Feeling Tired? Stressed? Thyroid Could Be the Problem
There are many problems associated with the thyroid gland such as stress or exhaustion. It might be work, home or school related; however, did you know that a gland in your neck could also be the cause of these problems. Today we look at 5 signs that your thyroid is not working properly.
What is the Thyroid?
The thyroid is a large gland which is located on the front of your neck below Adam’s apple. This gland tends to look butterfly-like since it has two side lobes on each side of your windpipe, connected by the isthmus at the middle.
The thyroid contains nerves which improve the voice quality as well as blood vessels, which gives the organ its distinct reddish-brown coloration. The gland secretes hormones referred to as thyroid hormones (T4), which are vital for normal body function such as metabolism, body temperature regulation and growth and development. During pregnancy, the infant requires T4 in order for the brain to develop properly.
A normal thyroid gland is unnoticeable, however, if you are able to feel it means there is a chance that you are suffering from thyroid related diseases such as goiter and thyroid cancer. Here are some of the signs that your thyroid is not working right.
While exhaustion is associated with numerous medical conditions, there is a big chance that you are suffering from hypothyroidism (a medical condition where the thyroid is producing low amounts thyroid hormones). Individuals suffering from hypothyroidism tend to feel tired in the morning even after a good night sleep. Low production of these hormones means the muscles are getting insufficient quantities hence, the tiredness.
- Low Libido
If you are not having much interest in having sex with your partner, then the chances are that you are suffering from hypothyroidism. However, research has shown that the thyroid gland has been associated with altercation of the sex hormones. Thyroid hormones are known to increase the production of hepatic sex hormone-binding globulin, which influences the libido, thus affecting your sex life.
- Hair loss
If you are experiencing thinning hair or hair falling off, then this is a sign that you are suffering from hypothyroidism. Low production of thyroid hormones disrupts hair growth cycle. This means that the hair follicles reduce the rate at which they produce hair.
Other Thyroid-Related Problems Include;
- High cholesterol levels
- Pregnancy difficulties
- Gaining weight
- High blood pressure
- Painful extremities/muscles
- Changes in Menstrual cycle
- Dry skin
- Heartbeat Palpitations
- Brain fog
- Diet changes