.

Some of the other ways to measure body fat include underwater weighing, isotope dilution, measuring skinfold thickness with calipers, and a technique called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (or DEXA for short).

We find that a DEXA scan is the most effective way to determine how much body fat and how much muscle our patients have.

A DEXA scan is a quick scan that allows us to identify several aspects of your body’s composition using cutting-edge technology. Rather than relying on a general formula to determine your BMI, we are able to visually identify what proportion of your body composition is fat and what is lean muscle (and in which body regions).

Want to know more about our DEXA scans, or how we can help you improve your overall body composition? Give our office a call. We’d be happy to talk with you!

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Diabetes and hypothyroidism complications http://www.lamkinclinic.com/2017/03/diabetes-hypothyroidism-complications/ http://www.lamkinclinic.com/2017/03/diabetes-hypothyroidism-complications/#respond Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:45:29 +0000 http://www.lamkinclinic.com/?p=1137 If you have diabetes, you probably already know that it’s the most common disease of the endocrine system. But thyroid disease is the second most common endocrine disorder. And the conditions often are found together. If you have diabetes, talk with your doctor about scheduling screening for thyroid disease—and learn why hypothyroidism can be problematic... Read More →

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Diabetes hypothyroidism complicationsIf you have diabetes, you probably already know that it’s the most common disease of the endocrine system. But thyroid disease is the second most common endocrine disorder. And the conditions often are found together.

If you have diabetes, talk with your doctor about scheduling screening for thyroid disease—and learn why hypothyroidism can be problematic for your diabetes management.

While people with type 1 diabetes are more likely to have issues with their thyroid, hypothyroidism can affect both type 1 and type 2 diabetics.

Prediabetes and hypothyroidism

A recent study finds that adults with hypothyroidism (not enough thyroid hormone) are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than the general population. This likelihood increases for individuals with prediabetes.

Prediabetic adults with hypothyroidism are 40% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Treating the hypothyroidism lowers the risk of developing full-blown diabetes.

Hypothyroidism affects blood lipid levels

Hypothyroidism typically makes the already atypical lipid proportions in diabetic individuals even worse. This lipid pattern includes low levels of “good” HDL cholesterol, high levels of triglycerides, and a high amount of “bad” LDL cholesterol.

Because hypothyroidism typically makes this lipid pattern more problematic, that increases the chance of someone with hypothyroidism and diabetes having heart disease as well.

Treatment during and after pregnancy

If you are pregnant and diabetic, you should know that thyroid issues during pregnancy are three times more common for diabetic pregnant woman than other pregnant women.

You may need to increase your level of hypothyroidism treatment during your pregnancy, and it’s important to closely monitor your thyroid levels during and after pregnancy. The postpartum period is a particularly important time to keep an eye on your thyroid function. Women who develop postpartum thyroiditis are at an increased risk of permanent hypothyroidism within a few years of diagnosis.

Your doctor should be paying close attention to your thyroid health if you are diabetic. The complications of having both conditions can often be mitigated with proper treatment, but will create dangerous issues if left untreated.

If you’re diabetic or even prediabetic and you are concerned about your thyroid health, give us a call. We would love to partner with you in your pursuit of health.

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Hypothyroidism symptoms in men http://www.lamkinclinic.com/2017/03/hypothyroidism-symptoms-men/ http://www.lamkinclinic.com/2017/03/hypothyroidism-symptoms-men/#respond Tue, 07 Mar 2017 11:45:54 +0000 http://www.lamkinclinic.com/?p=1132 While hypothyroidism tends to be more prevalent in women than in men, that means it’s all the more important to talk with a medical professional if you are a man concerned about your thyroid health. Hypothyroidism is often caused by autoimmune disease (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is a common cause), but can also be the result of... Read More →

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hypothyroidism-symptoms-menWhile hypothyroidism tends to be more prevalent in women than in men, that means it’s all the more important to talk with a medical professional if you are a man concerned about your thyroid health.

Hypothyroidism is often caused by autoimmune disease (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is a common cause), but can also be the result of damage to your thyroid, including surgery, or even as the result of treatment for an overactive thyroid.

Some hypothyroidism symptoms are similar in men and women, but there are some symptoms that tend to turn up more often in men. First, I’ll list some of the general symptoms of hypothyroidism, and then some of the symptoms that are more common in men—including erectile dysfunction.

Common hypothyroidism symptoms

Hypothyroidism slows down your body’s metabolism and even energy production—down to the cellular level—and these are some of the most common symptoms.

  • Goiter (swelling of the thyroid gland
  • Feeling cold
  • Difficult time concentrating
  • Tiring easily
  • Weight gain
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Dry skin and brittle nails
  • Sore muscles

Symptoms that are more common in men

Men who have hypothyroidism may not in fact be gaining weight, but they may find that they are losing muscle (and muscle strength).

Premature balding, or even abrupt hair loss, including body hair and eyebrows, also tends to be a hypothyroidism symptom more common in men than women.

Erectile dysfunction

Some men also experience a loss of interest in sex and trouble having erections. Think about it: hypothyroidism basically slows your whole body down. That often includes your sex drive.

A study comparing men with hypothyroidism to men without it found that men with hypothyroidism had significantly more instances of erectile dysfunction than men without the disease.

What should you do if you suspect that you have hypothyroidism?

You should talk with a trusted medical provider about your symptoms and request a test for your thyroid hormone levels. Many doctors will only recommend one test, but there are multiple tests that can determine in more detail what is going on with your thyroid.

There are several treatment options, including both synthetic and natural forms of thyroid hormones. Work with a doctor you trust, who will listen to your concerns, to determine the best treatment options for you.

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