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Hypothyroid and weight gain - and Vitamin D IS a hormone

Just a snippet from "you and your hormones" from the Society for Endocrinology.

(if, like me, you've been told weight gain is nothing to do with it!)

"Hypothyroidism in adults causes a decreased metabolic rate. This results in symptoms which include fatigue, intolerance of cold temperatures, low heart rate, weight gain, reduced appetite, poor memory, depression, stiffness of the muscles and infertility."

And Vitamin D IS a hormone....

J :D

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That vitamin D article is peculiar.

Vitamin D is a hormone produced by the kidneys...


Alternative names for vitamin D

Calcitriol (or 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D); ergocalciferol (vitamin D2); cholecalciferol (vitamin D3); calcidiol (25-hydroxyvitamin D).


The action of sunlight on our skin produces a substance called cholecalciferol, which is converted by the liver to calcidiol.

So, vitamin D is produced in the kidneys, but under its other name of cholecalciferol it is produced in the skin. And under yet another name, calcidiol, it is produced in the liver.

And the only thing we all already know about vitamin D is that it needs sunlight - so how does that get into the liver and kidneys?

But they are all vitamin D because they have just said so...

The active form of vitamin D is produced primarily by the kidneys

Ah - so all these differently named things which are vitamin D also are not vitamin D because they are not active???

Yes - it does make some sense if you already understand. For anyone else, it is grotesquely confusing.



Actually a lot of the stuff on that site was a bit weird, not updated I suppose, anyway we're entitiled to choose quotes we agree with! lol! J :D


No argument with you!

But if that is the way they try to communicate with the rest of the world, no wonder we have a gap 'twixt them and us!


not at all argumentative Rodders, as if!

I did post this with a little feeling 'that's a bit odd' but of course it's an Endo site so it must be 'cosha'

Hoping it would be somewhere to get real info and true quotes to help us 'roidies' .... J :D


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