Thyroid Awareness is Vital as Thyroid Disorders Now Affects One in Seven Australians

Thyroid Awareness Australia

Thyroid disorders now affect one in seven Australians making it even more vital to highlight the importance of thyroid awareness.

An underactive thyroid, or hypothyroidism as it is termed, results in decreased production of vital thyroid hormones.

Normally the thyroid produces two key hormones; thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). Controlled by a small gland in the brain called the pituitary gland, this gland produces the thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) to ensure the thyroid releases just the right amount of thyroid hormones into the bloodstream.

T4 and T3 control the body's metabolic rate and many other important functions. When these hormones are lacking the body uses energy more slowly and overall metabolism slows down.

Low Thyroid Warning

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? 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 this 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
  • You have mood swings that range from mild to severe
  • You feel down-in-the-dumps, even depressed some days
  • Your thyroid gland is enlarged causing swelling around your throat
  • 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

Thyroid damaging foods, nutrient deficiencies, toxic food ingredients, environmental chemicals and stress are all factors that impact on thyroid health.

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 think you may have a thyroid problem speak to your healthcare practitioner. Your symptoms can be assessed along with a blood test of TSH, T4, T3 and thyroid antibodies.

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