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I’ve always had trouble gaining weight. Could I have an overactive thyroid?​

“It’s a common misperception that being thin is a sign of a thyroid problem, but there may be other reasons why a person might have difficulty gaining weight,” says Tom Thomas, D.O., a specialist in Endocrinology at Kelsey- Seybold Clinic. “The thyroid gland secretes hormones that help regulate metabolism. An overactive thyroid, or hyperthyroidism, can cause unexplained weight loss, but there are usually other symptoms. These include an increased appetite, nervousness, restlessness, heat intolerance, fatigue, frequent bowel movements, menstrual irregularities in women, and a visibly enlarged thyroid gland.”

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Tom Thomas, DO

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