Bariatric Surgery and Thyroid Problems

Bariatric Surgery and Thyroid Problems

Bariatric surgery can be a solution for people who are experiencing obesity problems to live a healthier life. Bariatric surgery also known as obesity surgery can be practiced with different methods. The greatest benefit of obesity surgery is to cure health problems which either grow alongside obesity or can be risky with obesity. One of the health problems is thyroid.

It is important for thyroid to work for your general health. Thyroid provides with the hormones it releases:

Regulation of heart rate

Body temperature

Glowing skin


How Thyroid Affects Your Weight?

In thyroid problems, the thyroid gland’s activity is either too much (hyperthyroidism) or less than normal (hypothyroidism).

Since thyroid affects hormone levels, people who has hypothyroidism experience problems when it comes to losing weight. Thyroid also affects metabolism rate so people who has hypothyroidism have hard times when losing weight even with exercise and diet. Along with unexplainable weight gain, hypothyroidism signs are as following:

  • Hair loss
  • Dry skin
  • Depression
  • Constipation
  • Slowing in heart rate
  • Fatigue

Can Thyroid Patients Choose Bariatric Surgery?

Thyroid patients can choose bariatric surgery. Obesity surgery helps to heal thyroid function with patients who has hypothyroidism. After the surgery, is it common to see a decrease in autoimmunity and side effects of chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, improvement on thyroid functions and less need in medicine. This way patients can lose weight easier and they gain better life comforts.

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