Thyroid Disease Awareness

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Thyroid Disease Awareness

Written by Sundus Yusuf |Reviewed by Gillian Isles

Thyroid disease is the most common problem in women than men. There are two types of thyroid problems hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Hypothyroidism is when the thyroid doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone, the level of triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) are too low, and with low hormones, the person may gain weight easily because their metabolism slows down. Hyperthyroidism basically is the opposite of hypothyroidism. Hyperthyroidism (overactive) occurs when the thyroid produces more thyroid hormones than the normal level. The person’s metabolism speeds up and loses weight continuously.

Unexplainable weight gain (Hypothyroidism)

Symptoms

  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Depression
  • Irregular heavy menstrual periods
  • Hair loss or thinning hair
  • Slow heart rate
  • Memory problem
  • Puffiness
  • Dry skin
  • Strong fatigue
  • High cholesterol
  • Constipation
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • Goiter (enlarged thyroid)
  • Inability to think
  • Joint, muscle problem
  • Loss of eyebrows

Unexplainable weight loss (Hyperthyroidism)

Symptoms

  • Hair loss (thinning hair)
  • Bulging eyes
  • Tremors(shaky hands)
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Anxiety, nervousness
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Diarrhea
  • Heat intolerance
  • Sleeping problem
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Increased appetite
  • Muscle weakness
  • Eye problem (blurry/double vision)

If you are facing any of these symptoms, please do visit your doctor before it gets complicated. Thyroid may just be a small butterfly-shaped gland but, it has a huge role in controlling our body. Hormones produced by the thyroid gland helps the body use energy properly and help maintain the organs such as heart, brain, and muscles.

Common saying ‘’health is wealth’’.

If you are healthy, you are wealthy Sundus Yusuf

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2 Comments

  1. Shareefa Basyyoni
    Shareefa Basyyoni says

    Very informative. Thank you. We tend to ignore our symptoms and think we are imagining our illnesses. I hope this helps many people get checked.

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