Treating weight problems

Treating weight problems

In most cases, people gain or lose weight because they eat and drink more or less calories than they use during their normal activity. However, in some cases, your weight loss or weight gain may be due to a hormonal condition. At King’s our Endocrinologists for part of a multidisciplinary team can diagnose and treat a range of weight problems.  Learn more about our Weight Loss Programme.

Weight gain

This can be caused by:

  • Having an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)
  • Diabetes treatment: people who have insulin to treat their diabetes often gain weight. And, in many cases, people who have diabetes eat more than necessary to avoid having low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia)
  • Cushing’s syndrome: weight gain is a common symptom of this condition
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS): this affects how the ovaries work, with symptoms including weight gain, often around the waist

 

Weight loss

This can be caused by:

  • Having an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
  • Addison’s disease
  • Graves’ disease (an autoimmune disorder)
  • Underactive pituitary gland (hypopituitarism)
  • Cancer

If you would like to know how our consultants can help you find the ideal treatment for your weight problems, regardless of the condition, learn more about our Weight Loss Programme.

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