Updated: Jan 27, 2021
It’s National Thyroid Awareness month and I want to highlight the importance of this small butterfly shaped gland. The functionality of the thyroid gland will affect your body’s overall wellness. Your thyroid gland is responsible for manufacturing enough thyroid hormone to trigger your cells to perform and function at a certain rate. For example, breathing, metabolism, digestive function, muscle strength, and much more.
My personal journey with thyroid issues began in 2012. After having a major surgery it was discovered I experienced a “thyroid storm” connected to undetected and untreated Graves’ disease; an immune system disorder that results in the overproduction of thyroid hormones (hyperthyroidism). It was determined the best course of action was the radioactive iodine treatment which destroys the thyroid. As a result, I have to take thyroid replacement medication for the rest of my life. Additionally, I supplement this by eating a healthy diet.
Below are signs and symptoms of potential thyroid dysfunction. Note: There are conditions with similar symptoms, so always consult with your physician for any diagnosis.
Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) is a condition in which your thyroid gland doesn't produce enough of certain crucial hormones. Signs and symptoms may include:
Tiredness and fatigue
Dry skin and hair
Sensitivity to cold temperature
Frequent, heavy periods
Joint and muscle pain
Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) occurs when your thyroid gland produces too much of the hormone thyroxine. Signs and symptoms may include:
Irritability or moodiness
Sweating or sensitivity to high temperatures
Missed or light menstrual periods
Again, always consult your physician for any diagnosis.
Yours in health and wellness!