The thyroid is a small gland in your neck that has a big impact on your body and overall health. It makes and stores the thyroid hormone responsible for regulating metabolism, temperature, mood, heart rate, blood pressure, and much more. Thyroid hormones are critical for the function of every cell in the body so when your thyroid isn’t working properly other more serious and chronic health issues can arise such as Graves Disease, Thyroiditis, goiters, cancer, and more.
What happens when my thyroid is imbalanced?
Your thyroid can become imbalanced from a nutritionally poor diet, iodine deficiency, medications, damage to the pituitary gland, and other factors.
When it becomes imbalanced, you can experience hypothyroidism (where your thyroid doesn’t produce enough hormones) or hyperthyroidism (where your thyroid overproduces hormones). Both conditions can lead to a host of warning signs.
Top 7 warning signs of thyroid issues
Diagnosing thyroid issues can be tricky as they’re often mistaken for other health concerns. Here are seven warning signs you should know:
While feeling tired and having low (or no) energy is associated with many conditions, fatigue is strongly linked to hypothyroidism. If you’re tired even after a full night’s sleep or with naps during the day, this could be a sign your thyroid is underperforming.
- Sensitivity to cold and heat
Do you constantly have cold hands and feet? This could be caused by hypothyroidism since your underactive thyroid is burning less energy. On the other hand, hot flashes and sweating profusely is associated with hyperthyroidism as your thyroid is overactive in producing hormones.
- Lump in throat or feeling hoarse
Lumps or a change in your voice could be a sign of thyroid issues. Check for swelling or lumps around the neck and throat which may protrude just above your collarbones.
- Weight gain or weight loss
Since thyroid hormones regulate metabolism, you may see a fluctuation in weight when your thyroid is over or underperforming. Hypothyroidism is typically associated with weight gain since its difficult for the body to convert food into energy, and hyperthyroidism is linked to weight loss as the metabolism has been over-activated.
- Slowed or increased heart rate
Hypothyroidism can cause your heart rate to slow down and your arteries to lose elasticity which can result in high blood pressure and high cholesterol. On the flip side, hyperthyroidism can cause atrial fibrillation and heart palpitations.
- Depression and Moodiness
This is a warning sign that many overlook. When your thyroid doesn’t produce enough hormones it can have a significant impact on levels of serotonin in your brain, causing you to feel unusually depressed or anxious.
- Thinning hair and dry skin
Hypothyroidism can cause your metabolism to slow down causing skin and hair to become flaky, dry, and brittle.
How do I treat a thyroid condition?
The most important thing when treating a thyroid condition is to understand the root cause of your imbalance.
At Forum Health Tyler, we specialize in advanced thyroid testing, restoration of your hormone levels, and creating a recovery plan tailored to your unique needs.
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