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Weight Loss Tips for Thyroid Patients

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Many times the very thyroid dysfunction is the one that prevents you from losing weight! Indeed, it’s a vicious cycle! Throw insulin resistance in the “mix” and the matter gets even more complicated. Still, there are many important things you can do to break this cycle. Weight Loss Tips Solving insulin resistance When suffering from hypothyroidism, everything in your system slows down right down to your cells. The body’s ability to process carbohydrates slows down too, as does your cell’s ability to absorb blood sugar. The brain, organs and muscles run off of glucose, the body’s preferred source of fuel. If your cells do not get the adequate amounts of glucose into them, you can’t produce energy to help run your body. Hormones are not produced optimally, brain function does not work properly and every system of your body suffers, including the ability to sleep, lose weight, immune and stress […]

Another Reason to Avoid Artificial Sweeteners: Hashimoto’s Disease

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We’ve talked about new research that shows that artificial sweeteners do not help with weight loss. In fact, they actually contribute to weight gain and difficulty losing weight. We also pointed out the link between diet sodas — which use artificial sweeteners — and the link to metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes. Now, a new study has given us another reason to avoid artificial sweeteners: Hashimoto’s disease.   Mary Shomon has posted about the new study, which showed a correlation between artificial sweeteners and elevated TSH levels in Hashimoto’s patients. In comparison to antibody-negative people without Hashimoto’s disease, the antibody-positive patients were also far more likely to be using artificial sweeteners on a daily basis. 

Walk Faster to Get Fit and Accelerate Weight Loss

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New studies have shown that you can improve your health by simply moving around for two minutes out of each hour you are sitting.  A new study reveals you can boost exercise benefits if you take a little more time—and effort—with each step you take. Walk a Little Faster and a Little Longer Research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine evaluates the effect of exercise on abdominal obesity and glucose intolerance. Abdominal fat is composed primarily of visceral fat.  Packed between internal organs and within the torso, visceral fat is also known as a “pot belly.”  It causes the belly to protrude, or hang, over the waistline.  A contributor to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and asthma, abdominal obesity is no joke. Glucose intolerance leads to insulin resistance and is a harbinger of type 2 diabetes.  There is no question that any effort expended to reduce incidence of cardiovascular disease and […]

Want To Lose Weight? Sleep!

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Researchers have learned that sub-chronic sleep restriction — 4 hours of sleep or less in an evening — causes insulin resistance. And, when compared to normal sleep — defined as 8 hours in an evening — sleep restriction wreaks hormonal havoc. First, it caused insulin sensitivity to decrease by 25%. Second, the stress hormone cortisol increased by 21%. This means that shortchanging yourself on sleep can substantially reduce your insulin sensitivity. This increases the risk of weight gain, metabolic syndrome, and eventually, type 2 diabetes. At the same time, increased cortisol can also make your belly fat cells more receptive — causing you to have more belly fat. Increasing cortisol can also lower your sex hormones, and add to adrenal imbalances and adrenal insufficiency. Lack of sleep also negatively affects thyroid hormones, hunger hormones, and other hormones. So, if you want to balance hormones and lose weight, here’s Step One: […]

Is Intermittent Fasting a Key to Weight Loss?

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We know that full-on fasting – such as ultra-low calorie diets, or low-cal juice cleanses — tend to lower the metabolism and bring down the metabolic set-point, especially in people with thyroid issues such as hypothyroidism. But research has shown that short-term fasting does not have this permanent impact on metabolism, while potentially offering a number of other benefits. A 2013 study from the British Journal of Diabetes and Vascular Disease found that IF diets can help combat diabetes and heart disease, lowering blood pressure, reducing insulin levels, and resulting in weight loss. More recently, Yale School of Medicine researchers discovered that a compound produced by the body when fasting can actually block responses that are involved in various inflammatory disorders. Beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHB) is produced when fasting, restricting calories, or on a ultra-low carbohydrate ketogenic diet. BHB inhibits the production of a protein that plays a key role in inflammation […]

Metabolic Syndrome and Your Thyroid

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What is Metabolic Syndrome? Metabolic syndrome refers to a group of risk factors that, when present, increase your risk for developing heart disease, and as a result, increase the risk of heart attack, heart damage, and death. Metabolic syndrome is also linked to obesity and insulin resistance, which can increase the risk for type 2 diabetes. What Did Researchers Learn? In a study reported on in the journal Thyroid, researchers took a group of almost 4000 people who were “euthyroid” — they had thyroid levels that were within the normal reference range. The group studied had no history of thyroid problems or diabetes. They measured body weight, waist circumference, and blood pressure, along with cholesterol, triglycerides, fasting blood glucose, insulin, free T4 (FT4), and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). What the researchers found was surprising. Despite the reliance by many physicians on the TSH as a measure of thyroid function, the […]

Want to Lose Weight? Cut Out Artificial Sweeteners!

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In initial animal studies, the research found that all of the artificial sweeteners caused increased blood sugar. Their theory was that the sweeteners change gut microbes — the bacteria in the stomach that, when balanced, help with proper digestion. By transplanting microbes from artificial-sweetening using mice to germ-free mice, they were able to create glucose intolerance. They went on to study a small group of people as well. The volunteers were healthy, and not consumers of artificial sweeteners. After consuming artificial sweeteners for 6 days at a regular dose, more than half developed impaired glucose tolerance — none had improved glucose tolerance. The medical term for this is NAS-induced dysbiosis — meaning that non-caloric artificial sweeteners have caused an imbalance in the digestive and gut bacteria, that then increases glucose intolerance, and the risk of metabolic problems, including metabolic syndrome and pre-diabetes. What happens when the sweeteners change your bacterial […]

13 Numbers About Your Health That You Need To Know

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2.5 OR LOWER Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) levels above 2.5 are considered to be suspicious for subclinical hypothyroidism by many integrative physicians. The “normal” reference range for the TSH test tends to run from .3 to 4.5, and many patients with levels above 2.5 are told their thyroid is “normal,” while their physicians fail to test to actual circulating thyroid hormone (Free T4, Free T3) or the thyroid antibodies that can detect an autoimmune thyroid disease. 1.3 OR HIGHER The Free T4 test measures the available amount of the T4 storage hormone available to be converted into T3, the active thyroid hormone. While the reference range at many labs runs from .8 to 2.8 ng/dL, integrative physicians have found that most patients feel best when their level falls into the top half of the range, at a level of 1.3 or higher. 3.2 OR HIGHER The Free T3 test measures […]

Vitamin D Lowers Weight and Blood Sugar

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Researchers know that obesity and Type 2 diabetes frequently go along with Vitamin D deficiency, but they wanted to study whether low Vitamin D levels actually contribute to these conditions. According to the study’s principal investigator, Stephanie Sisley, MD, “Our results suggest that vitamin D may play a role in the onset of both obesity and Type 2 diabetes by its action in the brain.” The animals (rats) fasted, and had fasting blood sugar tested. The study then administered Vitamin D3 to obese male rates, directly to the hypothalamus. (A control group did not receive the Vitamin D3). An hour later, all the animals had a glucose tolerance test, after which their blood sugar levels were again measured. The study showed that the animals receiving the Vitamin D3 had improved glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity. (Insulin’s job is the help process glucose out of the bloodstream, and decrease the liver’s […]

Weight Gain Despite Thyroid Treatment May Be Hypothalamic Obesity Disorder

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The research was presented in a poster session by Saad Sakkal, MD at the May 2014 annual meeting of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE). Before we take a look at the research, let’s explain a bit more about the hypothalamus and its impact on weight and metabolism. What is The Hypothalamus? Your hypothalamus is an almond-sized part of the brain that connects your nervous system to your endocrine system, with your pituitary gland acting as a go-between. The job of the hypothalamus is to release hormones that then cause the pituitary gland to release (or stop releasing) pituitary hormones. This hormonal process controls the body’s temperature, hunger, thirst, fatigue, sleep cycles, and daily cyclical rhythms. Cells in the hypothalamus take up the inactive form of thyroid hormone T4 (thyroxine), and convert the T4 into the active thyroid hormone, T3 (triiodothyronine.) The T3 then stimulates the production of TSH, […]

Diabetes and Your Health

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Blaming “bad genes” on diseases like diabetes is a convenient way to escape the obvious things we can do individually, and as a culture, to prevent the escalation of an already epidemic problem. Diabetes is a combination of nutritional and hormonal imbalances. It’s important to correct these imbalances at an early stage, before pre-diabetes develops into full-fledged diabetes. About Diabetes Diabetes can lead to many complications and can impact your cardiovascular health, nervous system, mental health and more. It can even lead to congestive heart failure, heart attack, stroke and kidney failure. In fact, diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure and, if you have diabetes, you have 2 to 4 times the risk of dying from heart disease as someone who does not have diabetes. Stats from the ADA paint a clear picture: diabetes contributed to 231,404 deaths in the year 2007 alone. Watch Dr. Kent Holtorf explaining […]

Tips for Losing Weight With Thyroid Problems

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Losing weight with thyroid problems can be a difficult task. Therefore, thyroid patients need to know more about factors that are likely at work contributing to weight loss challenges — a changed metabolic “set point;” two key hormones: leptin and reverse T3; changes in brain chemistry due to illness or stress; and insulin resistance. Metabolic Set Point The basic premise of the set-point theory is that the body has a built in weight regulating mechanism that will tend to keep your weight in a physiologically established comfortable range. Have you felt that despite initial weight loss success, your body will tend to go back to your “normal” increased weight, despite significantly reducing calories and/or increasing exercise? Just like your body works to maintain a temperature “set point” of 98.6, it also appears to work toward maintaining a particular weight “set point.” There are numerous medications that can result in an increase in the body’s weight […]