Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Ten Signs You Have A Thyroid Problem

It's estimated that as many as 25 million Americans have a thyroid problem, and half of them have no idea that they do. Hypothyroidism, or an under-active thyroid, accounts for 90% of all thyroid imbalances. Thyroid hormones can affect the function of everything from your heart and lungs to your emotional well being.

The thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland in the center of your neck, is the master gland of metabolism. How well your thyroid is functioning is inter-related with every system in your body. If your thyroid is not running optimally, then neither are you.

If undiagnosed it can increase your risk of obesity, heart disease, depression, anxiety, hair loss, sexual dysfunction, infertility and a host of other symptoms and health problems, it's important that you don't go undiagnosed.

It is a common problem that can cause symptoms because of over- or under-function of the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is an essential organ for producing thyroid hormones, which maintain body metabolism.

Common symptoms of thyroid disease:
Fatigue or lack of energy. Fatigue after sleeping 8 to 10 hours a night or needing to take a nap daily.

Weight gain or the inability to lose weight. Feeling bloated or constipated is often a sign of an underactive thyroid gland. With an overactive thyroid, or hyperthyroidism, patients usually cannot gain weight no matter how much they eat.

Mood swings, anxiety or depression are more often seen with underactive thyroids. These symptoms may be accompanied by a general feeling of malaise or lethargy, an inability or lack of desire to concentrate, or a feeling of mental sluggishness.

Having slower than normal heart rate, irregular periods, infertility and decreased libido.

Unexplained aches and pains in the muscles and joints can be symptomatic of a thyroid condition.

Neck Swelling, snoring or hoarse voice can indicate thyroid disease. This condition is known as a “neck goiter,” and it typically presents as a localized enlargement at the base of the neck, affecting the skin and surrounding tissues which protect the actual thyroid gland.

Conversely, those with an under functioning thyroid may feel constantly cold. Cold hands and feet, feeling cold when others are not, or having a body temperature consistently below 98.5.
The hair and skin often show the first signs of thyroid problems, including symptoms such as dry hair, loss of hair, scaly skin, or excessively dry skin.

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