The Importance of Your Thyroid Health
Most people don’t comprehend the role your thyroid plays in order for your body to operate properly and efficiently. To put it into perspective, your thyroid is literally “The Boss of Cells & Organs”; releasing the hormones it produces into your bloodstream to help your cells & organs turn nutrients into energy.
Your thyroid affects your
Heart Rate/Heart Health
Sleep (inability to or increased need for)
Reproductive System Health
An Unhealthy Thyroid
The results of an unhealthy are quite simple; if your thyroid doesn’t work properly, neither does your body. Your thyroid will either over or under produce the thyroid hormones needed to effectively operate your body’s cells and organs.
Hyperthyroidism – when the thyroid over-produces thyroid hormones, most often happens due to Graves Disease, but can also occur due to other reasons/diseases, it can have the following side effects:
- Insomnia/Inability to sleep
- Increased Heart Rate/Irregular Heart Rate
- Weight Loss
- Diarrhea/Increased Bowel Movements
- Inability to tolerate heat
- Mood Swings
- Hand Tremors
Hypothyroidism – when the thyroid under-produces thyroid hormones, most often caused by an auto immune disease of the thyroid gland called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, but can also occur due to other reasons/diseases. The side effects of hypothyroidism can be:
- Weight Gain
- Hair Loss
- Muscle/Joint Pain
- Inability to tolerate cold
- Slower Heart Rate
- Dry Skin
- Thinning Hair
- High Cholesterol
A blood test specific to thyroid levels is needed to determine if your thyroid is functioning properly. According to the NIH (governmental statistics), 1 in 50 women will be afflicted with thyroid disease; increasing to 17% of all women and 9% of all men aged 60 and over will have a thyroid problem that needs addressed.
Your physician or endocrinologist can treat improper thyroid hormone levels with an oral, synthetic version of the TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) normally produced, taken regularly. Your thyroid can even be removed and your body will still function with the proper intake of medication; so, thyroid disease is very treatable once diagnosed. However, it’s important that you always continue to take your synthetic TSH or your body will begin to shut down or even go into a coma.
If you’re suffering from fatigue, lethargy, or other issues that make it hard to keep up with every day chores you should seek help with in-home caregiving services until you feel well again. Considering the fact that your thyroid literally runs your entire body, it’s easy to understand why even the slightest inefficiency of this gland can cause your physical well being to be turned upside down.
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