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Side Effects of a Slow Metabolism

By Carole Anne Tomlinson ; Updated August 14, 2017

Slow metabolism, also known as hypothyroidism, results from the lack of a metabolic rendering agent called triiodothyronine, or T3, which helps stimulate your body’s metabolic system and its related organs and glands. If a disorder exists, you will suffer from ailments such as weight gain and chronic fatigue. Other side effects of slow metabolism also exist. Untreated, slow metabolism can result in serious illnesses.

High Cholesterol

High cholesterol might result from a slow metabolism, or hypothyroidism. If you suffer from hypothyroidism, you also might suffer from related liver ailments. The liver digests fats, and if the liver is unhealthy, fat products such as cholesterol will build up in your blood. Two forms of cholesterol might cause health problems such as high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes: low-density lipoproteins, or LDLs, and triglycerides. Once your cholesterol levels reach a certain level, some of it will stay in you arteries and blood vessels, causing them to harden with calcium and to bleed. This health problem is called atherosclerosis.

High Blood Sugar

Your blood sugar might rise over time due to continued poor digestion, along with a body fat increase and poor circulation. This can result in type 2 diabetes, which can produce serious health problems. You can take medicine, along with increasing your daily exercise and decreasing your food intake, to help treat and control high blood sugar.

Excessive Sweat

Your body might drip with excessive sweat at any time without you performing any exercise if you suffer from a slow metabolism, or untreated hypothyroidism.

High Blood Pressure

Untreated low body temperature has been linked to symptoms of high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. If you do daily exercise, you might help alleviate this health problem, as energy promotes body heat.

Fibrosis and Poor Circulation

Your circulation might become impaired, especially in fingers and toes, over time from circulation problems caused by slow metabolism, or hypothyroidism. This causes a shutdown of blood flow to those areas, which may cause the disease process known as Raynaud’s Disease.

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