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Weight Problem with Under Active Thyroid Gland

Hi, I am 69 years of age and have had an underactive thyroid gland for some years. I am on Thyroxine. I keep myself fit by going swimming twice a week and walk a lot. I try to keep my weight down by going to Weight Watchers. Unfortunately the weight does not come off easily. I have lost over 2 stone. But it did take a long time. Sometimes a few pounds creep on and I do not know why. Does anybody have the same problem or can give advice.

Thank you Jackie

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JackieOliver,

If you post your recent thyroid results and ranges members will advise whether you are optimally dosed on Levothyroxine. Undermedication will make it very difficult to lose weight.

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Also have you had vitamin D, folate, ferritin or B12 tested recently. These can often be too low and not helping.

Post results and ranges if you have them

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I am very overweight since starting Levothyroxine. I am now on the auto immune paleo diet, which is no gluten. You can get details online. Some people believe a low calorie diet can slow the metabolism and make the thyroid problems worse.

Thyroid hormones do also need to be in range.

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