Thyroid problems are very common, especially in women. Since the thyroid has a vital function in regulating energy, metabolism and tissue repair, low thyroid function, known as hypothyroidism, has several ill effects. Hypothyroidism is a condition that often goes undiagnosed and untreated, here are some of the most common symptoms to help you recognize if you may have an underactive thyroid.
Burned Out Feeling
Fatigue is the most common symptom of an underactive thyroid. Energy declines as you have less thyroid hormone production. Often times, patients report feeling burnt out, needing longer hours of sleep and may require naps throughout the day.
Weight Gain: Hips & Waist
Since thyroid hormones activate the body’s metabolism, hypothyroidism can lead to weight gain. Because basal metabolic rate is reduced, patients with low thyroid function tend to put on weight easily despite a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Cold Body Temperature & Cold Extremeties
Heat is a by-product of metabolism. Since patients that suffer from hypothyroidism have a slower resting metabolic rate, there is less heat production. Often times core body temperature can be reduced and patients report feeling cold all the time.
Increased Hair Loss
Thyroid hormones influence tissue growth and can highly influence hair growth. Thyroid hormones influence regeneration of hair follicles. Hypothyroidism causes hair follicles to stop regenerating and patients report increased hairloss.
Skin Thinning, Dryness and Itching
Thyroid hormones also influence skin cell turnover. Less skin cell turnover means that the outer layer of skin stays around longer and can be more dry and itchy. Skin may also take longer to heal.
Depression and Mood Changes
The mechanism by which patients with hypothyroidism experience depression and low mood is not well know but it could very well be the results of low energy and metabolic function.
Patients with hypothyroidism often report difficulty concentrating and recalling verbal cues. Memory issues often improve with treatment.
Sluggish bowel function is the result of low thyroid hormones and slower metabolic function. It is not commonly seen alone and will present along with other signs of low thyroid function.
If you suspect that your thyroid may be underactive or if you have hypothyroidism and your symptoms have not improved, our team of Naturopathic Doctors are highly experienced in diagnosing and treating thyroid disease. Book an appointment today to get started on your journey to optimal health!