The butterfly-shaped gland in your neck, the thyroid has a dramatic impact on a variety of bodily functions. According to estimates if you’re a woman of over 35 your chances of a thyroid disorder are more by 30 percent. Experts say that women are as much as ten times as likely as men to have a thyroid problem.
All About Thyroid Gland
Your thyroid gland is located above Adam’s apple. The thyroid hormone (TH) among other things regulates your body’s temperature, metabolism, and heartbeat. When your thyroid gland turns sluggish, it produces too little TH. The condition is known as hypothyroidism.
Hypothyroidism in India is 11 percent. Cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Ahmadabad, and Hyderabad has a higher prevalence compared to coastal cities such as Mumbai, Goa, and Chennai. Thyroid hormone has a far reach in the body from your brain to bowels, so diagnosing a disorder can be challenging. Here are some tell-tale signs to find whether your thyroid is on the blink.
Signs You’re Suffering from Weak Thyroid
- ü You’re exhausted
- ü You’re feeling weak
- ü Always suffer from cold
- ü Your muscles aches and cramps
- ü You may suffer from constipation
- ü You may gain weight
- ü Have difficulty losing weight
- ü You have a poor appetite
- ü You have dull, dry and rough skin
- ü You suffer from swelling in your face and legs
- ü Your hair is falling
- ü You have a hoarse voice
- ü Your tongue is enlarged
- ü You may be depressed
- ü Your eyes have lost its luster
- ü Your eyebrows are thinning
- ü You suffer from irregular or heavy menstrual periods
- ü You have memory loss
- ü You have reduced mental activity
- ü Your cholesterol levels are high
- ü You suffer from miscarriages
Hypothyroidism will slow down your metabolism, thus contributing to weight gain. Science has proved that obesity affects your thyroid function. Your thyroid gland uses iodine mostly available from food sources such as seafood, bread, and salt to produce the thyroid hormone.
When your hormone level decreases, your pituitary gland releases thyroid stimulating hormone. Medical professionals use TSH hormonal levels for confirming whether you have hypothyroidism. If you suffer from hypothyroidism, there is a persistent low level of circulating thyroid hormones in your blood.
The standard range for TSH is 0.6-4.6 microunits/ml. Above six states that you suffer from Hypothyroidism. If you are in the borderline range, then your levels will be 4-6 microunits/ml.
Regular medication, active lifestyle, and de-stressing techniques will improve the quality of your life.