Is Your Thyroid Making You Fat?

Article by Dr. Sanford Siegal, D.O., M.D.

Fifty percent of Americans are overweight-could as many as half of them have their thyroid to blame? Dr. Sanford Siegal, D.O., M.D. lets us in on the answer to that question and many more in his breakthrough aid to weight loss Is Your Thyroid Making You Fat? 28 Days to a Life-Changing Diagnosis.

So many men and women have tried any variety of diet and exercise plans with no results or worse-weight gain! Many of these people were tested for metabolic problems with conventional methods such as the TSH test and told by their doctors that they had normal thyroids-but that was before they met with Dr. Siegal. In his forty years of practice, Sanford Siegal, D.O., M.D. has seen thousands of patients who suffer from obesity and monitored their thyroid activity. Dr. Siegal has discovered that with an accurate diagnosis, a weight problem can be brought under control with medication and a special eating plan. And it’s not only about weight loss; Dr. Siegal has found numerous instances of his program improving everything from fertility to memory loss. IS YOUR THYROID MAKING YOU FAT? has a simple 28-day self-test that can determine if an undetected thyroid problem is preventing readers from achieving their weight-loss goals.

By monitoring weight, temperature, and adhering to a diet of a specific percentage of carbohydrates, protein, and fat, readers will know within 28 days if they should seek medical attention. Dr. Siegal’s research and experience has shown that Hypothyroidism is more widespread than it is generally believed. There are many thyroid related factors that contribute to health and weight problems-here are just a few of the reasons why hypothyroidism is so often overlooked as the culprit:

• Hypothyroidism has many different signs and symptoms, but a particular sufferer may only have a few

• A patient who has never had a thyroid condition may suddenly experience hypothyroidism as a result of age, pregnancy, or medication

• Many physicians place complete confidence in the laboratory results for thyroid function, whereas there are several other indicators of hypothyroidism such as a lower-than-normal body temperature or elevated cholesterol

• Patients that are assumed to have depression or chronic fatigue syndrome may actually be suffering from hypothyroidism-prescribing a thyroid hormone can often drastically change the personality of a patient with hypothyroidism and would, in turn, greatly reduce the reliance on antidepressants in treating depression.

Additional Net Resources:

Treatment of Hypothyroidism
“Hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid system, is one of the most underdiagnosed and important conditions in the United States. It has been called the “unsuspected illness” and accounts for a great number of complaints in children, adolescents and adults..”
NOTE: This isn excellent article by Michael Schachter, M.D., P.C., and worth reading.

Hypothyroidism -
In women with hypothyroidism treated with thyroxine, estrogen therapy may increase the need for thyroxine.
NEJM 2001(344)23:1743-1749

Calcium carbonate -
Scientists report that consuming calcium carbonate, the most recommended form of calcium supplements can interfere with your thyroid medication. According to a study done at UCLA, calcium can prevent the absorption of thyroxine. Now this just doesn’t seem fair… as women are most likely to be hypothyroid AND at risk for osteoporosis. However, if you take your thyroid in the morning and your calcium supplements at night, you can prevent this problem.
JAMA 2000(283)21:2822-2825