Low vitamin D and Thyroid Problems

by Monica
(Seattle Wa)

I have a slight Low Thyroid and Low Vitamin D blood level. I was wondering if this can cause menstruation to stop?

Haven't had a period in 2 months and not pregnant. Could it also cause a bit of weight gain? I'm like a super athlete!

I workout 6 to 7 days a week and eat a super clean diet! I even have a 6 pack! But recently gained about 5 pounds out of no where.


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Thyroid Problems and Low Vitamin D
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen

Hi Monica,

While there is some precedence for Vitamin D Deficiency contributing to weight gain, it's much more likely that your Thyroid problems are contributing to your weight gain.

But what interests me about your story is that you say that you are a "super athlete". Generally, if you are exercising THAT frequently, it could be that you have stressed your adrenal glands to their limit and that is what is not only causing your thyroid problems, but also have caused you to stop menstruating.

You, should, first get a FULL MEDICAL WORKUP to rule out that there is not something more seriously wrong with you that is causing your weight gain and loss of menstruation, but if you have given a clean bill of health (and you are not simply going through menopause) then I'll explain what COULD be happening.

While exercise is GREAT for you, exercise periods longer than 45 minutes will cause your cortisol level to increase- and your body perceives this as a negative stressor. After a long period of time, your adrenal glands COULD become fatigued and not be able to produce cortisol in proper levels.

When this happens, a phenomenon occurs where the hormone responsible for thyroid hormone production AND sex hormone production- a hormone called Pregnenolone- gets diverted to the more important use of cortisol production.

This is called 'Pregnenolone Steal'

As a result, you get hypothyroid AND you stop menstruating!But you are NOT Going to hear about it from your doctor. Doctor's know about the hormones, but they don't attach any particular medical importance to the adrenal hormones until they are So Depleted that you can't manage to fight off infection or keep your blood pressure in normal range anymore -and you are in the ICU with a Serious Life Threatening infection!

You would need to have a full Adrenal Function Test done and possibly a female hormone workup to confirm this theory, but if it turns out to be true, some simple adrenal hormone supplementation and lifestyle changes could actually restore your thyroid levels to normal, and possibly you could begin menstruating again.

<Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

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