Thyroid problems can include hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) and hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid). Thyroid problems can also be part of autoimmune conditions know as Hashimoto’s or Grave’s disease.
When your thyroid gland is underactive (hypo) you may feel fatigued, depressed, gain weight and/or have intolerances to changes in temperature. A thyroid that is overactive can see you anxious, experiencing unexplained weight loss, irritable and jittery.
Our thyroid gland is positioned in the neck and is part of what is know as our endocrine system which regulates many of our hormones, including thyroid hormones and is responsible for influencing growth, metabolism, energy, sexual development and mood.
Hormones known as thyroxine and triiodothyronine are the hormones released from our thyroid gland and are responsible for metabolism, growth and development.
Signs of thyroid problems
- Weight gain/loss
- Elevations in cholesterol
- Low energy and fatigue
- Poor and fuzzy memory
- Irregular periods
- Skin complications (dry, pale and scaly)
- Hair loss and premature greying (coarse, brittle and dry, may break and fall out)
- Uncomfortable body temperature
- Poor muscle strength
- Rapid or slow heart rate
- Irregular bowel motions (sluggish or urgent)
- Hoarseness in the throat
Thyroid disorders have hereditary links and can develop at any age although not all thyroid conditions are triggered by family history alone.
Lifestyle, dietary and environmental factors may also contribute to thyroid disorders rearing their ugly heads.
Premenopausal women and older women also tend to suffer with thyroid problems more prominently than others.
Signs and symptoms of thyroid conditions can vary from person to person and so do the treatment options.
One thing that is consistent is that a quality diet ,suited to the person, is effective in treating both the symptoms of thyroid conditions and regulating hormones.
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