5 tell-tale signs of an underlying thyroid disorder

Every part, organ in the body has one or multiple functions to perform, which ensures that the body functions to its full potential. A slight disruption in the functioning of either of these organs can result give rise to a plethora of health issues. One of the most common disorders that a majority of people across the globe suffer from is related to the functioning of the thyroid gland.

The thyroid gland produces the hormones, thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) which absorb iodine and aids the process of metabolism. When the thyroid gland malfunctions, it gives rise to various medical conditions, namely, hypothyroidism, which is characterized by a reduction in the production of the thyroid hormone; and hyperthyroidism, which indicates an increase in the secretion of the thyroid hormone. Each of these conditions alters the processes of the body. However, one can determine that they suffer from a thyroid condition when they show the following signs.

  • Changes in sleep pattern– If you are a sound sleeper and off late you can’t enjoy the peace a deep slumber has to offer you, then there are chances that you might be suffering from a thyroid disorder. When the thyroid gland goes into overdrive, it produces more thyroid hormone which stimulates the central nervous system, and the result is insomnia.
  • Thinning hair- When the thyroid gland secretes less thyroid hormone, it hinders the hair-growth cycle. Hair, especially on the eyebrows start thinning. An imbalance caused by the thyroid hormone stalls the growth of a small portion of the hair while the rest grows. Hair-thinning is one of the signs of an underlying thyroid problem.
  • Changes in the bowel movement– Every part of the body is connected, and the functioning of one affects the other. An underactive thyroid gland secretes less thyroid hormone, which in turn affects the digestive system. A prominent sigh that one suffers from thyroid problem is frequent constipation.
  • Greater appetite and weight loss– An overactive thyroid gland increases the rate of metabolism. This, in turn, increases the person’s appetite and they become ravenous with hunger. Despite eating more than their regular share, they start losing weight. This indicates that the normal functioning of the thyroid gland has been disrupted.
  • Painful and longer period– When the thyroid gland fails to secrete the required number of thyroid hormones, it can affect one’s menstrual cycle. Period tends to become heavier, longer and more painful. When the thyroid hormone produces more hormones, the period becomes lighter and shorter. Either of these conditions isn’t favorable.

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