When Was the Last Time You Checked Your Thyroid?

For those who don’t know, the thyroid gland is located in the neck’s front area and produces two vital hormones that helps in the operation of some important body functions, including heart rate, body temperature, metabolism, and growth and development in children.

Like all the body organs, the thyroid gland can also be affected by some health issues. Namely, a person can suffer from hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.

If left untreated, they both can lead to an increased risk of blood fat deposits, thus resulting in a higher chance of experiencing a heart attack or stroke.

These disorders can be triggered by genetics, autoimmune diseases, stress, poor nutrition, pregnancy, and environmental toxins.

In case of hypothyroidism, a person may experience changes in menstrual period, brittle nails, dry skin, constipation, and a feeling of numbness in fingers and hands.

But, in case of hyperthyroidism, a person can also experience certain menstrual period changes, muscle weakness, vision problems, diarrhea and trembling hands.

It is also important to know that hyperthyroidism is the most commonly experienced form of a thyroid disorder. 

Symptoms of Improper Thyroid Function:

  • Neck swelling
  • Sudden changes in body weight
  • Changes in heart rate
  • Mood swings
  • Hair loss
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Skin issues

When Should Someone Seek Medical Attention and Get the Thyroid Checked?

First of all, you should seek medical attention in case you experience any of the above mentioned symptoms or if:

  • You suffer from infertility
  • You have a new-born baby, since impaired thyroid may lead to retardation in children
  • You are currently taking certain thyroid medication
  • You are taking some drugs that could interfere with the thyroid function
  • You suffer from any autoimmune disease
  • You suffer from liver disorders
  • You are older than 40

Note: Do not ignore these symptoms since in case your thyroid disorder is left untreated, it may result in a wide array of serious health problems.

References:

  • Osansky, Eric. ”Natural Treatment Solutions for Hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease”;
  • Cohen, Suzy. ”Thyroid Healthy”;
  • Shomon, Mary. ” Living Well with Hypothyroidism”;