Thyroid – ever heard of it? A lot of people know it has something to do with the neck, or maybe even a gland, but that’s about it. However if you’ve ever had an issue with your thyroid, you know that it actually plays a large role in how you feel and your overall health … not to mention your weight and your mood, among other things.
What is the Thyroid?
If you know a thyroid has to do with the neck, you’re absolutely right! The thyroid is a gland (looks like a butterfly) that sits within the neck and is the master regulator of metabolism. It controls how each cell works within the body, and what it chooses to do with the energy in the body. Millions of people have problems with their thyroid glands, it’s very common. However, many don’t realize issues they struggle with can be related to thyroid. Weight gain, depression, anxiety, joint pains, hair loss, swollen neck, constipation and more can all signal issues with the thyroid. Testing your thyroid levels can allow you to identify if any common signs or symptoms can be traced back to your hormone levels.
Hyperthyroidism – Too Much
Hyperthyroidism means that your thyroid gland is producing too many hormones. This condition has also been labeled as “goieters” or overactive thyroid. Many who have Graves Disease have hyperthyroidism, but it’s also very common among those who struggle with their thyroids in general, or as a result of other conditions. While the symptoms of hyperthyroidism vary, some common complaints include:
- increased appetite, yet trouble with unexplained weight loss
- heat intolerance and can easily become sweaty
- fragile, thin skin
- hair loss
- diarrhea and/or IBS
- women may experience infrequent, short menstrual periods
- low cholesterol levels
- night time insomnia or lack of energy
- anxiety and panic attacks
This is only a list of some of the most common symptoms of an overactive thyroid. Learn more about hyperthyroidism here.
Hypothyroidism – Too Little
The opposite of hyperthyroidism – hypothyroidism. This is the exact opposite condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormone for your body to regulate itself properly. It’s typically more common the older you get (over 50) and in women, however it can also be caused by birth defects, surgical procedures or prescription drugs. Some of the common indicators you may have too little thyroid hormones include:
- Brittle, breaking and dry hair
- High cholesterol levels not caused by poor diet choices
- For women – heavy, painful and frequent menstrual periods
- Difficulty losing weight, or unexplained weight gain
- Sensitivity to cold
This is only a list of some of the most common symptoms of an under-active thyroid. Learn more about hypothyroidism here.
Request The Test | Thyroid Panels
As you review the common symptoms of thyroid disorders, you may be wondering if some of your health problems are resulting from an overactive or under-active thyroid. One great option for knowing “for sure” if you have thyroid issues is a thyroid panel of tests. Facilities such as ARCpoint Labs allow you to walk in and request the blood work to test yourself – no doctor’s prescription or appointment needed. Certified results will be returned within days and you’ll have the lab work you need to identify if your problems are because of thyroid issues.Don’t let your health become a pain in the neck (haha – get it – thyroid/pain in the neck.) Check your hormone levels today.
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