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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Should I see a dietician if I have PCOS and hypothyroidism?

    I am 19 years old and am also underweight.
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    Courtney Thornton is an accredited practising dietitian currently working in Sydney. She is a member of the Dietitians Association of Australia and specialises in the … View Profile

    Hi Cassie,

    If your low weight is concerning to you it might be helpful to seek the advice of an accredited dietitian. I would definately suggest it if you are experiencing unexplained weight loss. 

    As dietitians we can guide you through a meal plan tailored to your needs and ensure you are getting a good variety and healthy balance of the core food groups. If you have always been a little underweight a healthy weight for you may fall short of the BMI. 

    Hope this helps :)

    Kind Regards,
    Courtney Thornton, APD

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    Kristen Ross

    Counsellor, Kinesiologist

    Kristen Ross is a qualified Kinesiologist, Counsellor and Sports Therapist.Affinity Wellness is her holistic wellness practice offering a holistic wellness experience by focusing on all … View Profile

    Hi Cassie,

    I work very closley with a naturopath when I have clients present with hormonal concerns. A dietician is not your only option. Do some research before you make a decision about who to see.

    Best wishes
    ~ Kristen

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    Dr Kevin Lee

    Endocrinologist, Nuclear Medicine Physician

    Consultant Physician in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Nuclear Medicine. I am on Twitter @dr_kevinlee. I am on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/kevinleefracp/ I help patients with obesity, diabetes, thyroid, … View Profile

    Thank you for the answers.

    It is good to know that there are so many professionals out there who can help you.

     

    I would like to also add that PCOS and hypothyroidism, and underweightness each, not to mention together can lead to significant and serious health consequences.

    The underweightness may be a harbinger of additional hormone disturbances or evidence of gastrointestinal tract dysfunction.

    Therefore it is important that you see your GP for further workup and appropriate management plan. 

    Best Wishes,


    Dr Kevin Lee

    Consultant Physician Endocrinologist

    https://www.facebook.com/kevinleeFRACP

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