The thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck, is the master gland of metabolism. When your thyroid doesn't function, it can affect every aspect of your health, and in particular, weight, depression and energy levels. Undiagnosed thyroid problems can dramatically 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 estimated that as many as 59 million Americans have a thyroid problem, but the majority don't know it yet. So, the importance of recognizing the signs and symptoms, and getting a proper diagnosis and treatment, is clear.
You don't need to have all of these symptoms in order to have a thyroid problem, but here are the 12 most common signs of hypothyroidism.
Hypothyroidism is a leading cause of difficulty in achieving and maintaining pregnancy. Low thyroid function has a negative impact on reproductive health and is more common than most women realize.
In the ever changing medical system, new information on thyroid testing has narrowed the ranges in which thyroid function impacts a woman's ability to achieve pregnancy. For women struggling to get pregnant, questioning thyroid health and getting proper testing is a first critical step to a successful outcome.
2. Unexplained Weight Gain
One of the earliest warning signs of an underactive thyroid gland is unexplained weight gain caused by low levels of T3 and T4 hormones that slow down the body's metabolism. People who suffer from hypothyroidism not only face an increase in body weight, they also have trouble managing it, even after following a rigorous diet and exercise regime.
3. Feeling Tired
Feeling tired and having no energy are issues associated with lots of conditions, but they're strongly linked with hypothyroidism. If you're still tired in the morning or all day after a full night's sleep, that's one of the signs of hypothyroidism. Too little thyroid hormone coursing through your bloodstream and cells means your muscles aren't getting that get-going signal.
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