Is Your Thyroid Working Right?
By Sara Butler
Conditions that impact the way your thyroid works happens more often than you may think. The American Thyroid Associations claims that up to 12 percent of Americans will be diagnosed with a thyroid condition at some point during their lifetime. That means at any given time, about 20 million Americans have a thyroid condition -- and many may not even know it. Here are some of the symptoms to be on the lookout for that may indicate your thyroid isn't working as it should.
What the Thyroid Does
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of your neck. It helps to control your metabolism as well as send hormones through your body. These hormones regulate how slow or fast your liver, brain, heart, and other organs work, as well as how many calories you burn to keep things going. It plays a vital role in your overall health, which is why knowing the signs that it may not be functioning correctly are so important.
If you're getting enough sleep at night but still feel tired during the day, then you may be suffering from fatigue -- which is a sign of thyroid dysfunction. There are many things that can cause fatigue, but if you're experiencing it along with some of the other symptoms that point to your thyroid, have it checked out.
Depression and Anxiety
When your thyroid makes too little or too much of the hormone used to regulate the metabolism, then mood disturbances can occur. These disturbances can manifest in several ways, but in general, if you're feeling jittery, depressed, nervous, and anxious, it may be a sign. Just as with fatigue, look at any symptoms of anxiety and depression in the big picture. If it's occurring with other symptoms, it may be due to your thyroid.
There are some situations where you can't avoid sweating, such as at the gym or when outside on a hot day. But if you're sweating at random times for no apparent reason, then it may be due to your thyroid. Sweating can also be accompanied by feeling warm even when the room is cool or cold.
Issues Managing Weight
One of the thyroid function issues people know about most is how an underactive thyroid can make it difficult to manage a healthy weight, often causing weight gain. An overactive thyroid will cause the opposite issue, making it difficult to put on weight. If you notice any sudden changes in appetite, then you may need to have your thyroid checked out.
Your thyroid is vital to your health, so if things don't seem right, then it's time to investigate further!
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