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.
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;
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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