Do you have problems with anxiety, weight gain and poor concentration? This might indicate a problem with this small gland in your neck.
The thyroid gland, a butterfly-shaped gland that is located low on the front of your neck, can have a dramatic impact on many bodily functions. If you are a woman and over 35 years, the chances of thyroid disorder are higher than 30%, according to some estimates.
According to the estimates by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, at least 30 million Americans have a thyroid disorder, and in half of the patients the condition is not diagnosed.
The likelihood of thyroid problems is about ten times higher in women than men.
The thyroid gland is located below the larynx and produces hormones that besides their other functions regulate the body temperature, metabolism and heart rate. Things can get worse when the thyroid works more or less than usual.
What can affect the function of the thyroid gland? The culprits may sometimes be genetic, and an auto immune attack, pregnancy, stress, lack of nutrients, toxins in the environment are just some of the causes, but experts are still not entirely sure.
Here are some of the symptoms you should pay attention to and do an immediate thyroid function test:
1. You are exhausted
Fatigue may be associated with different situations, but there is a great correlation with hypothyroidism which occurs as a result of the disruption in the production of thyroid hormones. If you are tired when you wake up, even when you sleep well at night, it could be a sign that your thyroid is not working well enough.
2. Feeling apathetic
The feeling of sadness and lethargy can be associated with certain symptoms of hypothyroidism. The thyroid hormone can affect the level of serotonin, “the happy hormone,” in the brain.
3. You are anxious and upset
Anxiety and “the strange feeling” can be associated with hyperthyroidism, when the thyroid gland produces too many hormones. Flooded with hormones, your body may be in fifth gear. If you can not relax, your thyroid gland can be in “hyper” mode.
4. Changes in appetite and food taste
The increased appetite can be a sign of hyperthyroidism, because you may constantly feel hungry due to the increased number of thyroid hormones.
Slow thyroid gland, on the other hand, can distort the flavors and the aroma of your food.
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