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Always cold or tired, you can’t lose weight, you have brittle hair and fingernails?
Many people diagnosed with a thyroid condition are surprised that such a tiny gland can have such a profound impact on overall health and well-being. But the thyroid gland plays an enormous role in human health. Throughout life, this busy gland is constantly producing hormones that influence metabolism. When disease causes your thyroid gland to slack off and under produce thyroid hormone, or overwork and produce too much of it, you’ll know something isn’t right
When a person’s thyroid hormone level gets too low, nearly every system in the body is affected. An underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) can set off a wide range of symptoms that can include fatigue, depression, weight gain, constipation, and dry skin.
If you’re always cold or tired, you can’t lose weight, you have brittle hair and fingernails, or you have other unexplained health issues, you may be suffering from an underactive thyroid. Untreated, a thyroid disease can make you feel lousy. It can also increase your odds of having high cholesterol, developing atherosclerosis, and having a heart attack.
Fortunately, new tests are making it possible to give you a precise account of how well your thyroid gland is functioning and help determine the cause of the problem. Then, for many forms of thyroid disease, treatment is usually a matter of taking the correct amount of medication. You can go on with your life with your disease in check.