The thyroid, located in the front of the neck, is a gland that makes hormones important to proper organ function. The Hormone Health Network explains thyroid hormones affect how fast or slow the brain, heart, muscles, liver, and other parts of the body work.
When the thyroid gland fails to make enough thyroid hormone, the body suffers from hypothyroidism, says the American Thyroid Association. Common causes of hypothyroidism are autoimmune disease and radiation treatment. The thyroid may also be inflamed due to a viral infection or deficient in iodine. The body does not make iodine, which is why it is important to eat foods rich in iodine. These include, according to the Global Healing Center, cranberries, strawberries, yogurt, navy beans, and potatoes.
As Endocrine Web explains, hypothyroidism, when left untreated, can result in life-threatening depression, heart failure, or coma. But when diagnosed with a simple blood test, hypothyroidism is easily treated with a daily pill. Don’t leave your health to chance. Learn the signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism:
1. Weakness and fatigue.
2. Coarse, dry hair and dry, rough, pale skin.
3. Cold intolerance.
5. Muscle cramps and muscle aches.
6. Memory loss.
7. Abnormal menstrual cycles in women.
8. Depression and irritability.
It is important to note that not everyone experiences hypothyroidism in the same way. You will likely have a combination of these symptoms, but maybe none at all. If you notice unexplained changes in your body, it is important to speak with your doctor.
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RESOURCES: REMEY DAILY, HORMONE HEALTH NETWORK, AMERICAN THYROID ASSOCIATION, GLOBAL HEALING CENTER, AND ENDOCRINE WEB