Unexplained Weight Gain? | What Is The Cause?

Hi there, my name is Dr. Dominic Rowley
and I'm the medical director of LetsGetChecked. I'm here today to discuss
with you the concept of unexpected weight gain So many of my patients come to me
complaining of unexpected weight gain. So, what does this mean? Well I suppose the
answer is in that sentence. It's weight gain that you did not expect to gain
because you have not been eating or drinking any extra amounts and you
haven't decreased your exercise significantly so you really weren't
expecting to put on this weight. So, what causes unexpected weight gain
well bar the very obvious cause for our female patients which
would be pregnancy, two very common conditions that lead to unexpected
weight gain would be first of all having an underactive thyroid gland or
hypothyroidism.

The thyroid gland is a gland situated just here in your neck
and it's a really important gland to control the metabolism of the body so it
releases a hormone called thyroxine and this stimulate cells to burn up energy so
it's kind of what we like to refer to as the metabolic powerhouse of the body so
if you have two little thyroxine or your thyroid gland is underactive you may be
prone to gaining weight unexpectedly. Another condition that we commonly see
leading to unexpected weight gain is a condition called PCOS or polycystic
ovarian syndrome and in short this is really where you have an excessive and
male hormones leading to, amongst other symptoms, unexpected weight gain. If you feel you may be suffering from
unexpected weight gain and you can't figure out an obvious reason for it,
please log on to our website LetsGetChecked.com speak with one of
our nurses who'd be happy to advise you about the next steps to take or of
course visit your family physician for further tests.

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If you are suffering from any other
symptoms that can be associated with having an underactive thyroid gland for
example low mood or depression or indeed you feel tired all the time,
please check out some of our other videos where I'll go into greater detail
about those conditions..

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