Today I want to talk about a topic that has had a great influence in my life this past 9 months, hypothyroidism
What is a thyroid?? a thyroid is a large gland in the neck which secretes hormones regulating growth and development through the rate of metabolism. Hypothyroid refers to low thyroid levels which can be caused by a number of things , mine was cause by Hashimoto’s disease, which is an autoimmune disorder that can cause an underactive thyroid. With this disease, your immune system attacks your thyroid. The thyroid becomes damaged and can’t make enough thyroid hormones. There is a number of symptoms to look out for in hypothyroidism including-
- Weight gain
- Increased cholesterol
- Hair loss
- Memory loss
- Dry, rough skin
- Swelling of the legs
- Decreased concentration
- Muscle cramps
- Vague aches and pains
- Feeling cold
- Fluid retention
- Prolonged or excessive menstrual bleeding in women
- Poor concentration or feeling mentally “foggy”
If you do have at least 5 of these symptoms please see a doctor so that they can do blood tests to see if you have hypothyroidism.
Treatment will depend on the diagnosis.
I will definitely do a full blog post on this topic as there is a lot of information on this, at the moment I am taking eltroxin for this but also lots of natural supplements and a diet for the hypothyroidism, I am still trying to reach my optimal thyroid levels and I am working with an endocrinologist, but this will take some time to correct.
If you like to hear more about this topic like supplements that you can benefit from, please comment.