A Little Thyroid Goes a Long Way

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When we’re younger, we worry about packing on the freshman 15 — but we also need to focus on avoiding the 40-something (and plus!) 15. Once you start nearing the big 4-0, your body may stop producing key hormones at the optimal levels, resulting in a sluggish metabolism that doesn’t burn calories the way it used to.

And one of the most common hormones to slip away as we age is among the most important — the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), which is produced in the thyroid gland. Optimal thyroid function is necessary to regulate fat burning and help keep off the pounds, but a significant percentage of women find that their thyroid function slumps as they head into their 40s. Here’s how to tackle this head-on.

 

  • Watch for symptoms of hypothyroidism. A low thyroid level will result in sluggishness, fatigue, weight gain, dry skin, and stiff joints. If you develop these symptoms, it’s time to talk with a doctor.
  • Get your levels tested. Have your doctor check your thyroid levels to see if you’re producing enough hormones on your own to help maintain your weight. Get tested for T3 and T4 for the most accurate reading. You may also want to get your levels of other hormones, including cortisol and insulin, checked at the same time, as low or high numbers of these can be the culprits behind the drop in your thyroid levels.
  • Take your medicine. Your doctor may prescribe thyroid medication to help boost your levels. Ask for natural thyroid supplementation like Armour natural thyroid complex or Cytomel.
  • Get it just right. Regular blood tests ensure that your thyroid function remains optimal. While low thyroid levels point to fatigue, symptoms of elevated levels (or hyperthyroidism) include heart palpitations and inability to sleep. For this reason, it’s important you have open communication with your physician about your symptoms. It may take more than one visit to arrive at the right dosage; regular blood tests will reveal if the dose needs to be tweaked. Again, getting your hormones just right is the goal.

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Good morning, Kristin. So does a thyroid a day keep the dr away?

Mar 28, 2011 04:07 AM #1
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I remember the days when I could eat anything, and as much of it as I wanted... after 40 I need to remind myself that I cant do that anymore! 

Mar 28, 2011 04:09 AM #2
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Kristin, I WISH that explained my weight gain!  I attribute it to the amazing Mexican food we have around my neighborhood!  LOL

Mar 28, 2011 04:34 AM #3
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YOu goof Michael...love it!

Robert, I am 37 and think that too now! Boooo

Linda, I am sure mine is a combination LOL

Mar 28, 2011 05:15 AM #4
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Kristin

I have always been hyper. My thyroid is never stopping. When I was a kid my grandmother used to keep me on a ruber band in the super market. I used to toss her cantelope and say "think fast" She responded by swatting me. She thought real fast at times.

Mar 28, 2011 05:48 AM #5
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Kristin

I have always been hyper. My thyroid is never stopping. When I was a kid my grandmother used to keep me on a ruber band in the super market. I used to toss her cantelope and say "think fast" She responded by swatting me. She thought real fast at times.

Mar 28, 2011 05:48 AM #6
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Tom, and she thought a rubber band would hold you back?  LOL

Mar 28, 2011 06:32 AM #7
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Kristin

Thanks for sharing the tip.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Mar 28, 2011 10:42 AM #8
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YOu are most welcome Lou!

Mar 28, 2011 11:27 AM #9
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I'm totally blaming the thyroid for all my issues!  ha ha, or I'll just eat right and exercise!!!

Mar 29, 2011 10:45 AM #10
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I hear ya Cindy LOL!!!

Mar 29, 2011 11:09 AM #11
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Kristin, 37??? you are just a baby!  :)

Mar 30, 2011 03:14 AM #12
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Robert, yup...for another month or so, then another year older yet!  Boooo

Mar 30, 2011 03:14 AM #13
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Happy "Almost Birthday" Kristin!  I hope you have a great birthday.

Apr 01, 2011 05:20 AM #14
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
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he he..thanks...my bday is apr 25th,but some folks thought it was today....do I need to update that somewhere?  Where did you see the info?

Apr 01, 2011 05:27 AM #15
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I didnt see it, just read your comment that it was close to your B-day...

Check Facebook, that may be wrong if more than one person got it wrong...

Apr 04, 2011 08:31 AM #16
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I will check that out Robert...thanks!

Apr 04, 2011 08:44 AM #17
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