What Causes Thyroid Problems?
Through the hormones it produces, the thyroid gland influences almost all of the metabolic processes in your body. Thyroid disorders can range from a small, harmless goiter (enlarged gland) that needs no treatment to life-threatening cancer. The most common thyroid problems involve abnormal production of thyroid hormones. Too much thyroid hormone results in a condition known as hyperthyroidism. Insufficient hormone production leads to hypothyroidism.
Although the effects can be unpleasant or uncomfortable, most thyroid problems can be managed well if properly diagnosed and treated.
The usual treatment for hypothyroidism is thyroid hormone replacement therapy. Treatment is usually life-long. Most people who take thyroid replacement therapy do not experience side effects. However, if too much thyroid hormone is taken, symptoms can include shakiness, heart palpitations, and difficulty sleeping.
Common symptoms include:
- coarse and dry hair
- confusion or forgetfulness (often mistaken for dementia in seniors)
- dry, scaly skin
- fatigue or a feeling of sluggishness
- hair loss
- increased menstrual flow (women)
- intolerance to cold temperatures
- muscle cramps
- slower heart rate
- weight gain
10 Foods for your Thyroid
- Bamboo Shoots
- Brazil Nuts
- Coconut Oil
- Avoid tap water
- Low fat yougurt