The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the front of the neck. It produces hormones that control many activities in your body, including your metabolic rates, heart rates, and your body’s ability to maintain a healthy complexion. A multitude of health issues can occur, should your thyroid malfunction. Statistics show that women between the age of 20 and 50 are five times more likely than men to develop thyroid disorders. Here is a more in-depth look into the 2 types of thyroid disorders and their symptoms: Hypothyroidism (thyroid gland produces too few hormones)
- Increased sensitivity to the cold
- Pale, dry skin
- Puffy face
- Hoarseness of voice
- Unexplained weight gain
- Muscle weakness, aches, tenderness and stiffness
- Joint pain, stiffness or swelling
- Light or irregular periods
- Brittle fingernails and hair
Hyperthyroidism (thyroid gland produces too many hormones)
- Sudden, unexplained weight loss
- Increased sensitivity to heat
- Increased heart rate
- Nervousness, anxiety and irritability
- Hand tremors
- Changes in menstrual patterns
- Bulging eyes
- Enlarged thyroid gland that can appear as a swelling at the base of the neck
- Fatigue, muscle weakness
- Restlessness and insomnia
According to industry experts, thyroid disease can be fatal if left untreated. Both types of the disorder can lead to heart, brain and pregnancy complications or even thyroid cancer. Benign thyroid growths that are too large, may also lead to breathing problems as they can compress your windpipe.
What are the treatments?
Fortunately, thyroid disorders are easily treated through conventional medication. In some cases, doctors may recommend removing the thyroid to prevent complications. If you exhibit one or more of the symptoms above, or suspect you may have thyroid disorder, do not wait!
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