Hypothyroidism General Overview
It is important to understand the different thyroid conditions one may have in order to treat and control it. When the thyroid system is underactive that is the thyroid gland makes less thyroid hormone than the body needs you have hypothyroidism. This may be for a number of reasons even as simple as lack of proper nutrition or in the quantity of food intake, stress. Hypothyroidism often results in high cholesterol levels.
A diet high in sugar and low in usable iodine, fat-soluble vitamins and other nutrients, leads to the body flooding the blood with cholesterol to heal tissues and produce protective steroids. Hypothyroid cases are more susceptible to infections, heart disease and cancer.
Although symptoms throw a great deal of light on the thyroid condition one may have the complexity of distinguishing it from similar symptoms for non thyroid conditions make it difficult for one to know what is happening to our body. Symptoms of Hypothyroidism are gradual and sometimes take years to develop that one won’t know that it is hypothyroidism which is causing them all. They can also be confused to symptoms caused due to menopause, aging and even stress.
Common Symptoms Of Hypothyroidism
- Dry and brittle nails
- Brittle hair that falls in bunches
- A slow pulse
- White patches of skin where pigment is lost
- Tiredness and weakness
- Slow reflexes
- Low basal temperature ( cold intolerance and cold hands and feet almost all the time)
- Dry and coarse skin
- Weight gain
- Poor memory, and increasing forgetfulness, dementia
- Heavy menstrual flow
- Slow speech with a thickened tongue
- An expressionless face
If you have any of the above symptoms you may be having a hypothyroid condition. Comprehensive tests, a holistic treatment and a thyroid diet are all strategies that will help you control your thyroid condition and recover faster.
It is critical to know more Hypothyroidism and its symptoms as they take a long time to develop and are usually confused with symptoms of other diseases until it is too late!
Do you know that once you have had a thyroid condition you are at risk of other thyroid conditions as well which can be fatal? Our diet and lifestyle weaken our immune system and leaves us more vulnerable to thyroid gland diseases. The key to effective treatment starts with prevention and control and this can be done with a just a few minor changes in our diet and lifestyle and I urge you to adopt them.
Hypothyroidism and your diet
There are certain foods that can trigger the enlargement of the thyroid as well as hypothyroidism. There are foods that block T4 hormone to convert to T3, the active form of thyroid hormone. A diet with large amounts of cauliflower and cabbage which one may think are good for health may in fact lead one closer to having hypothyroidism. It is critical therefore to know what we need to eat when we suspect we may have thyroid disease or have a thyroid gland disease history.
Hyperthyroidism General Overview
Hyperthyroidism is the opposite of hypothyroidism. It occurs when the thyroid gland produces excess thyroid hormones. Thyroid hormones control the metabolism of our body and excess hormones means body processes speed up. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism are nervousness, irritability, increased perspiration, heart racing, hand tremors, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, thinning of your skin, fine brittle hair, and muscular weakness especially in the upper arms and thighs. It also causes frequent bowel movements. You may lose weight despite a good appetite and, for women, menstrual flow may lighten and menstrual periods may occur less often.
When the entire thyroid gland overproduces hormones the condition is called Grave’s disease which may lead to hyperthyroidism. Grave’s disease is caused by antibodies in the blood that stimulate the thyroid to grow and secrete excessive thyroid hormone. One is more susceptible to this type of hyperthyroidism if they have a hyperthyroid gland disease history, and occurs more often in young women.
Another type of hyperthyroidism is characterized by one or more nodules or lumps in the thyroid that may gradually grow and increase their activity so that the total output of thyroid hormone into the blood is greater than normal. This condition is known as toxic nodular or multinodular goiter. Also, people may temporarily have symptoms of hyperthyroidism if they have a condition called thyroiditis. This condition is caused by a problem with the immune system or a viral infection that causes the gland to leak thyroid hormone. It can also be caused by taking too much thyroid hormone in tablet form.
Little is known about why specific individuals get hyperthyroidism making it vital for every individual to be armed with the right information and get tested for it.
- Are you aware that you and your children are at risk of cancer and other diseases if thyroid gland disease history runs in your family?
- Are you aware that relatives of people with autoimmune thyroid gland disease may develop thyroid disease at some point in life?
- Are you afraid that you may not be aware that you are already suffering with thyroid gland disease?
- Are you trying to lose weight with a healthy diet and exercise but have seen no results?
- Are you perplexed as to how to prevent you and your children from developing thyroid gland diseases and other thyroid related illnesses?
- Are you literally sick of the numerous medications you take for different diseases?
- Are you afraid that there is no way to regain your health, no way to arrest or slow the spread of thyroid disease as it brings worsening allergies, hormonal imbalances and a multitude of life changing symptoms?
- Are you afraid of a weakening thyroid system which can eventually lead to various cancers and life threatening illnesses?
- Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to identify thyroid disease symptoms and manage and control your thyroid, so long as you know what critical mistakes not to make.
- We’ll walk you through the steps to becoming disease-free and worry-free so you can feel better faster, protect your family, and avoid recurring diseases and symptoms.
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About the Author
As a women who has hypothyroidism, I would like to share all of my knowledge to all of you about hypothyroidism and how can you make change of your life.