Are you experiencing unexplainable weight gain? Or are you having a hard time losing weight? It might be because of a problem with your thyroid…
Your thyroid has an important job: it releases hormones that give you energy, maintain a healthy skin, and it plays a crucial role in your body’s metabolism. When the gland isn’t producing enough of these hormones, it can affect the way you feel and look. We call this condition: “hypothyroid” and it can make you tired, depressed, and cause weight gain – among other things.
Here are some main signs that could indicate a problem with your thyroid:
Feeling tired for no apparent reason.
Failing to lose weight despite diet changes, or unexplainable excessive weight changes
A feeling of swelling or discomfort in the neck
Feeling depressed or having sudden anxiety or panic attacks
Unusually high or low levels of cholesterol can be another indicator, especially if it’s not responsive to diet, exercise or medication.
And finally, family history. Thyroid disease tends to run in families. Your risk also increases as you get older, and you’re more likely to have thyroid problems when you’re female.
And, if you have another autoimmune disorder, such as type 1 diabetes, you also have a bigger chance of developing a thyroid condition.