Do I Have Thyroid Dysfunction?
Wondering if you’re struggling with thyroid dysfunction? Our thyroids produce what’s known as thyroid hormone, which controls many of our bodily activities (including how fast you burn calories and how fast your heart beats). And when your thyroid isn’t working properly, it makes too much (or too little!) of that hormone. As a result, you might feel restless and lose/gain weight.
Unfortunately, women are more likely to have thyroid diseases than men. Keep reading to learn what thyroid dysfunction is and how it might affect you.
What is Thyroid Dysfunction?
Your thyroid hormone controls your body’s metabolism, which regulates how fast you burn calories and how fast your heart beats. The most common kinds of thyroid disorders are hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) and hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid).
Wondering if you have some sort of thyroid disorder? It’s not uncommon for the symptoms to be mistaken for menopausal symptoms. Additionally, the symptoms of thyroid dysfunction develop slowly, and many people don’t notice them at first.
Overtime, hyperthyroidism causes symptoms like:
- Weight loss
- Increased appetite
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Feeling nervous or anxious
- Trouble sleeping
- Trembling hands
- Increased sweating
- Feeling hot
- Muscle weakness
- Diarrhea or more bowel movements than usual
- Fewer and lighter menstrual cycles
And symptoms of hypothyroidism include:
- Feeling cold
- Muscle weakness
- Unexplained weight gain
- Joint or muscle pain
- Feeling sad or depressed
- Pale, dry skin
- Dry or thinning hair
- Slow heart rate
- A puffy face
- Sweating less than usual
- Stronger than usual menstrual cycles
Thyroid Dysfunction Treatment in Tysons
As we mentioned, thyroid disease affects more women than men. And unfortunately, one in eight women will develop a thyroid problem at some point in her life. For most women, this causes menstrual problems, difficulties getting pregnant, and/or issues during pregnancy.
If you suspect you might be suffering from thyroid dysfunction, the qualified professionals at The Menopause Center can help. Contact our team today.
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