Our expert says:
I am sorry to hear that you had thyroid cancer and had to have your thyroid gland removed. The Eltroxin you are taking should help you lose weight, not cause any gain. Patients with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes have so-called insulin resistance, which involves insulin a hormone produced by another gland called the pancreas. If you are not losing weight on the diet that you describe which looks sensible (except that it is rather high in protein) and low-fat, and the Glucophage, then I would urge you to consult a registered dietitian for an individual diet prescription. It is essential for anyone with insulin resistance (IR) to consult a registered dietitian, because the correct diet is one of the most important factors in treatment. Visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area. The dietitian will take your IR, medications and other conditions such as overweight and hypothyroidism, into account when working out a diet for you, which will be based on low-fat foods with a low glycaemic index (GI). Click on 'Diet and Nutrition' and 'Weight loss' and 'The Glycaemic Index' and read the articles on the GI. Also click on ‘Food as Medicine' on the Diet Site and then on ‘Type 2 diabetes’. You mention that you did a lot of training for 12 years. If you are still doing a lot of exercise, then please keep up the good work because it should help with the weightloss and also continue to stimulate your metabolism that may be sluggish due to the lack of a thyroid gland.
I hope that you will see a dietitian and that you will then start losing weight.
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