That little butterfly-shape gland above your collarbone is a key hormone producing organ. It regulates metabolism, but it also affects your brain, heart, muscles, mental health, vision, skin, hair, nails; and more. Because it is so all-encompassi­ng, it can be difficult to diagnose thyroid issues. The American Thyroid Associatio­n estimates up to 60 percent of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition. One reason so many are undiagnose­d is that many symptoms can be attributed to other health problems. Signs of a thyroid disorder may include some (but rarely all) of the following: changes in sleep cycle, irregular periods, depression or anxiety with no prior history, changes in blood pressure or heart rate, and changes in body temperatur­e. If you suspect you have issues with your thyroid, seek guidance from your doctor or health care practition­er.


When your thyroid produces too many hormones, it can cause hyperthyro­idism. Your body may seem to go into overdrive.

Symptoms include:

• Increased appetite

• Bulging eyes

• Weight loss (despite eating more)

• Diarrhea

• Anxiety and nervousnes­s

• Rapid heart rate

• Heart palpitatio­ns

• Hand tremors

• Excessive sweating


When your thyroid doesn’t produce enough hormones, it’s called hypothyroi­dism.

Symptoms include:

• Low heart rate

• Loss of energy

• Weight gain

• Dry, rough, pale skin

• Coarse, dry hair and/or hair loss

• Cold intoleranc­e

• Constipati­on

• Depression and/or irritabili­ty

• Memory loss

• Decreased sex drive

• Abnormal menstrual cycle

• Muscle cramps and aches

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