Despite the role of major thyroid player in the cellular metabolism, thyroid problems are quite common. They affect women more than men – 2% of women will be affected in their lifetime. When the thyroid works poorly and releases too much or too little hormone, it can seriously compromise the basic functions of your body, including sleep, reproduction, appetite, and digestion.
We are almost all struggling with a little fatigue from time to time, some weight fluctuations or an occasional bad mood. After all, we are busy, it is difficult sometimes to handle this stress and the multitude of things to do.
But if you are regularly struggling with symptoms of this type or with some severity, your thyroid may be the cause.
What is the thyroid?
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the anterior central part of your neck, about halfway between the lower part of your chin and the one at the base of your neck.
The thyroid serves as a body thermostat, regulating energy, temperature, and metabolism. Thanks to a series of chemical reactions based on minerals such as iodine and selenium, the thyroid control everything from your mood to your menstrual cycles, without forgetting countless other functions, including the efficiency with which you burn calories and hence the weight loss.
Here are 8 signs that you could have thyroid problems:
1. Taking or losing weight
Weight gain is one of the biggest signs of hypothyroidism if you have not changed your diet or lifestyle. Indeed, when your body does not have enough thyroid hormones, the metabolism of all your tissues and cells slows down. A slower metabolism means less energy is burned.
Thyroid gain or weight loss usually occurs gradually, says Jason S Baker, an endocrinologist at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian, but this is not immediately noticeable. If your thyroid problem develops suddenly, the change in your metabolism may be faster, but generally, thyroid conditions change slowly and fluctuations in your weight will follow.
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