The Connection Between Thyroid, Weight Gain, and Metabolic Health

Sara Gottfried Women's Health Article |Thyroid and Metabolic Health|The Connection Between Thyroid, Weight Gain, and Metabolic Health

An unexplained change in weight is one of the most common signs of a thyroid disorder. Weight gain may signal low levels of thyroid hormones, a condition called hypothyroidism. In contrast, if the thyroid produces more hormones than the body needs, you may lose weight unexpectedly combined with symptoms like palpitations and anxiety. This is…

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Thyroid, Your Weight, and Metabolism

Sara Gottfried MD | Women's Health |Thyroid, Your Weight, and Metabolism

How’s your thyroid? Do you know your level of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH)? It’s estimated that about 60 million Americans, both men and women, struggle with thyroid problems. Most don’t know it. Women struggle with their thyroid more than men. A common sign of a thyroid problem is difficulty losing weight, despite doing all the…

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Metabolic Health: Why You Must Care and How to Measure It

Sara Gottfried MD | Women's Health |Metabolic Health: Why You Must Care and How to Measure It

Are you metabolically healthy? If not, you’re not alone. Only around 12% of Americans have achieved metabolic health.1 What does metabolic health mean and why do we all need to start caring more about it? How do you measure metabolic health? Let’s start by looking at the word metabolism. A lot of people misconceive the…

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Ketogenic Diet: Who Benefits and Who Is at Risk?

Sara Gottfried MD Women's Health Article | Ketogenic Diet | Ketogenic Diet: Who Benefits and Who Is at Risk?

The ketogenic diet (“keto”) is often touted as an easy way to lose weight fast, providing impressive weight-loss results for men and women alike. But is it true? How do you separate fact from fiction when it comes to keto when there are so many so-called experts stating keto is safe for everyone? Part of…

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PCOS: Natural Solutions for a Common Hormone Imbalance

Sara Gottfried MD Women's Health Article |PCOS|PCOS: Natural Solutions for a Common Hormone Imbalance

What is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)? It is a complex endocrine disorder that affects 20 to 30 percent of women. In medicine, we use the term syndrome to describe a collection of signs and symptoms that don’t necessarily have a single identifiable cause or pathological process. PCOS causes the sex hormones in women to become…

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Hormone Therapy for Women: What Are the Known Risks?

Hormone Therapy for Women: What Are the Known Risks? |Hormone Therapy| Sara Gottfried, M.D.

Discussion about hormone therapy for perimenopause and menopause is complex. Questions about safety, timing, and duration typically require a nuanced conversation about a person’s history, diet, lifestyle, risk factors, genetics, blood tests, and cognitive function. This article illustrates why the discussions are complicated and how I approach them. I practice Precision Medicine, which means that…

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