10 May Thyroid Health
What do you know about your thyroid gland? Do you know the symptoms of a thyroid disorder? Or why it is vitally important for your overall health and well-being? We want raise awareness to these key issues and help you understand your health better.
What is a Thyroid disorder:
Where is your thyroid gland and what does it look like? The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shape gland in the base of the neck, it is very important for our body as it influences the function of the body’s most important organs including the heart, brain, liver, kidneys and skin. It also regulates our rate of metabolism, growth and development and even our body temperature. Therefore, our thyroid gland plays a key role to our health.
Having a Thyroid disorder is actually very common throughout the world. One in twenty people in the UK are affected by a Thyroid disorder. The symptoms of having Thyroid Disease aren’t obvious consequently why it is known as “the silent disease”. As a result, you could have the disease without being aware because it often develops over several years before you get an obvious symptom.
Hypothyroidism, this is term giving to having an underactive thyroid. This is one of the two most common thyroid disorders. An underactive thyroid is when your thyroid gland produces less thyroid hormones than it should. This is caused by the immune system attacking the thyroid gland and damaging it.
Although the symptoms usually develop slowly and don’t seem like indicators of a serious health problem, it can have massive impact on future health. According to the NHS the following are common signs of hypothyroidism:
- Weight gain
- Dry and scaly skin
- Being sensitive to cold
- Irregular or heavy periods
- Muscle cramps or weakness
- Slow movements and thoughts
- Pain, numbness or tingling in the hands and fingers.
It is vital that an underactive thyroid is diagnosed and treated as soon as possible to prevent long term problems. These can be high cholesterol, atherosclerosis, hearing loss, angina and even a heart attack. This silent disease can also lead to further complications such as Goitre. Goitre is when there is abnormal swelling of thyroid gland which causes a lump to form in the throat. It could also result in pregnancy complications. It can cause pre-eclampsia, anaemia, birth defects, premature or even stillbirths and miscarriages.
Hyperthyroidism, this is when you suffer from having an overactive thyroid. As a result, it is the opposite of hypothyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is where the thyroid gland produces extra levels of hormones which can cause unpleasant and serious health problems.
An overactive thyroid ha been found to occur more often in women. It’s about 10 times more common it typically starts between that ages of 20 and 40, it is essencal women between these ages check for symptoms regularly. The NHS has stated the symptoms of the overactive thyroid to include the following:
- Weight loss
- Mood swings
- Difficulty sleeping
- Sensitivity to heat
- Irregular heart rate
- Feeling Tired and weak
- Nervousness or anxiety
- Swelling in your neck
When an overactive thyroid isn’t treated or controlled with medication properly it can consequence further problems. These can be problems with eye vision, pregnancy complication such as premature birth or miscarriage. You can also have a thyroid storm, this is when there is a life-threatening flare-up of all the symptoms. Thyroid disease can be silent and It is extremely vital that everyone is aware of the symptoms. Looking out for these can prevent the long-term effects from happening.
Randox Health: What we can do for you!
With our advanced health packages we have identified thyroid problems in our clients. As a result, they have been able to get support from us to manage their Thyroid disorder to take control of their health. This is what our client Emma Cuddy had to say after her health check when a thyroid disorder was detected:
“I experienced symptoms of weight gain, fatigue, sluggishness and muscle weakness but put them down to a series of lifestyle changes. Due to poor diet and lack of exercise. However, that wasn’t the case at all. My health check revealed my thyroid hormones were extremely low, due to an underactive thyroid. This explained everything. I am now managing it through medication and really feel the difference. I have so much more energy than I did before. It’s a big relief that I caught this now – if it had gone on untreated, it could have had serious consequences.”
If you have shown any of the symptoms above or are worried about your health and want reassurance, contact a member of our team. They can talk you through the next steps of taking control of your health! Not only now but also in the future.