January is thyroid awareness month, so get ready to be made aware.
There are two main conditions that arise when your thyroid isn’t functioning properly.
Hyperthyroidism means your thyroid is producing hormones too fast.
Hypothyroidism means your thyroid is producing hormones too slowly.
Family history is critical.
Autoimmune Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the main cause of hypothyroidism and is common in first degree relatives.
Get a thyroid evaluation id you have relatives with thyroid disease.
The symptoms of hypothyroidism include: near constant fatigue, uncontrollable weight gain, a puffy face, sensitivity to and trouble tolerating cold, joint and muscle pain, constipation, dry skin, dry, thinning hair, decreased sweating, heavy or irregular menstrual periods, fertility problems, depression, slowed heart rate and goiter.
It can occur at any age down to 7 years old.
My goal is to convince you to go get tested.
If left untreated, thyroid disease can lead to elevated cholesterol levels, heart disease, infertility and osteoporosis.
Nodules and cancer are common in untreated cases of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and subclinical hypothryoidism.