Special for Diet.com
by Lionel Bissoon
Author of The Cellulite Cure
Cellulite is a very popular topic for today’s woman. Every major magazine, newspapers and television station has a cellulite story. These stories tend to appear mostly around late spring to early summer. Many of these timely stories tend to focus on treatment options as opposed to medical causes. While few medical causes are ever discussed, hypothyroidism may very well be an ignored or unknown as a cause of cellulite.
While most women with cellulite look at their legs in dismay, at the same time wonder how and why they developed this horrible and disfiguring condition. Cellulite can show its face starting at age 25-35. Cellulite can appear in women who are on a rigorous work out regime, in someone who is sedentary and quite possibly a person who is hypothyroid. This may seem as a surprise to the reader, as many are condition to think that cellulite is present only in those who are overweight and sedentary.
It is estimated that 60 percent of women are subclinically hypothyroid. What this means is a lab test may or may not confirm the diagnosis. However, the patient may have symptoms consistent with hypothyroidism. When this occurs the lab studies need to be interpreted with the symptoms in mind.
It is a common practice for physicians to only order a Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) test without the other components. It is really difficult to interpret the TSH without the other components of the thyroid profile unless it is grossly abnormal. In today’s medicine it is considered abnormal if the TSH is greater than 2.0 with symptoms. However, many physicians still go by the absolute numbers on the reference range with 5.5 being the high end of normal. In other words, the patient symptoms are largely ignored.
Another study, which should be performed, is the Free T3 and Reverse T3. Think of Free T3 as the fuel that runs every cell in the body and Reverse T3 as the fuel that shuts down every cell. The thyroid gland produces a hormone called T4 and this can be converted in to T3 or Reverse T3. Think of T3 as good and Reverse T3 is bad. There are few known reasons why Reverse T3 is produced, such as in starvation, fasting and dieting and there are also unknown reasons.
In hypothyroidism there are over 100 symptoms, some of the major ones are weight gain, fatigue, hair loss, constipation, moody, irritable, difficulty concentration and cold intolerance. Yet symptoms of cold hands and feet are largely ignored. All these symptoms require a thyroid evaluation and treatment when indicated. It is fascinating to hear patient reports of thyroid supplementation producing a warming effect in their extremities. This warming effect can help prevent cellulite from progressing.
Since hypothyroidism lowers the basal metabolic rate, it will surely put one at risk for developing cellulite especially with symptoms of cold extremities. With lower temperature comes lower metabolism that is a perfect setup for the formation of cellulite. Thus, a patient with cellulite with or without all the above symptoms should certainly have their thyroids evaluated. In some patients early cellulite may be the only sign of hypothyroidism.
Pioneering the use of Mesotherapy in the U.S. to combat cellulite, Dr. Lionel Bissoon has helped thousands of women experience cellulite-free legs and buttocks. Complete with case studies, before-and-after photos and straightforward advice, his new book, "The Cellulite Cure" offers hope to cottage cheese thighs everywhere. To discover the only proven treatment option for cellulite, go to www.cellulite.md.