Are your hormones making you overweight?

26 March 2013

People considering gastric band surgery must first check to see if their hormones are in fact behind their weight problem.

While a poor diet and a lack of exercise leads to obesity, there can be underlying medical problems that make it harder to shift excess fat.

In some cases weight gain, combined with feeling more sluggish and tired than usual, is in fact the result of an underactive thyroid.

Particularly common in women, the condition occurs when the thyroid gland in the neck doesn't produce enough of a particular home and cannot control how much energy the body produces.

Dr Tara Kearney, a consultant endocrinologist at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, explained to the Daily Mail: "It often gets missed until it’s fairly extreme because the symptoms can be vague.

"People may think they’re putting on weight because they are getting older, and blame feeling a bit flat on life not being great."

She added to the newspaper that because weight gain can happen slowly, it is also hard to notice.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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