15 March 2016

A Birthday Wish

Since my last post in January about weight issues, after two long months I do not see an improvement (or shall I say reduction) in my weight.

Culpable to my inability to lose weight is the fact that I have a condition called hypothyroidism. It usually leads to weight gain from a buildup of salt and water in your body. Much of my life past forty I've lived with hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue. Like many people with untreated hypothyroidism, my symptoms included weight gain, high cholesterol, mild depression, blood pressure issues, feeling tired, cold hands and feet, brain fog, hair loss, dry skin, low energy, and so much more. It was only a few years ago that the condition was diagnosed, and treated with daily medication.

I first experience an unexplained change in weight a few years ago. It was at first attributed to the belief that a person's body starts to lower its metabolism rate once he reaches forty. From a plateau of the mid 80s my weight suddenly shot upwards of 90 kilograms. This I later found out is one of the most common signs of a thyroid disorder. Weight gain may signal low levels of thyroid hormones, which is hypothyroidism. Because patients with an underactive thyroid tend to have a very low basal metabolic rate, one of the most noticeable symptoms of hypothyroidism is weight gain and naturally after that, difficulty in losing weight.

Oh well, enough with the excuses. Onwards and upwards (or downwards, as the case may be).


By the way today is my birthday and this year marks a new chapter: no birthday cake!

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