Could You Have Thyroid Problems?
Yumhee Park | Jan 16, 2015
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.
Mysterious weight gain or weight loss
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.