As part of thyroid awareness week the Australian Thyroid Foundation want to raise awareness of the vital importance of optimal thyroid health.
The 2014 campaign is focused on raising awareness of the five most common thyroid conditions; thyroid cancer, autoimmunity, infertility, iodine deficiency, and anxiety and depression.
Hypothyroidism results in decreased production of vital thyroid hormones. As you may know the thyroid produces hormones that keep your metabolism humming along. When these hormones are lacking the body uses energy more slowly and y0ur metabolism slows down. This makes you feel tired, you put weight on more easily and you can end up feeling cold all the time.
Thyroid Symptoms You Need to Know About
Are you finding it impossible to lose weight, even with a healthy diet and exercise? Do you constantly feel tired, moody and even depressed some days? Are you experiencing significant hair loss and unusual swelling around your throat? These could be the tell-tale signs of a thyroid problem.
The symptoms of hypothyroidism usually develop slowly over time, often over a number of years. The symptoms are subtle in the early stages. However as the condition worsens the symptoms become more obvious.
Take a few moments to look over my low thyroid symptoms checklist;
- You have problems losing weight or gain weight easily
- You constantly feel worn-down, tired or fatigued
- You have memory problems or feel like you have ‘brain fog’
- You are easily irritated
- Your have noticed swelling around your throat
- You have mood swings that range from mild to severe
- You feel down-in-the-dumps, even depressed some days
- Your muscles ache or you have pains in your joints
- You are experiencing menstrual problems or fertility issues
- You are sensitive to cold weather or feel cold all the time
- You have a decreased interest in sex
- Your skin is dry and pale and your hair is thin and lacks lustre
- You are experiencing noticeable hair loss
- Your face, hands or feet become swollen and puffy
- You have low blood pressure and heart palpitations
Women are more likely than men to develop a thyroid disorder. This can include: hypothyroidism, goitre (enlarged thyroid), thyroid nodules and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
If You Are Concerned What Should You Do Next?
If you think you may have a thyroid problem you should discuss your concerns with your healthcare practitioner.
You will find comprehensive testing is the most accurate way to investigate a possible thyroid disorder. For example, a complete thyroid panel includes TSH plus free T4, free T3, reverse T3 and thyroid antibodies (TGO, TPO). You can learn more here: What Are The Top 5 Thyroid Tests? Which Tests Should You Discuss With Your Healthcare Practitioner?