Thyroid Issues To Watch Out For

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Your thyroid is responsible for releasing thyroid hormones that are responsible for things such as growth, development, body temperature, and metabolism. If your thyroid is not releasing these hormones properly, it can cause a number of issues for your body. Your thyroid may be overactive or underactive, but either way, you need to get it under control. Read on for some thyroid issues you may experience and what to watch out for.

Weight Loss Or Weight Gain

If you have experienced weight loss or weight gain without any change in diet or exercise, it could be a problem with your thyroid. Weight loss is usually associated with hyperthyroidism. Weight gain is usually associated with hypothyroidism. Talk to your physician if you are experiencing any of these weight concerns, especially if you aren't doing anything different with your diet. Keeping a record of what you are eating will also help your physician when diagnosing this condition.

Hair Loss

Hair loss can be associated with both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. If your hair is brittle and dry or falling out in larger quantities than usual, it may be caused by a thyroid condition. Be sure you didn't change your hair care routine or any products recently, then visit your physician for a checkup and to rule out your thyroid as a problem.

Rapid Or Slow Heartbeat

Rapid heartbeat or high blood pressure can be associated with hyperthyroidism. You may experience heart palpitations or a feeling of your heart beating out of your chest. A slow heartbeat can be associated with hypothyroidism. You may also feel sluggish and tired and not have a lot of energy to do much. Any heartbeat changes or feelings of a lack of energy when you haven't really done anything to exhaust you should be discussed with your physician.

Changes To Menstrual Cycle

If you've noticed a change in your menstrual cycle, such as heavier than normal periods or very light periods, it may be a thyroid issue. Your periods can also be affected when there has been significant weight loss or gain, which can also be a thyroid concern. Talk to your physician about any of these cycle changes.

These are just a few thyroid issues to keep an eye out for. If you suspect you have an issue with your thyroid or you notice several of these signs, and others as well, make an appointment with your physician to have blood work done to rule out a thyroid issue. If you have an issue with your thyroid, you may be able to get it under control with proper medication. 

For more information, contact your primary care physician.


1 August 2019