Can your thyroid make you fat? It’s not uncommon for people to casually lay the blame for extra weight on a thyroid problem.
But is this a self-diagnosis/excuse and is weight gain the only danger of having issues with the thyroid?
To answer these and other thyroid questions, we chatted to Professor Justus Apffelstaedt, one of the few surgeons in South Africa to offer a minimally invasive surgery for hyperparathyroidism.
Who is most at risk for developing a thyroid problem?
Prof Apffelstaedt: Thyroid health concerns may include such symptoms as:
- Increased appetite
- Difficulty concentrating and/or forgetfulness
- Decreased libido
- Dry or itchy skin
- Change in menstruation
- Feeling cold consistently
- Painful or uncomfortable extremities
- High blood pressure
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Fragile bones that easily fracture (osteoporosis)
- Kidney stones
- Excessive thirst in combination with excessive urination
- Abdominal pain
- Tiring easily or weakness
- Depression or forgetfulness
- Bone and joint pain
- Frequent complaints of illness with no apparent cause
- Nausea, vomiting or loss of appetite