What's the disease that doctors miss the most? Here's a hint: Symptoms include weight gain, foggy thinking and fatigue. It's thyroid disease, says Dr. Mehmet Oz, and he explained the importance of diagnosing it and solving it for weight loss and health on his Jan. 1 talk show.
Understanding your thyroid's role: A small gland in your neck, your thyroid helps your body balance hormone production, says Dr. Oz. One of its key roles: Managing your metabolism.
And here's the issue that some face: Even if you have a laboratory test and are told your numbers are within the "normal" range, you can still have thyroid issues that can cause some of these symptoms:
- Weight gain: If during the past three months, you've accumulated 10 or more pounds, talk with your doctor.
- Problems concentrating (brain fog): Feeling unusually forgetful? Brain fog can be one of the symptoms.
- Feeling tired: If you're constantly fatigued, consult your doctor to see if your thyroid might be the culprit.
- Cold: Baby, it's cold outside...all the time. If you always feel chilled, that can be a symptom.
What to do: It's important to talk with your doctor and emphasize the symptoms that might indicate thyroid problems. Avoid most over-the-counter thyroid supplements, as some of these can be dangerous (read about a recent study showing that thyroid supplements can harm your health by clicking here).
In addition, the "Dr. Oz Show" suggests that certain changes in your diet and lifestyle may help:
- Make sure to get enough iodine. Good sources include dairy foods like yogurt, seaweed and shellfish.
- Be cautious about eating too many foods in the goitrogens category. These chemicals lower thyroid function. Included in this category are cabbage, cauliflower, turnips, peanuts and peaches.
- Exercise regularly.
- Get enough selenium by nibbling on Brazil nuts and sunflower seeds.
- Try a holistic supplement called Ashwagandha, such as NOW Foods Ashwagandha. Take two to three grams daily.