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Thyroid Problems in Women: 9 Things to Watch Out For

By    |   Friday, 29 Apr 2016 06:33 PM

According to the American Thyroid Association, one in eight women will develop a thyroid problem at some point during her lifetime, and women are five to eight times more likely to develop a thyroid condition than men.

The thyroid is a gland located near the neck that influences nearly all your body’s metabolic processes. Most thyroid problems are caused by the gland making too little (hypothyroidism) or too much (hyperthyroidism) thyroid hormone.

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It can be difficult to identify a thyroid problem without a medical test because many of the symptoms could have other causes. Prevention estimates that 10 million women in the U.S. have an undiagnosed thyroid condition.

Although many thyroid symptoms may seem innocuous or a normal part of getting older, here are some things to medical experts suggest you watch out for if you suspect a thyroid problem.

1. Weight gain or loss without any changes in eating habits.

2. Changes in your skin or hair.

3. Constant fatigue or exhaustion.

4. Feeling hot or cold compared to others.

5. Depression or anxiety without an apparent situational cause.

6. Unexplained sleep problems.

7. Problems with memory; forgetfulness.

8. High cholesterol level.

9. Digestive problems, usually constipation.

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Any one of these symptoms could have multiple causes, but a cluster of several of the above symptoms may be worth mentioning to your doctor.

Thyroid hormone levels can be tested with a simple blood test, which will show whether a thyroid problem exists. Thyroid problems can typically be well managed once they are diagnosed.

The Mayo Clinic notes the dosage of medication needed to balance thyroid hormones in women can increase over time as the body continues to change, so periodic testing is necessary. Various treatments for other health conditions, such as radiation, surgery and certain medications, can also affect the amount of thyroid medication needed.

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