Could You Have Thyroid Problems?

Yumhee Park | Jan 16th 2015

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Did you know that more than 12 percent of the U.S. population  will develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime? Around 20 million Americans currently have some form of thyroid disease with up to 60 percent of them unknowingly having thyroid problems . Could you be one of them? Here are some red flags that indicate your thyroid is haywire.

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Mysterious weight gain or weight loss

Thyroid problems can wreak havoc on your metabolism and can cause unexplainable weight gain or weight loss. Weight gain is linked to hypothyroidism, where the thyroid is not working enough, and weight loss is linked to hyperthyroidism, where the thyroid is working overtime.

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Grabbing more coffee than usual

Is it the afternoon crash or constant fatigue that’s making you reach for that second or third cup of coffee? Constant and extreme fatigue is a big sign that your thyroid is on the fritz.

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Hot and cold

It could be age that’s making you more sensitive to heat or cold, or it could be your thyroid telling you that something is up. Oversensitivity to heat or cold means it’s time to reevaluate your health and ask your doctor about your thyroid.

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Erratic behavior from aunt Flo

Women are 5 to 8 times more likely than men to have thyroid problems and this shows up when aunt Flo comes into town. Menstrual periods might be extremely heavy or almost absent, so if your periods start becoming erratic, pay attention to other changes in your body and consider getting your thyroid checked out.

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Listen to your heartbeat

If you feel like your heartbeat is too fast, with palpitations at times, that might be your thyroid producing way too much hormones. Slowed heart rate is a sign that your thyroid is sluggish. If you think you might have thyroid problems, it’s worth paying closer attention to your heartbeat.

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Breathe in and out

One major thing that is affected by the hormones the thyroid produces, is breathing. If you’re experiencing any difficulty or difference in your breathing, it may very well be linked to problems with your thyroid.

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Get tested

The previous factors are only some of the red flags that your thyroid is out of wack. If you suspect problems are happening with your thyroid, ask your doctor to get tested. Here are some more resources on causes of hypothyroidism and specific symptoms of hypothyroidism.