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Understanding Health: 4 Underlying Health Issues That Can Cause Weight Gain

The battle for losing weight is familiar to many people. But sometimes no matter what an individual does to keep the weight off, little improvement ever occurs. But if one has tried dieting and exercise and still cannot seem to keep the weight off, an underlying health issue just might be to blame.

In the following, we’ll outline a few health conditions that may be responsible for weight gain.


A condition in that occurs when your thyroid gland doesn’t produce or release enough thyroid hormone into the bloodstream is known as hypothyroidism. And this condition can cause serious health complications, including obesity.

Essentially, Hypothyroidism can cause the body’s metabolism to slow – and this will ultimately lead to an increase in weight.

Sleep Apnea

A sleep disorder that can range from mild to severe, sleep apnea causes routine disruptions in sleep patterns. These disruptions often lead to extreme fatigue which can lead to a lack of stamina that may deter one from regular exercise or daily movement.

In addition, sleep apnea can also cause hormonal imbalance which can change an individual’s eating patterns and lead to unhealthy weight gain.

Hashimoto’s Disease

Hashimoto’s Disease is an autoimmune disorder that attacks the thyroid gland. And it’s estimated that about half of people with hypothyroidism experience some type of weight gain, whether moderate to excessive. But this is because Hashimoto’s disease can often cause hypothyroidism.

As mentioned, hypothyroidism can cause weight gain due to an imbalance in hormones and a slowed metabolism.

Cushing’s Disease

When the body has too much Cortisol over time, Cushing’s disease can develop. And this is usually caused by taking oral corticosteroids for various other conditions.

One of the main symptoms of Cushing’s disease is weight gain as high levels of cortisol in the body result in the movement of fat to regions surrounding the stomach and chest, along with parts of the face.

Tri-Cities Functional Medicine takes a holistic approach to health care and treats the underlining conditions of each patient with specific, restorative care. The professionals at Tri-Cities understand the tools and techniques that can help you to live your healthiest life.

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