Signs Your Thyroid is in Trouble, According to Doctors

As a Yale-trained endocrinologist who specializes in diabetes, food as medicine, and metabolic health, I’ve put together this list of symptoms that may indicate a thyroid problem. That tiny, butterfly-shaped gland at the front of your neck can cause all sorts of problems — and the symptoms can be non-specific, so it’s important to talk to your doctor if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms you’ve been reading about. you can be assessed for all underlying causes. A few blood tests can help determine whether or not you have thyroid disease. Read on – and to ensure your health and that of others, don’t miss this one Certain Signs You Have “Long” COVID and May Not Even Know It.

Woman checks the thyroid gland with her hands, keeps her palms on the neck.

The Mayo Clinic sums this up nicely: “Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) is a condition in which your thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough of certain crucial hormones,” they write. “Hypothyroidism may not cause noticeable symptoms in the early stages. Over time, untreated hypothyroidism can cause a number of health problems, such as obesity, joint pain, infertility, and heart disease. Accurate thyroid function tests are available to diagnose hypothyroidism. Treatment with synthetic thyroid hormone is usually simple. , safe and effective once you and your doctor have found the right dose for you.” These are the symptoms you might feel:

Woman sleeping on the couch in the living room.

Woman sleeping on the couch in the living room.

Low thyroid hormone leads to a decrease in the total energy used by the body, making a person feel fatigued.

woman with depressed facial expression sitting on a gray textile sofa with her phone stuck

woman with depressed facial expression sitting on a gray textile sofa with her phone stuck

Thyroid hormone is important for the function of our nerve cells and is important for the functioning of two other important chemicals that control mood: serotonin and dopamine.

weight loss

weight loss

Significantly low levels of thyroid hormone can lead to weight gain due to an increase in water and salt retention.

Woman touches her belly.

Woman touches her belly.

Low or high thyroid hormone levels can lead to ANY change in menstrual cycles – longer cycles, shorter cycles, irregular cycles, loss of periods, etc. This is due to the effects of thyroid hormone on the ovaries, follicles and endometrium of the uterus.

Woman with chest pain.  respiratory diseases

Woman with chest pain. respiratory diseases

Low thyroid hormone leads to a decrease in cardiac output, which leads to an overall decrease in heart rate.

Man feels stomach ache at home.

Man feels stomach ache at home.

Low thyroid hormone leads to decreased gut motility, leading to constipation.

woman worried about her skin

woman worried about her skin

Low thyroid hormone can lead to decreased blood flow to the skin, which can make the skin feel cold and dry.

lose hair

lose hair

The thyroid hormone plays an essential role in the development and maintenance of the hair follicles, which can lead to reduced hair growth or hair loss.

Woman holding her neck

Woman holding her neck

Not to be confused with hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) “occurs when your thyroid produces too much of the hormone thyroxine,” says the Mayo Clinic. Hyperthyroidism can speed up your body’s metabolism, causing unintentional weight loss and a rapid or irregular heartbeat. Several treatments are available for hyperthyroidism. Doctors use thyroid medications and radioactive iodine to slow the production of thyroid hormones. Sometimes treatment for hyperthyroidism involves a surgery to remove all or part of your thyroid.Although hyperthyroidism can be serious if you ignore it, most people respond well once hyperthyroidism is diagnosed and treated.Read on for the symptoms.

sad woman near window thinking

sad woman near window thinking

Thyroid hormone is important for the function of our nerve cells and is important for the functioning of 2 other important chemicals that control mood: serotonin and dopamine. Too much thyroid hormone can lead to an increase in both serotonin and dopamine.

Hispanic woman at home bedroom lying in bed late at night trying to sleep suffering from insomnia sleep disorder or afraid of nightmares looking sad, worried and stressed

Hispanic woman at home bedroom lying in bed late at night trying to sleep suffering from insomnia sleep disorder or afraid of nightmares looking sad, worried and stressed

High levels of thyroid hormone also lead to an increase in hormones called catecholamines, which are important for our “fight or flight” response, leading to increased alertness and difficulty sleeping. Some components of sleep problems may also be related to increased anxiety.

Mature woman having heart attack on stairs, outdoors

Mature woman having heart attack on stairs, outdoors

High levels of thyroid hormone lead to an increase in cardiac output, which leads to an overall increase in heart rate. High levels of thyroid hormone also lead to an increase in hormones called catecholamines, which are important for our “fight or flight” response, leading to an increased heart rate.

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woman hand flushing toilet after use

woman hand flushing toilet after use

High levels of thyroid hormone lead to increased gut motility, resulting in less water absorption in the gut and diarrhea or very soft stools.

Close-up of a woman with hyperhidrosis who sweats a lot under the armpit

Close-up of a woman with hyperhidrosis who sweats a lot under the armpit

High levels of thyroid hormone also lead to an increase in those catecholamines, which can lead to increased blood flow to the skin and a very warm feeling as a result.

Senior woman suffering from hand pain at home.

Senior woman suffering from hand pain at home.

Increased nerve/muscle stimulation leading to hand tremor may be caused by an increase in catecholamines.

nervous girl looking in the mirror her scalp

nervous girl looking in the mirror her scalp

The thyroid hormone plays an essential role in the development and maintenance of the hair follicles, which can lead to reduced hair growth or hair loss.

lose weight woman

lose weight woman

Too much thyroid hormone can lead to an increase in our daily energy expenditure, leading to weight loss, despite no change in diet.

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Sweaty woman wearing sweater

Sweaty woman wearing sweater

Those with hyperthyroidism feel very warm at the start due to the increased blood flow through the body.

Middle aged woman suffering from stomachache while sitting on bed at home

Middle aged woman suffering from stomachache while sitting on bed at home

Low or high thyroid hormone levels can lead to ANY change in menstrual cycles – longer cycles, shorter cycles, irregular cycles, loss of periods, etc. This is due to the effects of thyroid hormone on the ovaries, follicles and endometrium of the uterus. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact a medical professional to discuss your case. And to go through life as healthy as possible, you can’t miss this one 13 Everyday Habits That Are Secretly Killing You.

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