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Tired, Depressed, Anxious, or Overweight? It Could Be Your Thyroid

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By    |   Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 06:12 PM

An unhealthy thyroid can cause a variety of physical symptoms, all of which are detrimental to physical health and well-being. Common symptoms of thyroid disease can include feeling tired, depressed, anxious, and being overweight.

The thyroid is a small endocrine gland located in the neck and it plays a huge role in regulating hormones in the body. A healthy thyroid releases an adequate amount of hormones into the bloodstream and these hormones help regulate metabolism, heart and brain functions, and growth and development in children.

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There are two types of hormones released by the thyroid called thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). According to Endocrine Web, "Thyroid cells are the only cells in the body which can absorb iodine. These cells combine iodine and the amino acid tyrosine to make T3 and T4. T3 and T4 are then released into the blood stream and are transported throughout the body where they control metabolism (conversion of oxygen and calories to energy)."

Thyroid disease symptoms present differently depending on whether the thyroid is over- or underproducing hormones, and in general, women are more likely to have the disease than men. If any combination of the following symptoms are present without additional explanation, they might be caused by your thyroid.

Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid does not produce enough hormones. Symptoms include fatigue, increased sensitivity to cold, constipation, weight gain, elevated blood cholesterol level, muscle aches, joint pain, thinning hair, depression, and impaired memory.

Hyperthyroidism occurs
when the thyroid over produces hormones. Symptoms include nervousness and irritability, increased heart rate, heat intolerance, tremors, weight loss, frequent bowel movements, insomnia and in some cases, a protrusion of the eyes.

A doctor can prescribe specific tests to determine the presence of thyroid disease and the condition is treatable with medication and lifestyle changes. In addition, the alternative health community has developed natural strategies to support thyroid health and assist in symptom management.

Many cases of thyroid disease go untreated simply because the symptoms were not correlated with the condition. Feeling tired, depressed, anxious, or being overweight or any of the above symptoms could mean your thyroid is over- or underproducing. A simple thyroid test can mean the difference between suffering in silence or being able to proactively manage thyroid disease.

This article is for information only and is not intended as medical advice. Talk with your doctor about your specific health and medical needs.

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