Interviewer: Doctor, you have a book that's titled The Hypothyroid Diet. Can you just explain what hypothyroidism is? It's tough to say.
Dr. Kevin Dobrzynski: Easy for you to say. You know, hypothyroidism typically the medical community looks at hypothyroidism and the definition of hypothyroidism is having low thyroid hormone. And a lot of people recognize this as, well the thyroid is not producing enough thyroid hormone, which in fact is not the case. Most people do have enough thyroid hormone. Their body is making enough thyroid hormone, but for some reason thyroid hormone is just not getting into the cells or into the tissues of the human body. And so, you know, when we look at hypothyroidism it may not be that just the thyroid is malfunctioning. There's a lot of different factors that come into play as to why people are symptomatic or have symptoms of hypothyroidism.
Interviewer: So what are they? I mean, how does somebody know that might be an issue?
Dr. Kevin Dobrzynski: There is a long list of symptoms. So the main ones are fatigue, weight gain, depression. So if you take someone off the street, they come in the office right now, talk to a physician, they say well, I have weight gain, I have tired, and yeah I'm feeling a little down and out. I mean, that could be a number of different conditions. So that's one of the reasons why it's often misdiagnosed or under diagnosed. But, from there you could be infertile, high menstruation for women, aches and pains, lose your hair, low libido, dry hair, skin, nails, talked about depression, high cholesterol, cold hands and feet, factors that are something we call positive sock sign because most people that have hypothyroidism wear socks to bed at night. Because what it's doing essentially is bringing the anabolic rate of the body down. So, typically these folks are very, very cold. So, the thing is, it effects every cell in the human body. It's in every cell, so it affects all the different organ systems, all the glands of the body, and that's why there's so many different symptoms. Everything just slows down. And so we talk about slowing down, that's when the weight gain comes in, when fatigue comes in, you don't have enough energy, people get constipated because of GI. It's just not functioning as well. Liver function slows down. You get a buildup of toxins in the body, so people can get brain fog. It goes on and on and on.
Interviewer: So if that's not treated or looked at, what happens down the road if someone lets this go?
Dr. Kevin Dobrzynski: Well it's not a good thing. Typically, two of the biggest problems with it is it leads to heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, and increase incidence for cancer. So if you don't treat it, there are some serious issues that, you know, that can arise if it's not treated correctly. You know, I mean, people become diabetic and we just think about what happens when the body slows down, the buildup of toxins, you're not burning the fuel, you can't think, and all these different symptoms start to pop up and you get other conditions that really start to arise because of hypothyroidism. And I get that question all the time. And it's like, I have this going on. Can it be because of hypothyroidism? I'm like, sure. We can't rule it out. So if you can fix that, and if you can fix hypothyroidism, you can fix a lot of different problems.