Are you suddenly facing symptoms that are new to you? If you are facing any of these symptoms, it may be pointing to a thyroid condition that will need medical investigation. The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ situated in base of your neck. It secretes hormones that regulate growth and development of the body.
Here are some symptoms to watch out for that may point to an overactive or underactive thyroid.
If you have any of these symptoms, please consult a healthcare practitioner for a complete thyroid evaluation. Thyroid issues can be classified into Hypothyroidism (low or underactive thyroid gland) or Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid gland).
Some natural supplements and lifestyle choices can be adopted for preventing or even managing thyroid disorders. For example, hypothyroidism affects the body’s metabolic rate and can lead to a sudden increase in weight. Hence eating healthy and regular exercising is a must to manage this condition. Stress or depression is another problem faced by people with hypothyroid. Regular meditation or yoga is proven to help with these issues.
Hyperthyroidism on the other hand is treated with anti-thyroid drugs to stop the overproduction of the thyroid hormone. Patients with this diagnosis face weight loss or high blood pressure and/or palpitations. A low iodine diet is prescribed for these patients and one should also avoid soy products such as tofu, soy milk, soy beans etc.
When it comes to iodine, balance is essential. While excessive iodine can lead to hyperthyroidism, an iodine deficiency can cause hypothyroidism.