Chances are that somewhere along the line you’ve heard somebody saying that they can’t lose weight due to their thyroid gland. You probably thought to yourself: “that’s just a term for eating too much”.
Well, thyroid gland issues and weight gain is actually a thing, but what exactly is a thyroid gland? It is a gland in the front of the neck that produces hormones which control the speed of your metabolism.
When the thyroid hormones become imbalanced, your metabolism can either become very slow (Hypothyroidism), or become a lot faster (Hyperthyroidism).
There is quite a wide range of symptoms that may indicate thyroid issues, so if you find yourself often experiencing one, you should look out for some of the others that might be tell-tale signs.
Common symptoms of thyroid issues include:
–Weight Gain or Weight Loss
This is the most well-known sign of a thyroid disorder. When thyroid hormone levels are high, you tend to lose weight, but when the thyroid hormone levels are very low, the metabolism becomes very slow and weight gain sets in. The latter is most common.
–Swelling in the Neck
Another visual sign that you might have thyroid issues is swelling in the neck, known as a goitre.
–Changes in Heart Rate
The thyroid hormones affect just about every organ in the body, even the heart. People with slower thyroid hormone release may feel that their heart beat slows down, whereas when the thyroid gland sets free a lot of hormones, the heart might beat faster than usual.
–Changes in Energy or Mood
As these hormones affect the entire body, a lack of thyroid hormones may cause a person to feel tired and lazy, where too much of these hormones can make you feel jittery and anxious.
Both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism can cause a person to lose hair. It usually starts growing back once the issue has been treated.
–Feeling Too Hot or Cold
When there are issues with the thyroid gland, it can cause a disruption in the regulation of body heat. With hypothyroidism, people tend to feel very cold, and then the opposite is true for hyperthyroidism.
There are some a few other, smaller symptoms of hypothyroidism:
- Dry skin and fragile nails
- Numbness in the hands
- Abnormal menstrual periods
- Muscle weakness
- Trembling hands
- Problems with sight
Thyroid Gland Issues or Menopause?
Thyroid disorder is often mistaken for menopause, as it causes changes in the menstrual cycle and can affect the mood. A blood test can be done to see which it is.
Who Should Be Tested?
It is advised that everybody goes for a thyroid screening every five years, as soon as they turn 35. If you often experience thyroid issue symptoms, you should go more frequently.
Thyroid Neck Check
A simple home-test for thyroid swelling is to stand in front of a mirror, tilt your head back and take a drink of water. When you swallow, look carefully just below your Adam’s apple, and just above your collarbone for bulges or protrusions. Do this a few times to make sure.
Diagnosing Thyroid Disorders
Consult your doctor for a blood test to be sure that you do not have any sort of thyroid dysfunction.
Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune disorder where the body attacks the thyroid gland. The result is a damaged thyroid gland, which prevents it from producing enough hormones. Hashimoto’s disease tends to be hereditary.
Losing Weight with Thyroid Disorder
We approach “thyroid” weight loss the same as Insulin Resistant weight loss. Please follow the Manna Diet in the free e-book and take the Manna Blood Sugar Support caplets with each meal to control cravings, control insulin requirements and balance blood sugar levels to lose weight the healthy way.