Most people know that their metabolism plays an important role in losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight, but your metabolism is so much more. It is the mechanism through which your body converts calories into the energy that motors every single thing happens in your body.
Whether its something you don’t even think about, like the beating of your heart, to doing things like balancing your checkbook or writing a letter, your metabolism makes sure the energy is there to get the job done. In fact, if your metabolism stopped working, your body systems would grind to a halt, and you would die.
Even though your metabolism is so important, most people pay very little attention to it, unless they are gaining weight. If you are having a health problem, you are unlikely to chalk it up your metabolism, but the fact is that there are lots of things that can happen to affect the way your metabolism works, and it is crucial to keep an eye out for the signs of them so you can see your doctor and get things in check. Even a slight change in functions of your metabolism can have a big impact on your life.
The first sign most people notice when their metabolism is off is a change in weight. Weight gain is the one that pops up most often, but sudden weight loss is also an important signal to notice, even if youre happy to be dropping some pounds.
If you are gaining or losing weight without any change in eating habits or any other reasonable explanation, then something could be happening in your body that is slowing down or revving up your metabolism. You may have a thyroid problem or you may be having another hormonal problem that is impacting your metabolism.
Weight changes are not the only signal that you have a problem with your metabolism. Some other important signs to watch out for are exhaustion, feeling hot or cold all the time, depression, anxiety, heart flutters, menstrual problems, dry skin, hair loss or brittle hair, high blood pressure and high blood sugar can all indicate a problem with metabolism. Some of these things, especially high blood sugar, can also cause further problems with the metabolism, leading to an unhealthy cycle.
As you may have noticed from that list of symptoms, many of the indicators of a metabolic problem are vague and non-specific. The good news however, is that many of the problems associated with metabolic performance can be diagnosed through a simple blood test. The trick is finding a doctor who will take your complaints seriously and do the tests you need to get to the bottom of your problem.
Make sure your doctor knows if you have a family history of metabolic or autoimmune problems and above all else, if you are feeling these symptoms, ask a reluctant doctor what the downside of testing for conditions and ruling them out it. A metabolic problem can have a long lasting impact on your life, so be proactive about keeping it in tip top shape.