You may have heard a lot of people, especially women, saying that they have hypothyroid or hyperthyroid. Unfortunately, quite a large number of people suffer from some sort of thyroid gland dysfunction in the United States today. The former (hypothyroidism) is the more common of the two, and it means that your thyroid function is low or poor; your body is not producing enough thyroid hormone to meet its requirements. In hyperthyroidism, your thyroid gland is hyperactive and it’s producing too much hormone. Neither of the two conditions is desirable, because the thyroid hormones control several bodily functions.
The thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped 2-inch organ situated in your neck just below the Adam’s apple. It produces hormones that regulate your body’s metabolism, protein synthesis, development, heart rate, cholesterol levels, muscle strength, menstrual cycle in women, and a whole lot more. So now you know why it is so important: it is responsible for controlling so many important body functions throughout your body!
Often when you pay a visit to a doctor, they will check your TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) levels and based on that, will tell you whether your thyroid is functioning properly or not. However, you can still have a thyroid abnormality even if your TSH levels are ok. Many other markers like your T3 and T4 levels, among others and symptoms need to be checked to understand if you do have a thyroid problem.
If you have a healthy thyroid, your brain function will be good, development will be normal and you will feel energetic and healthy in general.
If you have an underactive thyroid, it can affect your brain, metabolism, and you’re likely to feel lethargic and sick. You may also experience anxiety, Irritability, nervousness, profuse sweating, trembling of your hands, inability to tolerate too cold or too hot temperatures and so on.
Watch the video above to learn in some detail about the 5 signs that may indicate a thyroid dysfunction, like sudden and stubborn weight gain, hair loss, joint pain, digestive problems and inexplicable mood swings. If you think you have any or all of these symptoms, please consult a physician like Dr. Renee Young at the Young Naturopathic Center for Wellness, who will conduct a very thorough investigation to understand whether you have a thyroid condition or not. If you do, we can recommend naturopathic methods and medicines to improve thyroid function.
Maintaining good thyroid function is essential for enjoying optimal wellness, but of course, it’s not the only thing. You may have other problems that are set off by a problematic thyroid: potentially, diabetes, heart disease, and so on; or you may have other health problems not related to your thyroid condition. Whatever the case, it is vital that you get a thorough checkup done to evaluate the state of your health, and work to resolve your specific issues. At the Young Naturopathic Center for Wellness, we help you do just that. Our patient care concierge can guide you to the right expert who can help you after performing a detailed investigation.
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