Weight and Mood Out of Control? It Could Be Your Thyroid

2018-01-08T12:44:06+00:00 Anxiety|0 Comments

What is your thyroid?

There is a lot of talk about the thyroid in weight-loss and health magazines and how it can drastically affect your mood and body, but what is a thyroid and where is it? The thyroid gland is located on your neck a little beneath the Adam’s apple.
The butterfly-shaped gland regulates bodily functions as energy, temperature, mood and weight by taking iodine from your diet and producing the thyroid hormone. Irregularities of the thyroid can disrupt the entire body.

By the Numbers

  • Thyroid disorders are found in 0.8 per cent to 5 per cent of the population.
  • Nearly 200 million people worldwide have a form of thyroid disease.
  • The thyroid gland weighs about 20 grams.
  • Thyroid disease is four to seven times more common in women.

Thyroid Disease Explained

Thyroiditis, or thyroid disease in layman’s terms, is an ‘inflammation of the thyroid gland’. The disease is a result of damage to the thyroid cells and falls under two broad categories: abnormal function of the thyroid, or abnormal growth (nodules) of the gland. The abnormal function of the thyroid occurs when the gland
is not producing enough thyroid hormone. This is referred to as hypothyroidism. Common symptoms are:

  • Depression.
  • Weight gain.
  • Dry skin.
  • Fatigue.
  • Trouble concentrating.
  • Low exercise stamina.

In the other case of thyroid disease, the gland leaks stored hormones which caused increased thyroid hormone in the blood, leading to thyrotoxicosis or hyperthyroidism. The common symptoms of hyperthyroidism (too much thyroid hormone) are:

  • Insomnia.
  • Anxiety.
  • Weight loss.
  • Irregular pulse.
  • Fatigue.
  • Overheating.

Any of these symptoms alone or together could be a reason to see your doctor for a thyroid test. Standard thyroid exams are performed by your doctor touching the gland to check for masses or nodules; however, blood tests are not uncommon. It is common for the physical symptoms to show up after the change in mood, as the disease is a gradual one. Remain vigilant for mood swings as they can indicate a thyroid problem.

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