I've been diagnosed hypothyroid after a blood test (8.2 TSH). I exhibit most of the hypothyroid symptoms (cold hands and feet, low body temperature, foggy head, general fatigue) but I'm a pretty lean somewhat muscular guy (5'10 165 pounds). I average around 3,000 calories a day, so I'm not undereating. I'm just wondering how this can be, when all I read on hypothyroid is weight gain being the biggest symptom. Why could this be?
I don't think leanness has any effect on hypothyroid status, there could be numerous reasons why you don't gain weight.
Most people are probably somewhat hypothyroid as you have to really make sure to get enough sugars and nutrients to deal with the stress of modern day society while avoiding anti-thyroid foods like PUFA, excessive muscle meat and raw vegetables.
My temperature was stuck in the 97s even while eating plenty of starch and avoiding anti-thyroid foods, in my experience sugar has had the greatest effect on body temperature which is the biggest indicator for thyroid function according to broda barnes and many others. My temp is now consistently ~98.6 after eating and in the high 97s upon waking. I eat pretty frequently up to 5 meals a day, lots of juice, milk, salt and other pro-thyroid foods.
I was recently told that I have relatively low thyroid hormones when I got some blood work back from my doctor. I'm female, 5'3" and typically weigh between 110-115 pounds. Not over weight.
I've had a low baseline body temperature my whole life. I also have cold feet and hands, fatigue, and all those other lovely symptoms.
But, I haven't gained weight.
Must be common?
Personally I lost weight after going hypothyroid. Not enough of an appetite maybe.
Regardless, have it treated so that it is within a healthy range. All kinds of negative things can happen with it out of range.
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