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Is my hunger caused by my thyroid?

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Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck. It makes hormones that control the rate at which every organ in your body works. If your thyroid is working too quickly, you could have hyperthyroidism. Besides an enlarged thyroid gland, other signs of the problem include:

  • Fast pulse
  • Feeling nervous
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SOURCES:

Aldrich, N. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, May-June 2013.

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Antihistamines and Weight Gain."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Eating During Pregnancy."

American Diabetes Association: "Diabetes Symptoms."

American Sleep Association: "Sleep Deprivation -- What is Sleep Deprivation?"

Chambers, L. Trends in Food Science and Technology, February 2015.

Cleveland Clinic: "Am I Pregnant?"

Coffin, C. Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology, April 2006.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Emotional Eating: Causes, Prevention, Treatment and Resources."

Harvard Health Publications: "Why stress causes people to overeat," "Could it be my thyroid?"

Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health: "Artificial Sweeteners," "Fiber," "Sleep: Waking Up to Sleep's Role in Weight Control," "Carbohydrates."

KidsHealth.org: "Polyphagia."

Mayo Clinic: "Diabetes symptoms: When diabetes symptoms are a concern," "Stress Management," "Depression (major depressive episode)," "Hypoglycemia."

University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences/Science Life: "Sleep loss boosts hunger and unhealthy food choices."

UC San Diego Health: "Wide Effect: Drugs That Promote Weight Gain."

University of Rochester Medical Center: "When Your Weight Gain Is Caused By Medicine."

Van Den Eeden, S. Neurology, October 1994.

Yang, Q. Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, June 2010.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 2, 2019

SOURCES:

Aldrich, N. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, May-June 2013.

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Antihistamines and Weight Gain."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Eating During Pregnancy."

American Diabetes Association: "Diabetes Symptoms."

American Sleep Association: "Sleep Deprivation -- What is Sleep Deprivation?"

Chambers, L. Trends in Food Science and Technology, February 2015.

Cleveland Clinic: "Am I Pregnant?"

Coffin, C. Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology, April 2006.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Emotional Eating: Causes, Prevention, Treatment and Resources."

Harvard Health Publications: "Why stress causes people to overeat," "Could it be my thyroid?"

Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health: "Artificial Sweeteners," "Fiber," "Sleep: Waking Up to Sleep's Role in Weight Control," "Carbohydrates."

KidsHealth.org: "Polyphagia."

Mayo Clinic: "Diabetes symptoms: When diabetes symptoms are a concern," "Stress Management," "Depression (major depressive episode)," "Hypoglycemia."

University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences/Science Life: "Sleep loss boosts hunger and unhealthy food choices."

UC San Diego Health: "Wide Effect: Drugs That Promote Weight Gain."

University of Rochester Medical Center: "When Your Weight Gain Is Caused By Medicine."

Van Den Eeden, S. Neurology, October 1994.

Yang, Q. Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, June 2010.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 2, 2019

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