Of those diagnosed with a thyroid disorder, 80% are women. A blood test can begin the diagnostic process.
Hyperthyroidism is when the thyroid gland releases an overly-high level of hormones. The thyroid is a small, but powerful part of our bodies (located near the bottom of the throat) that keeps all of our organs in harmony and balance. Some effects of an overactive thyroid are hypertension, sweating, weight loss, and brittle hair.
Hypothyroidism occurs when not enough hormones are produced/released. Extreme fatigue, weight gain, irritability, and forgetfulness are just a few symptoms. Medication can be prescribed to combat the challenging effects.
Getting a blood test to test T3 and T4 levels can inform your doctor of your condition. Pregnancy and menopause often trigger the hormonal imbalance. If you are feeling any of the above symptoms, ask your physician if you can be tested. Help can be on the way!