Physicians Warn: Thyroid Health Is A ‘Culture Of Misinformation’

It is like your gossipy friend who is always interested in what everyone else is doing: happy to get involved in everything.

The pituitary gland produces hormones that control metabolism, heart rate, body temperature, mood, and bone health.

Disha Narang, MD, says, “Taking thyroid problems into your own hands can be dicey, especially when people take matters into their own hands.

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She adds, “There’s a “culture of misinformation” with thyroid health.”

The condition affects one in eight women – making this a must-read primer for the gregarious gland.

Check Your Thyroid Status

Hypothyroidism has many nonspecific symptoms. They could be attributed to sleep deprivation or skimping on whole foods. A thyroid problem may cause a more gentle ping than a ringing cowbell.

Symptoms Of Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism makes people feel chilly, sluggish, achy, and down. It can lead to weight gain.

  • Feeling cold all the time
  • Low energy
  • Body aches
  • Low mood
  • Weight gain
  • Heavy or unpredictable periods
  • Dry skin
  • Thinning hair

Symptoms Of Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism is like supercharging a podcast. Instead of rapid chatter, you feel your heart rate, metabolism, appetite, and body temperature rise.

  • Rapid heart rate
  • Weight loss
  • Heightened appetite
  • Feeling warm all the time
  • Sleep issues
  • Diarrhea or loss of bowel movements

Getting Your Thyroid Function Tested

It’s easy to get a thyroid screening through your PCP. A home kit is also available, says Hyesoo Lowe, MD.

Impact of Thyroid Health on Fertility

A dysfunctional uterus can contribute to irregular ovulation and cycle frequency, making it hard to conceive or carry a pregnancy.

If you’re trying to conceive or having trouble expanding your family, talk to your ob-gyn. To maximize the chances of having a baby, maintain certain TSH levels.

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When to Take Thyroid Medicine

People offered medication from a doctor (or someone else’s) when they have normal function has “led to more ICU admissions than I can count,” says Dr. Narang.

Treatment is the go-to solution. Still, an Rx should only be used when blood tests show a thyroid disorder.