An unfortunate side effect from some antidepressants is weight gain. Some people gain weight after beginning drug treatment simply they’re feeling better, which can lead to a better appetite. Also, depression itself can cause changes in weight.

Also, it’s important to note that, according to HealthDay, a recent study suggests that weight gain from antidepressants isn’t necessarily as dramatic as previously thought.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS is a common hormonal problem in women of childbearing age, and involves small cysts growing on women’s ovaries. This condition can lead to hormone imbalances, which can affect menstrual cycles, as well as cause extra body hair and acne. Women with this condition are resistant to insulin (the hormone that controls blood sugar), so it may cause weight gain, which tends to collect around the belly.

Diabetes/High Blood Pressure

Several prescription drugs are linked to weight gain. The list includes antipsychotic drugs (used to treat disorders like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder), along with medications to treat migraines, seizures, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

Hypothyroidism

If your thyroid is not making enough thyroid hormone, it makes you tired, weak and cold. It can also make you gain weight. Without enough thyroid hormone, your metabolism slows, making weight gain more likely.

What To Do About It

If you suspect that a medical condition could be contributing to your weight gain, don’t ignore it. The problem may not go away by itself, and increased weight gain can actually increase your risks of developing other conditions.  Instead, talk to your doctor to see if the condition, or the meds you’re taking, may be causing the problem. Your doctor should be able to help you figure out the issue, including changing your medication, if necessary.

On top of all this, be sure to continue living as healthfully as possible, meaning eat a balanced diet, watch your portion sizes, drink enough water and be active.

7 Things Making You Fat (That Have Nothing To Do With Your Plate)  was originally published on elev8.com

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