Roughly 5% Of US Adults Suffer From Hypothyroidism
According to the American Thyroid Association (ATA), roughly 5-percent of U.S. adults suffer from hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid, making it the most prevalent immune disease in North America.
An underactive thyroid results when the body doesn’t produce adequate thyroid hormone, thus affecting both normal brain, mood, and body function. Sadly the National Academy of Hypothyroidism reports that 60-percent of those with thyroid disease don’t realize that they have a health issue due to a presentation of very commonplace symptoms, such as weight gain, moodiness, extreme fatigue, and digestive upset.
The following varied symptoms can indicate an underactive thyroid…
1. Unexplained Fatigue
If you get adequate hours of sleep (roughly 8-hours per night) and still struggle to get up in the morning, take a shower, and dress yourself you may suffer from hypothyroidism. Many diagnosed patients report dealing with unexplained and severe forms of exhaustion throughout the day, even after a night of restful sleep.
2. Digestive Upset
Chronic indigestion almost every single time you eat can indicate an underactive thyroid. The condition may even cause you to suffer gas, bloating, and abdominal cramps with foods that you’ve eaten for years without any issues.
Individuals who have an underactive thyroid share common mood imbalances. For instance, a co-study conducted by researchers at University of Toronto and the Department of Psychiatry at Toronto’s Western Hospital linked hypothyroidism to dangerous and permanent affects on brain function and mental processes—including a gradual loss of interest and motivation, paranoia, irritability, poor short-term memory, and memory decline that led to dementia if left untreated
4. Baffling Weight Gain
Your diet hasn’t changed, your activity level is the same as it always was, but you’re left stumped over the fact that you’re gaining weight without any practical reason. The same goes for trying to shed said unexplained weight. If you increase your activity level and cut calories and still don’t shed a pound, hypothyroidism may explain it.
A 2004 study published by the National Institutes of Health linked hypothyroidism and depression. On one side, patients who suffer with depression have an increased risk of hypothyroidism. However, the opposite was also found true in a study group of 192 people between the ages of 60 and 79-years-old—approximately 38-percent of participants with hypothyroidism were also found to be clinically depressed or diagnosed with anxiety disorder.
The onset of constipation is also considered a sign of an underactive thyroid. Many patients complain of irregular, decrease, and even difficult bowel movements that reduce their number 2 bathroom task to only once per week.
7. Hair Loss
Hypothyroidism can also cause hair to thin or simply fall out in clumps. You may suddenly notice that when you comb your hair there is a lot more left in the brush or hair may fall out in tufts overnight. A once full, thick head of hair may quickly become thinner and finer.
8. Is It Chilly In Here?
One of the more common signs of hypothyroidism is cold sensitivity, meaning you’re always chilly, throwing on a blanket or sweater, turning up the thermostat, and wearing fuzzy socks to bed—even when it’s comfortably warm inside. If you have an oral thermometer, scientists from the American Thyroid Association recommend a simple temperature test, once per week, upon waking. If your temperature is consistently below 98.6-degrees Fahrenheit (considered below normal human body temperature), it may indicate hypothyroidism.
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