Health Ed­i­tor Penny Lewis The REAL rea­son YOU’RE AL­WAYS TIRED

It’s the tiny gland that’s cru­cial to your health and well­be­ing, so a dy sfunc­tional thy roid can leave you exhausted

Woman’s Day (NZ) - - Healthy Living -

You know that feel­ing when you wake up in the morn­ing and just seem out of whack? For those suf­fer­ing from a thy­roid dis­or­der, this is their re­al­ity, day in, day out.

It’s es­ti­mated that 10% of New Zealan­ders have thy­roid dis­ease – and in many cases, it’s un­di­ag­nosed, with suf­fer­ers think­ing they’re just tired and run­down.

They com­monly ex­pe­ri­ence symp­toms such as a lack of en­ergy, bloat­ing, fog­gi­ness, for­get­ful­ness, in­som­nia, weight fluc­tu­a­tions and anx­i­ety.

“All the symp­toms are non-spe­cific and can over­lap with other com­mon con­di­tions, in­clud­ing stress, which is the main is­sue when try­ing to di­ag­nose a thy­roid prob­lem,” ex­plains en­docri­nol­o­gist Dr Kather­ine Tonks.

So how can you tell if you’re suf­fer­ing from burnout or some­thing more se­ri­ous? Read on to un­cover the key symp­toms of com­mon thy­roid dis­or­ders and the treat­ments that will help get you back on track.

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