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Is Your Thyroid Making You Fat?

Is your weight gain the sign of an underactive thyroid? Test your symptom knowledge with this quiz.

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Is Your Thyroid Making You Fat?
Is Your Thyroid Making You Fat?
Question 1 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a common symptom of hypothyroidism?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Depression, constipation and thinning hair are all symptoms of hypothyroidism, as are fatigue, weight gain, brittle nails and dry skin. Hypothyroidism has many symptoms, and only your doctor can tell if the symptoms are the result of hypothyroidism or another condition.

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Hypothyroidism is most common in…

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The correct answer is: Women have 10 times the risk of hypothyroidism than men. However, it also occurs in men and children.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

What percentage of women have hypothyroidism?

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The correct answer is: Researchers believe up to 15% of all women have hypothyroidism or a low-functioning thyroid. However, only half of these women actually have the condition diagnosed.

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How does hypothyroidism affect the sex drive?

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The correct answer is: Hypothyroidism may cause low sex drive.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Which of these conditions is the most common cause of hypothyroidism?

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The correct answer is: Hashimoto's thyroiditis is the most common cause of hypothyroidism. It causes the immune system to attack the thyroid, which prevents it from releasing hormones at normal levels.

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Hypothyroidism is often mistaken for which of these conditions?

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The correct answer is: Hypothyroidism often mimics depression, which makes diagnosis more difficult. It can also be mistaken for menopause.

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As you age, your risk for hypothyroidism…

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The correct answer is: As you age, your risk for hypothyroidism increases. A family history of hypothyroidism also increases your risk for the condition.

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At what age does the American Thyroid Association recommend adults begin testing for hypothyroidism?

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The correct answer is: The American Thyroid Association recommends adults get checked for hypothyroidism beginning at age 35. However, other organizations' guidelines vary. Talk to your doctor about whether you should be tested.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Women with hypothyroidism are twice as likely to…

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The correct answer is: Women with untreated or undertreated hypothyroidism are at an increased risk for developing heart disease, which makes it likely they could suffer a heart attack. Low thyroid increases bad cholesterol and blood pressure and reduces the pumping action of the heart.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Hypothyroidism puts a woman at risk for which of these conditions?

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The correct answer is: Hypothyroidism increases a woman's risk for miscarriage. Hypothyroidism can cause preterm birth and can also affect a baby's health: Babies born to women who have moderate to severe hypothyroidism are more than six times as likely to die soon after birth.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Hypothyroidism puts a person at risk for…

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The correct answer is: If you have hypothyroidism, have your cholesterol tested regularly. Hypothyroidism increases a person's risk for high cholesterol and heart disease.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: While your thyroid remains uncontrolled, you cannot lose weight.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Hypothyroidism does not make weight loss impossible. Most of the weight gain caused by hypothyroidism is due to salt and water retention, which goes away with thyroid treatment. After treatment, people with hypothyroidism can lose weight the same as people with normal thyroid function.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Which of these tests diagnoses hypothyroidism?

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The correct answer is: Blood tests can diagnose hypothyroidism. A TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) blood test is the standard diagnostic test, along with a physical examination. A thyroid hormone blood test may also be done.

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At what age does hypothyroidism risk tend to spike in women?

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The correct answer is: A woman's risk of hypothyroidism increases after age 50. Compounding the problem: Menopause. Hypothyroidism upsets the normal balance of chemical reactions in the body, while menopause upsets the normal balance of hormones. If left undiagnosed and untreated, hypothyroidism can cause many complications during menopause.

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People with hypothyroidism should break exercise into several small segments throughout the day because…

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The correct answer is: Many people with hypothyroidism suffer from fatigue and tire easily. Break exercise sessions into 15 to 20-minute blocks to keep from running out of energy as quickly. The cumulative effect of several exercise sessions is just as beneficial as a single longer period of exercise.

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How is hypothyroidism treated?

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The correct answer is: Hypothyroidism is easily treated with thyroid hormone-replacement medication. Symptoms typically disappear in a few months.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Which of these nutrients impairs your body's ability to absorb thyroid medication?

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The correct answer is: Too much dietary fiber can impair the absorption of thyroid medication. People on thyroid meds need to take them on an empty stomach, and at least one hour before taking any other medications.

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True or false: A diet of low-fat foods can treat hypothyroidism.

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The correct answer is: This is false. A specific diet cannot treat hypothyroidism. Instead, it's important to eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains so that your body is properly supplied with vitamins and minerals.

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You can prevent hypothyroidism by…

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The correct answer is: You cannot prevent most cases of hypothyroidism. Most hypothyroidism that is the result of Hashimoto's thyroiditis cannot be prevented. That's why it's important to be aware of possible symptoms of the condition, especially as you age, and alert your doctor to them so he can begin testing.

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True or false: Most people with hypothyroidism can discontinue taking the medication after a few months of normal hormone function.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Synthetic thyroid hormone medications are very effective, and most symptoms of hypothyroidism are usually relieved within a few months. However, many people with hypothyroidism will have to continue taking the medication for the rest of their lives.

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Thyroid

A member of our endocrine system, the thyroid gland produces hormones that help control many of our body functions, such as weight and temperature.Located at the base of our neck, this butterfly-shaped gland makes several hormones...

, which are collectively known as thyroid hormones. These hormones are especially key in the brain development of infants and children. Thyroxine, also known as T4, is the primary hormone secreted by the thyroid gland; this hormone helps control our metabolism, a chemical process that turns our food into energy. A lack of iodine in your food can cause the thyroid to swell, a condition called a goiter. Several other disorders and diseases can affect this gland, including cancer. If you notice swelling in your neck or feel a lump, make sure you see your doctor; this could indicate a problem with this important gland.
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