The thyroid is a small gland located in your throat, just behind your Adam’s apple. It helps regulate your body’s temperature, hunger levels, energy use, hormones, and metabolism. With so many important jobs, it’s no wonder that thyroid problems can cause widespread issues throughout the body!
Approximately 20 million Americans suffer from some type of thyroid disorder. The American Thyroid Association states that nearly 1 in 8 women in the U.S. are impacted by a thyroid disorder at some point during their life.
Unfortunately, thyroid disorders and thyroid disease can have a negative impact on almost every area of one’s life. Whether it causes you to struggle with weight gain or loss, anxiety or depression, lower energy levels, or everything in between, a properly functioning thyroid gland is crucial for great health!
Signs and Symptoms of Thyroid Problems
Most thyroid problems fall into one of two categories, hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
According to WebMD, “hypothyroidism, also called underactive thyroid disease, is a common disorder. With hypothyroidism, your thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormone.”
WebMD also states, “hyperthyroidism means your thyroid makes too much thyroid hormone.”
The most common symptoms of hypothyroidism are:
The most common symptoms of hyperthyroidism are:
What Causes Thyroid Problems
Hypothyroidism is when the thyroid doesn’t produce enough of the thyroid hormones T3 or T4 (or both in some cases). In the U.S., the most common cause for hypothyroidism is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, where the body mistakenly attacks the thyroid, compromising its functioning. Across the globe, having an iodine deficiency in the diet is the number 1 cause of hypothyroidism.
Hyperthyroidism is when the body produces too many of the needed thyroid hormones. The American Thyroid Association states that Grave’s disease is the number one cause of hyperthyroidism in the United States. It can also be caused by lumps on the thyroid or taking too many T4 supplements.
Thyroid Problem Risk Factors
While many factors can contribute to thyroid problems, research shows the following are some of the most significant risk factors for thyroid problems:
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, we highly recommend consulting your health care professional.
10 Foods that Affect Thyroid Health
Food is an incredible thing — it can be your best friend or your worst enemy when it comes to thyroid health. Curious how food can impact thyroid health? Check out this list of 10 foods that affect thyroid health.
At Gold Coast Chiropractic, we firmly believe in treating the whole body, and in the power of chiropractic to restore order, function, and communication to the body. Dr. Fisher provides each patient with the utmost care in order to discover the root of what is causing their pain and ailments.
An expert in his field, Dr. Fisher is a member of Chiropractic Biophysics Non-Profit, Academy of Chiropractic, the Illinois Chiropractic Society, and the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. He can be trusted with your chiropractic needs!
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