Sara Archibald spent her life in a perpetual state of exhaustion, often coming home drained. The lack of energy affected her quality of life personally, as well as her roles as a wife and a mother.
Sick of feeling tired, Sara sought the opinion of Abid Yaqub, MD, UC Health medical director of Endocrinology at West Chester Hospital, and professor of endocrinology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
“When I met Sara about five years ago, she had the typical components of a patient with metabolic syndrome: obesity, hypertension, hypothyroidism, prediabetes, high cholesterol and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS),” says Dr. Yaqub.
“Sara had a multinodular goiter which was causing compression symptoms, making it difficult for her to swallow and even to breathe normally,” says Dr. Yaqub. “I referred her to one of our thyroid surgeons and she underwent a total thyroidectomy.”
Despite controlling her thyroid levels with thyroid hormone replacement, Dr. Yaqub noted that Sara’s metabolic issues became worse; she was gaining weight, her blood pressure was rising, and her prediabetes progressed to Type 2 diabetes mellitus.