An estimated 59 million Americans are living with some type of thyroid condition and most aren’t even aware of it.
As one of the largest endocrine glands in the body, the thyroid controls how quickly the body uses energy and makes proteins, as well as the body’s sensitivity to other hormones.
When your thyroid gland is not functioning properly, it can affect many facets of your health, including your weight, mood and energy levels.
An undiagnosed thyroid problem can increase your risk of developing serious chronic health conditions including…
- heart disease,
- and others.
3 Classic Thyroid Warning Signs to Watch For
Be on the lookout for the following 3 classic signs of a thyroid problem.
If any of them sound like you talk with your doctor about getting a diagnosis so you can get started on the road to recovery:
1. Aches and Pains
Both hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) and hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) can result in a host of muscle and/or joint-related symptoms, including weakness and pain, cramps, and stiffness. More advanced conditions can lead to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, causing tingling, burning and other discomfort in your hands or feet.
2. Hair Loss
The health of your hair is particularly vulnerable to thyroid problems, resulting in hair loss or the development o f coarse, dry hair that easily breaks or falls out. People with hypothyroidism may even lose the hair in the outer edge of the eyebrow.
3. Weight Changes
People suffering from a thyroid condition may experience changes in weight without drastically changing their diet or exercise plan. An underactive thyroid may cause difficulty in losing weight, even with strict diet and rigorous exercise modifications, while an overactive thyroid may cause you to lose weight without even trying.
Treatment for thyroid conditions typically depends on the depth of the condition, age and gender of the patient, and the preference of the health-care provider.
There are both natural and surgical treatments that may prove to be effective for improving thyroid health, so consult a professional for more information.
Dr. Isaac Eliaz, a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine since the early 1980's, is a respected author, lecturer, researcher, product formulator and clinical practitioner.
Since 1991 Dr. Eliaz has maintained a busy private practice in northern California that focuses primarily on integrative, holistic protocols for cancer patients. He leads an integrative medical team at Amitabha Clinic in Sebastopol, California with focus on cancer and other chronic ailments.
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