Feb 22: The thyroid gland, or simply the thyroid, plays a vital role in the metabolism, growth and maturation of the human body.
Located in the front part of the neck, this butterfly-shaped gland can have a dramatic impact on a huge variety of bodily functions.
And if you’re a woman over 35, then your chances of developing a thyroid disorder are high because women are two to three times more likely than men to get thyroid cancer.
While there are many types of thyroid disease, the main conditions present in most thyroid illnesses are – hypothyroidism (insufficient hormone production) and hyperthyroidism (too much thyroid hormone).
Check out these common signs and symptoms that might tell your thyroid is out of whack:
- Extreme weight gain or loss even when an indicidual follows a healthy and active lifestyle (weight gain may signal hypothyroidism, whereas weigh lose may results in hyperthyroidism)
- Breathing difficulty
- Problems with swallowing
- Pain in the throat/neck
- Development of a goiter (an enlargement in your neck
- Changes in heart rate
- Increased sesitivity to cold
- Period problems
- Hair loss
- Digestion problems