Understanding Weight Gain & Thyroid Disorder

Understanding Weight Gain & Thyroid Disorder

Dr. Peterson talks about hidden factors that may be inhibiting your weight loss.

Do you continuously suffer from increasing weight gain no matter how much you diet? You gain more and more weight and no amount of exercise or diet keeps the weight off.  Do your fingernails have a rigid or wavy texture to them? Our expert today was a leading expert in Thyroid Disorder, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and Hormonal Disorders, Dr. Andrew Petersen of Holtorf Medical Group.


1.       Losing weight is such a hot topic especially this time of the year. Why do you feel so many Americans suffer from the inability to lose weight and keep it off?

While difficulty losing weight doesn’t have just one cause, and everyone's case is a bit different, there are underlying issues common to the vast majority of cases. We know how to identify these; and we know how to eliminate or manage them. For long-term success physicians must look at the metabolic and endocrinological factors leading to weight gain and not assume it is a matter of will-power to eat less and exercise more.

Here at Holtorf Medical Group we identify the underlying causes of the inability to lose weight, including hormonal deficiencies, thyroid imbalance, leptin resistance, insulin resistance, mitochondrial dysfunction, metabolic insufficiency, set-point abnormalities and vitamin deficiencies. We have a wide-range of methods to treat these conditions, ultimately leading to weight loss. Diet and exercise is rarely successful for long-term weight loss if such metabolic disturbances are left untreated.

2.       What are some of the medical causes that you look for in patients who struggle to lose weight and keep it off?

Inability to lose weight or “up and down” weight despite dieting may be indicators of low thyroid levels despite normal "Standard" blood test results in the past. Fingernail ridges may also indicate an undetected thyroid issue. You may actually have low thyroid not detected by standard tests. We've seen and treated thousands of patients who've been told multiple times their levels were "normal". We can help. Proper testing, with a comprehensive panel and expert analysis of results can detect what typical blood tests can't, and you can know for sure if low-thyroid is contributing to your weight-related struggles.

3.  So what can people do on their own to help with losing those extra pounds and feel better overall? 

·         Cut down the sugar and simple carbohydrates in your diet and increase your water intake.  If your mouth is dry, you are thirsty and need to drink more water, unless you are on medications that cause the dry mouth.  We sometimes confuse thirst with hunger and this leaves us eating more than we really want.

·         Get optimum nutritional support. When you are deficient in vitamins or minerals your body will crave more food than you need and your metabolism will be sluggish. 

·         Get more sleep. You should try to get 8-9 hours of solid sleep a night. If you have insomnia, herbals can help. I recommend Sleep Tight, which naturally promotes restorative sleep and can be found online at www.holtraceuticals.com  In addition, taking ½-1 mg of melatonin and calcium with magnesium at bedtime can also help.

·         Test for and address hormone issues, such as thyroid disorder or leptin resistance. If you are tired, have cold intolerance, achiness or ridges on your fingernails, ask your doctor to test your thyroid and leptin levels. Find one that monitors and adjusts your medications so that you are in the optimal range instead of ‘normal’ range.

·         Receive proper yeast treatments. If you have chronic sinusitis or spastic colon, there is a good chance you have fungal/yeast overgrowth in your bowels. Avoid sugar (stevia is a great substitute) and take Candinex or UltraBiotic Max which help fight yeast overgrowth. (Both can be found on our online store at www.holtraceuticals.com)

·         Get adrenal stress support. Start by making an attitude change. Whenever you notice that you’re getting anxious or worried ask yourself the simple question “Am I in imminent danger?” The answer is almost always no, and you’ll find that your adrenal glands relax as you realize this.  If you are experiencing hypoglycemic episodes, consider taking an adrenal glandular that includes licorice.

It is no longer necessary to be on extreme, unsustainable or unhealthy diets to lose weight and keep it off. The recommendations above will not just help you stay trim, but they can leave you healthy and full of vitality as well!

4.  What can you offer your patients, that’s different than all the diets out there, that want to lose say, 20 pounds or more?

The most important thing we do is spend additional time with, listen to, and become better acquainted with our patients and their history so we can better diagnose and treat them. The most critical way we accomplish this is by having them fill-out an in-depth health history questionnaire before they ever visit the center.  This gives us a clear picture of their symptoms and treatment history, current issues and provides other information about their health that may play a critical part in their illness and future wellness.

Additionally, to accurately diagnose, we:

·         Perform 20 to 30 (or more) specialized blood tests that allow us to look at the big picture

·         Test many of the hormones in your system - from thyroid hormones to cortisol

·         Look at other hormone levels, including human growth hormone, testosterone and DHEA

·         Evaluate adrenal and pituitary function

·         Also perform standard blood components, nutritional elements and VAP testing for heart disease risk/detection.

·         Our doctors take the time to understand your unique case; and our holistic view allows us to take a more integrated, comprehensive approach to your diagnosis and treatment.

 If you want more information on how Holtorf Medical Group can help you reach your weight loss goals and effective treatment for weight loss please visit HoltorfMed.com or call 801-821-5384 to talk to a patient representative.

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