Do one or more of these symptoms sound familiar?
- Are you tired all the time?
- Is it difficult to lose weight?
- Are you always cold?
- Do you feel sad or depressed?
- Are you forgetful?
- Do you feel bloated?
The thyroid is a small gland in your neck and when it isn’t functioning like it should, everything slows down. You feel sluggish, tired and it may be difficult to lose weight or to even think clearly. The American Thyroid Association reports that up to 60 percent of people with a thyroid dysfunction don’t even know that they have a problem.
Thyroid hormones are important for every cell in your body. Their primary role is to control metabolism or the way your body uses energy. An underactive thyroid gland is when your thyroid isn’t making enough hormones to supply your body and your metabolism starts to slow down. This causes weight gain, fatigue, depression, bloating, muscle aches, brain fog, and the list goes on. Even when you present with symptoms, many doctors will fail to order the correct tests and misdiagnose the condition-- particularly for men, and especially for women under 40.
A large number of hypothyroid cases are due to autoimmunity. Hashimoto’s disease is a common autoimmune condition, which involves an immune system attack on the thyroid. This causes low thyroid hormone production in addition to chronic inflammation and can become a very serious condition if not managed correctly. A less common condition is a hyperactive thyroid gland, which occurs when the thyroid is making too much hormone. The result is an increase in metabolism and may cause diarrhea, sweating, a racing heartbeat, or insomnia.
Thyroid dysfunction is highly under-diagnosed and if left untreated, it will increase a person's risk for heart disease, stroke, infertility, osteoporosis and pregnancy-related complications. Consult with Dr. Shell if you suspect that you have a thyroid disorder. There are extraordinary health benefits that can be achieved when we focus in all areas affecting your health such as: diet, lifestyle, targeted nutrient/botanical therapy, treatment of coexisting illness, and pharmaceuticals, when appropriate.
Optimizing thyroid health is essential to your well-being and enjoyment of life. Book an appointment today to keep your thyroid in peak condition.