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Why Seeking Medical Advice Before Dieting IS Important
self: february 2014
la_estrella wrote in no_dieting
Every advertisement for any diet says, "Please consult a physician before starting a weight loss regimen." The actual wording varies from advertisement to advertisement, but the gist is the same: Talk to a medical professional before you start attempting to lose weight. Now, I'm the first to admit that I never really thought about that much before recently. There's actually a very, very good reason for this.

Generally speaking, when you eat more calories than you can burn, you're bound to gain weight. That doesn't take everything into consideration, though. Prescription medicines -- especially ones to treat mood issues, diabetes, and pain -- list weight gain as a side effect. I personally experienced most of my weight gain when I was switched onto Geodon for the first time. One of my uncles gained weight on a medicine they put him on. I'm not saying that you shouldn't be on medicines. Far from it. Just remember that if you absolutely cannot lose weight, this may be a point to consider with your medical professional. Never go on or off medicine without consulting a medical professional.

Another cause of weight gain in women is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (more commonly known as PCOS). This is actually more common than most people realize. From the websites I've seen (from Google Health to the Mayo Clinic and various government health websites) I can't tell for sure whether weight gain and the in ability to lose weight are causes of PCOS or symptoms of PCOS. At any rate, it's one of the things I plan on having checked in the near future.

I've heard of this through House, MD, but there's actually something to it. Cushing's Syndrome. The weight gain is generally in the face and upper back, so take that into consideration. I really can't describe it, so it's best to read it at the National Institutes of Health website.

I have a few friends who have another issue: food intolerances. Sensitivities can cause bloating and weight gain. This is definitely something to discuss with a medical professional, however, because the Internet is frighteningly overpopulated by websites that can steer you in the wrong direction. That's just the nature of the beast, though. At any rate, when planning to omit an entire type of food from your diet, it's extremely important to discuss this with a medical professional, especially so you can ensure your continued well-being by keeping your diet balanced. You need to make up the nutrients you AREN'T getting in another way.

NOTE: I am not saying that gluten-free, lactose-free, vegetarian, vegan, or any other diet like that is bad. Your diet is your choice. For some people that's the only thing that will work, and that's fine. It's important to get all the nutrients your body requires, though, so the guidance of a medical professional is important. Also, your medical professional could be your general practitioner or family medical professional or could be someone at a holistic health store. Again, that's your choice. I've personally found more success with natural remedies, but your mileage may vary. Again, it's personal choice and personal preference.

A final point I'll bring up for your consideration is hypothyroidism, especially as it seems to present in a number of different ways. This runs in my family -- my grandmother and one of my sisters have both been diagnosed with it, and my mother and my other sister will get tested for it, as will I. About.com's checklist may also be a good resource if you plan on talking to your doctor about this. If you're on certain drugs for bipolar and/or depression, you should regularly get your thyroid checked anyway. Make sure they check your T3, T4 and TSH levels.

OK, and this ends today's informative post. This post is by no means all-inclusive of the other issues surrounding weight gain and weight loss. That is yet another reason to check with a medical professional before starting a diet. If you are uninsured or underinsured, there are also other resources in most communities to help you. That's something you'd need to consult someone else on, though, as those things can vary widely.

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