Your thyroid is the primary dictator of your metabolism and any malfunction or disease affecting your thyroid will cause you to have problems in metabolism leading to a drastic change in your weight – you may either gain weight, lose weight, or may find that losing weight is much harder than usual.
Hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid, is a condition where your thyroid gland is producing too much of the hormone thyroxine. Hyperthyroidism accelerates your body’s metabolism causing sudden weight loss, an irregular or rapid heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, and irritability.
Doctors use anti-thyroid medications and on occasion a radioactive iodine to slow the overproduction of the hormones. Most people respond well to the treatment once hyperthyroidism is diagnosed.
Hyperthyroidism can include any of these symptoms:
– Sudden weight loss, even with no changes in your eating habits
– Rapid or irregular heartbeat
– Appetite increase
– Nervousness, even anxiety or anxiety attacks
– Tremors in the hand and finger areas
– An enlarged thyroid gland at the base of the neck
– Sleeping difficulties
Hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid, is the condition where your thyroid gland under produces the related hormones. This condition is more common in women over 50. Hypothyroidism upsets the balance of chemical reactions in your body. There will rarely be symptoms in the early stages, but over time if left untreated can cause a number of health problems, including obesity, joint pain, and heart disease.
Hypothyroidism is usually an easy fix, treated with a synthetic thyroid hormone.
The signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism vary depending on the severity of the hormone deficiency and tend to develop slowly, often over a period of years.
At first, you may barely notice the main symptoms such as fatigue and sluggishness or you may assume they are a part of getting older. But as your metabolism continues to slow, the symptoms may start.
Some of them include:
– Weight gain
– Sensitive to cold
– Your skin is pale and dry
– You have a puffy face
– Your voice is hoarse
– High blood cholesterol levels
– Aching muscles
– Pain, stiffness, or swelling in the joints
– Muscle weakness
– Hair and fingernails brittle
When hypothyroidism isn’t treated, signs and symptoms can gradually become more severe. Advanced hypothyroidism is unusual, but when it happens can be life threatening. Signs include low blood pressure, shallow breathing and a low body temperature.
Visit your doctor if you have any of these symptoms or if one of your parents was diagnosed with one of these conditions, be proactive! … and that’s my Cup of Tea!