How well your thyroid is functioning is inter-related with every system of your body. If your thyroid is not running optimally, then neither are you. Thyroid imbalance affects both women and men, whether it be an underactive or overactive thyroid.
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- How well your thyroid is functioning is inter-related with every system of your body. If your thyroid is not running optimally, then neither are you.
- Thyroid imbalances and disorders can range from a small, harmless enlarged gland that needs no treatment to life-threatening cancer. The most common thyroid problems involve abnormal production of thyroid hormones.
- Women are more susceptible to thyroid problems than men especially during delivery and menopause, which are periods when there is a hormonal flux.
- Hyperthyroidism is a condition due to an overproduction of thyroid hormones. The condition can occur in several ways like Graves’ disease, toxic adenomas, subacute thyroiditis, and pituitary gland malfunctions.
- Hypothyroidism is a condition that stems from an underproduction of thyroid hormones. Since your body’s energy production requires certain amounts of thyroid hormones, a drop in hormone production leads to lower energy levels.
- Many thyroid abnormalities are seen during times of fluctuating reproductive hormones such as pregnancy and perimenopause.
- Symptoms of an overactive thyroid develop slowly, often over several years. At first, you may feel tired and sluggish. Later, you may develop other signs and symptoms of a slowed-down metabolism.
- The best way to diagnose a thyroid problem in association with the patient’s symptoms is with a Thyroid Stimulating Hormone test (TSH test).
- Thyroid imbalances are overlooked in the early stages because of their uncertain and ambiguous symptoms.
- After the age of 35, you should ideally get screened for thyroid dysfunction once every five years.
- Symptoms of hypothyroidism such as constipation, depression, and trouble sleeping are often not attributed to an underactive thyroid. These symptoms usually result in treatment that provides temporary relief but does not address the underlying potential hypothyroidism.
- Some people have had great success using alternative medicine to treat thyroid imbalances, while others need to use a combination of alternative and conventional medicine.
- An overactive or underactive thyroid can result in increased allergies, skin problems, fatigue, nervousness, gastrointestinal problems, sleeping too much or too little, gaining or losing weight, and swelling.
- Many symptoms of thyroid imbalance are vague. Many doctors use only one or two tests (TSH and T4) to screen for problems and don’t check Free T3, Reverse T3 or Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies.
- Thyroid hormones regulate metabolism – the way the body uses energy – and affect nearly every organ in the body. The thyroid gland makes two thyroid hormones, triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4).
- When the thyroid isn’t working properly it can affect your energy levels, muscle strength, body weight, skin health, menstrual cycle, memory, heart rate, and cholesterol levels.
- Pregnancy-related hormones cause increased thyroid hormone levels in the blood. These normal hormonal changes can sometimes make thyroid function tests during pregnancy difficult to interpret.
- If you do not have enough iodine in your body, you cannot make enough thyroid hormone. Thus, iodine deficiency can lead to enlargement of the thyroid and hypothyroidism.
- Key factors that can affect healthy thyroid function include:
- Gluten – it causes inflammation.
- Soy Phytoestrogens -they are potent antithyroid agents that cause hypothyroidism.
- Bromines – they are a common endocrine disruptor.
- Stress and Adrenal Function – thyroid function is intimately tied to your adrenal function, which is affected by how you handle stress.
- A lack of thyroid hormones in the system at an early age can lead to the development of cretinism (mental retardation) and dwarfism (stunted growth).