5 Alarming Signs That Suggest Thyroid Problems
Did you know that thyroid is a gland that can easily be impaired by stress, toxins and deficiencies of nutrients? According to a report in the National Center of Biotechnology Information, about 42 million people in India are suffering from the disease. But we start to have a conversation on the topic when we cannot lose weight. Like other diseases, the malfunctioning of the thyroid is also associated with many symptoms and gaining weight is just one of them. There is a possibility that the disease might not even show any signs in your body at all.
Therefore, it is imperative to understand the disease, its working and its symptoms to ensure that it does not create a risk for our health. The gland exists in our neck region behind the thyroid cartilage. It is found in the shape of a butterfly and produces the hormones T4 (thyroxine) and T3 (triiodothyronine). These thyroid hormones impact our metabolism, cholesterol levels, heart, energy levels, bones, menstrual cycles and moods.
Here are the five major symptoms that indicate one should book your thyroid check-up:
- Digestive problem - The thyroid hormones can regulate the digestive system of the body. Either the person would feel constipated or catch diarrhoea frequently. If you often feel bloated, it could be a sign of sluggish thyroid. On the other hand, if the person has persistent diarrhoea, the symptom is concerned with an overactive thyroid.
- Fatigue – Many people feel tired all the time. Even after resting throughout the day, their body experiences fatigue, which is one of the primary signs of underactive thyroid. Oversleeping also adds to the signs of fatigue and needs to be investigated to rule out thyroid.
- Menstrual irregularities – One of the main reasons behind irregular periods are hormonal imbalances. It is a common symptom for many diseases among the menstruating population. However, if the periods are shorter and lighter, the person might have hyperthyroidism, while heavy and painful periods are a sign of hypothyroidism.
- Hair issues – Seasonal hair fall is a common issue that everyone amongst us faces. But if it is persistent, you need to get a check-up done for your thyroid. The sluggish thyroid or hypothyroidism causes hair to become dry, brittle and coarse, which makes them fall out easily. It also leads to thick, coarse, scaly and dry skin. If your skin becomes fragile and thin and you start to face severe hair fall, you could have hyperthyroidism.
- Anxiety or depression – If a person panics suddenly, it is one of the signs of thyroid malfunctioning that a doctor would like to rule out. Experts and professionals treat it first before proceeding with the treatment of depression and panic. Hyperthyroidism leads to panic attacks and anxiety disorders, while hypothyroidism brings depression.
People with no symptoms can pay a visit to a doctor who can identify a lump in the neck during a physical examination. It could help prevent the progression of the disease and reduce the percentage of it converting into an overactive case of the thyroid. Therefore, it is crucial to keep a check on one’s health and not miss out on the disease.
By: 1Tab Desk | on 2021-06-30