5 Hidden Ailments That Are Making You Fat

You diet and exercise, but you can’t seem to lose weight. It might be wise to get tested for these five under-the-radar (yet treatable) culprits.

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Your thyroid gland plays a big role in the regulation of your metabolism. If it secretes too many hormones, it can make you lose a ton of weight (and bring other unpleasant side effects like anxiety and heart palpitations). And if it releases too few hormones, it can contribute to stubborn weight gain – plus, dry out your skin and leave you sluggish. Find out if an overactive thyroid is to blame for your weight gain by getting a THS test – a simple blood test. Your doctor will put you on the thyroid replacement treatment that’s right for you.

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