This is personal for me, as I recently found out I have a previously undiagnosed thyroid problem that has made my weight a constant issue.

But let's start with the celebrity.

As you may know, recently Oprah Winfrey revealed that she has hypothyroidism.

Oprah said she was ". . . going around from doctor to doctor trying to figure out what was wrong, and finally figured out that I had literally sort of blew out my thyroid."

Could this have been what was causing her weight to balloon up?

This is may be the case, since hypothyroidism — an underactive thyroid — can cause unexplained weight gain.

Sluggishness, exhaustion, brain fog and skin problems are also symptoms of a low-functioning thyroid.

But Oprah is not alone.

In fact, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists estimates that 10% of Americans — more than the number of Americans with diabetes and cancer combined — are affected by thyroid problems.

Further, they estimate that over half of those people with a thyroid problem are not being diagnosed at all.

And for those diagnosed, the standard conventional treatment is not effective.

Bottom line — it's a widespread problem that's under-diagnosed, and for those fortunate to receive treatment, that treatment is often ineffective.

It can be one of the most challenging conditions to diagnose and treat, but when a doctor gets it right, it can have a dramatic affect on your health.

Moreover, hypothyroidism in particular affects perimenopausal and menopausal women, but doctors can sometimes have difficulty identifying the cause.

Here's the problem for someone who knowingly or unknowingly struggles with hypothyroidism . . .

Because most doctors are experts in acute illnesses, they often fail miserably when it comes to addressing subtle symptoms in your body that affect the quality of your life.

Anyone can diagnose a heart attack if they see someone who is pale, sweaty, clutching his or her chest, and complaining of crushing pain in the chest.

Thyroid problems, however, are COMPLETELY different.

Even if you have all the symptoms of low thyroid function, your problem can still easily be ignored.

Why does the thyroid get overlooked?

Well, historically this wasn't the case. In the past, doctors treated thyroid diseases based on symptoms and personal exams.

Now, however, doctors rely almost completely on laboratory testing. This prevents them from diagnosing more subtle cases which are not detected by the conventional tests.

That explains why you may still feel so BAD even when your doctor tells you your TSH levels are fine.

Most doctors will shrug off symptoms like dry skin, thinning hair, sensitivity to cold, muscle soreness, decreased libido, waking up tired, constant fatigue, concentration problems, brain fog, and trouble losing weight.

However, when there is a constellation of symptoms such as these, the thyroid may play a role. More detective work is needed.

This all happened to me, by the way.

Because I eat right and exercise like a fiend, I have been steadily reducing fat and gaining muscle for the last three years, but I have to be PERFECT in order to make the slightest progress.

I always knew deep down that this simply wasn't right. After reading a powerful new book from Mark Hyman, M.D. called The Ultra Thyroid Solution, I took action.

Dr. Hyman has had 3 books on the New York Times bestseller list. He's been featured on public television and was just on The Today Show last month. And he's someone for whom I have the utmost respect.

Anyway, it was clear from his book that I did have a thyroid issue. My doctors were not even doing the right tests.

So I used the resource directory in the book. I found a local doctor here in Fort Worth who understood what to look for, and what tests would find it.

Sure enough, I have an issue converting T4 to positive T3, which makes my metabolism sluggish. This is why I have to exercise so much just to stay energetic.

It was really cool actually to understand what the doctor was doing. So far we have been remedying my problem with some small changes in my diet and some supplementation. I can't tell you how much more energetic I feel!

So in this case, knowledge truly is power.

If you have any of the issues mentioned at the beginning of this email (problems like dry skin, thinning hair, sensitivity to cold, muscle soreness, decreased libido, waking up tired, constant fatigue, difficulty concentrating, brain fog, and trouble losing weight), I strongly recommend you get Dr. Hyman's book:

P.S. Finding out if your thyroid is working properly and then knowing what you can do about it could be the most important thing you ever do, especially if you have weight issues. I have not come across ANYONE more qualified than Dr. Hyman to help you figure this out.