As you age, you're going to carry your weight differently, and you will gain weight with time as well. As you get older, it's also more difficult to lose weight, as your metabolism is much slower than it once was. This may be because you aren't as active as you were in your younger days. If you are gaining weight, and you seem to have an even more difficult time losing it, your thyroid may be to blame. There are a few signs to look for that may indicate a thyroid issue, especially if you're gaining weight as well. Read on for a few signs that your thyroid may be giving you troubles and what you can do about it.
You're Tired All Of The Time
If you're constantly tired, your thyroid may be what is actually the problem. You may fall asleep much earlier than normal, and even after a good night's sleep, you may still be very tired. If you're tired and didn't really do much of anything at all, it could be your thyroid. Being this tired is going to leave you wanting to curl up on the couch or in bed, rather than hitting the gym. You may also be battling against yourself to get up the energy to move around more, which can lead to weight gain as well. Pushing hard to get to the gym, to move around, or to simply take a brisk walk is going to be necessary.
You're Noticing Changes To Your Skin
If you have a thyroid problem, you may notice some issues with your skin. Your skin is going to be much drier than it typically is, and this dryness can extend to your hair and nails as well. Dry skin can lead to your hair falling out and your nails becoming brittle and breaking often.
What Should You Do?
If you've noticed the weight gain, and you've had other symptoms as well, your thyroid could be the problem. You can visit your OBGYN to have your thyroid tested with a blood test. If your thyroid is not working as it should, your OBGYN can prescribe a medication to increase your hormone production. This medication needs to be regulated and may take some time to get it just right, but you'll be back to feeling like yourself. This medication can help with dry skin, lack of energy, and can also help you to get on track to lose weight.
If you've gained weight unexpectedly, your thyroid may be the problem. If you've had other symptoms aside from weight gain, have your OBGYN check your thyroid so you can receive the right treatment. Contact an OBGYN for more information related to weight management.