The weight is over (or under). We’re here to help.
Hypothyroidism, obesity, anorexia, and hormone imbalances. Let’s take things inch by inch.
What is Hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism (also called underactive thyroid) occurs when your thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough of certain crucial hormones that help control things such things as heart rate, body temperature, and metabolism.
The beginning stages of hypothyroidism may not result in any signs or symptoms, but as it progresses one or more of the following may occur:
- Increased sensitivity to cold
- Weight gain
- Inability to stay focused
- Muscle weakness
- Muscle cramps
What is Obesity?
Sure you’ve heard the word “obesity” thrown around, but it’s more serious than you may realize. In fact, obesity is a disorder that involves excessive body fat that increases the risk of developing a variety of health problems. A person is said to be obese when they have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher.
Causes of Obesity
There are several causes that can lead to obesity, but some of the most common include:
- Living a sedentary lifestyle
- Poor diet and excessive overeating
- Side effects or complications from medications
- Diseases such as hypothyroidism
What is Anorexia?
Anorexia is characterized by low appetite and body weight. It is both a physical and emotional eating disorder that causes people to obsess about their weight and what they eat.
Implications of Anorexia
Because Anorexia is an unhealthy condition involving your diet, it has many unpleasant side effects due to malnutrition such as:
- Abdominal pains
- Muscle weakness
- Chronic fatigue
- Dry, yellow skin
Sunnyvale Primary Care Can Help
As you can see, we treat a variety of endocrine conditions. Dr. Kam and Dr. Fontenot along with the rest of the team here at Sunnyvale Primary Care are dedicated to making you feel comfortable as we improve your health and well-being.