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Five symptoms of an imbalanced thyroid

Woman's Neck
Woman's Neck
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There is a lot of mystery that surrounds the thyroid. It seems to be a very misunderstood organ. The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland that is located in the neck. It makes hormones that help to regulate many different body functions. It is a bit harder to understand than many other organs, because the hormones that it secretes have many different functions. The thyroid effects metabolism, fertility, and digestion among other things. What does this all mean? Here are 5 things that the thyroid will affect.

1. Depression
2. Weight gain
3. Cold/hot temp regulation
4. Fertility
5. Energy Levels

Thyroid dysfunction can leave you depressed. Of course, there are many possible roots for depression. However, for some people it is simply a matter of low thyroid function. If someone feels depressed, and also find that they have other symptoms of hypothyroid, perhaps it would be wise to ask a doctor for their opinion on the matter, and perhaps a blood test to really see if there is a simply physical basis for the depression.

Low thyroid dysfunction can lead to weight gain. If a person finds that they are slowly gaining weight, despite no changes in their diet or exercise routine, this can be a sign of hypothyroid. Our thyroid will influence the metabolism, or how quickly or slowly the body burns through calories. If slow and steady weight gain suddenly appears, it could be because of an imbalanced thyroid. Expected weight gain could also be a sign of diabetes, so if this symptom shows up, be sure to pay attention. Diabetes needs to be managed in a timely manner to protect the body from potentially very damaging results.

Thyroid imbalance can lead to constant, excessvely cold feelings. This symptom is a very common one, and also linked to metabolism. A thyroid that is out of balance can very well lead to feelings of being excessively cold. Many sufferers of hypothyroid will feel the need to wear more layers of clothing than those around them. Or, they may almost never take off their coat. This may or may not relate to actual body temperature, but the feeling of rarely being warm enough is a common indicator of hypothyroid in a person that is relatively young.

The thyroid can have a major part in infertility. Many women will find that they have difficulty conceiving when their thyroid levels are not within a certain range. Having a thyroid stimulation hormone or TSH level that is out of range is certainly not helpful when trying to concieve. However, even women that are within a normal range can have difficulty getting pregnant, and may want to talk to a doctor about adding a thyroid medication or adjusting their existing dosage of thyroid medication.

Energy levels can be affected by thyroid function. Both those with hyperthyroid or hypothyroid can find that they are feeling tired, or that no matter the amount of sleep, they wake up unrefreshed. No amount of rest seems to be enough to make a difference. Of course, low energy can lead to low motivation, and low interest in participation in activities.

The thyroid is an often mysterious organ, but one that can influence many different systems. It’s worth it to take the time to review a family health history to find out if thyroid imbalance is likely to occur, and perhaps to ask a doctor’s professional opinion on the matter.

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