Have you been trying to lose weight but you just can’t seem to do it? Are you doing the things that used to take off the pounds, yet the scale will not budge?
If you are having problems losing weight it could be due to a medical condition that has not been diagnosed yet.
This prompts me to ask the question -- When was the last time you have had your blood drawn? The reason I ask is that blood work is an objective measure that helps us identify diseases that don’t always present with symptoms.
Blood work automatically gives information about the state of some health diseases and may, in some instances, explain why someone is having difficulty losing pounds or inches. It can also explain some other symptoms patients may have, but haven't connected with their difficulty losing weight.
For example, metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes, diabetes and thyroid conditions are a few common conditions that can be diagnosed with simple blood work.
Metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes and diabetes all affect blood sugar level, insulin and cortisol levels which affect people’s ability to release fat from the body.
The thyroid gland is responsible for the body's metabolism so when it is not functioning correctly due to hypothyroidism, it may cause the body to gain weight. This test allows your physician (naturopathic or conventional) to look at one possible reason that weight or inch loss is not happening.
Once the underlying condition has been addressed through naturopathic or conventional methods, you may find that the ability to lose weight comes much more easily.
If you are interested in looking into having blood work done, contact your naturopathic or conventional physician.
"Diabetes." Diagnosis at Mayo Clinic. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Jan. 2014.
"Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)." Hypothyroidism Diagnosis at Mayo Clinic. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Jan. 2014.
"Metabolic Syndrome." Mayo Clinic. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Jan. 2014.