Leptin Works in Many Brain Areas

Tuesday, October 30, 2007  -  Byron J Richards

A handful of individuals have a rare genetic mutation that causes them to make no leptin at all.  These individuals become morbidly obese because they never get a proper full signal.  By comparison, 99.99% of overweight people make too much leptin; however, the leptin does not get into the brain properly (leptin resistance), so they sort of behave like the person who makes no leptin at all. 

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Obesity Causes Thyroid Problems

Friday, October 26, 2007  -  Byron J Richards

You are not alone if you think a sluggish thyroid is causing you to gain weight.  Contrary to this popular belief, in most cases it is just the other way around.  Gaining weight is actually causing the thyroid to become sluggish.  If your thyroid is struggling the problem tends to get worse the more times you go on a diet and lose some weight and then gain it all back again, typically with a few extra pounds for good measure.

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Fall Season May Trigger Thyroid-Induced Depression

 -  Byron J Richards

It could be a beautiful Indian summer fall day, but if you have a sluggish thyroid your mood may already be taking a beating.  Fall and spring are often difficult times if you have a struggling thyroid gland.  Large fluctuations in temperature pose a unique stress to the thyroid system.

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Body Temperature and Thyroid Problems

Friday, October 26, 2007  -  Byron J Richards

When your thyroid hormone is working properly inside cells you will make 65% energy and 35% heat as you burn calories for fuel.  Thyroid hormone is governing your basal metabolic rate, orchestrating the idling speed at which all cells make energy and thus heat.

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What is Thyroid-Related Fatigue?

 -  Byron J Richards

Energy is the backbone of life.  All systems in your body need energy to function properly.  How you produce and distribute energy is complex; thyroid hormone function has a major impact on all of your energy systems.  However, not all fatigue or tiredness is due to thyroid malfunction.  How do you tell the difference?

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Oprah, Thyroid, and Million of Americans

 -  Byron J Richards

Millions of Americans suffer from some degree of thyroid problem.  You may be one of the many whose sluggish thyroid problem did not show up on a lab test.  This is partly because thyroid lab tests do not accurately measure the activity of thyroid hormone inside cells.

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