Ronaldo and his misdiagnosis of hypothyroidism

A few days ago, the overweight beat one of the greatest players in the world: Ronaldo , who was misdiagnosed withhypothyroidism; the player presents a metabolism slow, but not because of this hormonal disorder, as he affirmed on February 22:

"I think that now many of you will be sorry for having laughed so much at my weight, at the jokes, at the comments. I do not resent anyone, I just wanted to explain it on the last day of my career. I have hypothyroidism , a problem that slows the metabolism and to control it, I have to ingest hormones that are not allowed in football, because it would be doping. "

In this way, Ronaldo ended his career as a footballer. All for receiving a bad diagnosis and having inadequate treatment to reverse their overweight .

3 errors in its diagnosis and treatment

1. According to FIFA (Federation International of Football Association), to receive Levothyroxine (Eutirox) is not doping for athletes who need thyroid hormone, because normally the body produces enough. However, not having a treatment for the hypothyroidism it is dangerous

2. Although many patients have the false belief that this hormonal disorder is getting fat, this disease only increases a few kilos, due to the fluid retention . Generally the hypothyroidism causes an accumulation of water in the hands and feet, but not an increase in Abdominal fat and neck, as Ronaldo has. In cases of overweight greater than 3 kilos, other causes must be sought. Especially when it's from grease , instead of swelling in the hands and feet

3. It is likely that Ronaldo received a treatment with Glucosamine , to decrease the pain in his knees, which affected his metabolism and it led him to gain weight faster. The Glucosamine has proved to be useless for joint pain and worse, causes weight gain due to insulin resistance
The diagnosis of hypothyroidism is done by finding a TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) elevated above 6. Generally the symptoms occur when the TSH is greater than 12. For more information, visit

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