Hypothyroidism: What does it mean to have low thyroid?

Hypothyroidism is the new buzz in the market that is growing at an alarming concern. As per the recent study conducted by Thyroid Society of India, thyroid is affecting every one out of 10 individuals. Women are three times more susceptible to disease as compared to their male counterparts.

Surprisingly, the awareness of this disorder is very low as compared to its growing prevalence. If thyroid is left untreated, then you may experience serious consequences such as infertility, abnormal weight increase, lower metabolism, and fatigue.

Usually, the diagnosis of this disorder is delayed and most women discover their low thyroid levels only when the symptoms show up fully. Thyroid can cause severe concerns if it remains untreated for very long.

A lot of obese women are unable to lose weight because of hypothyroidism and they will never be able to lose weight unless their thyroid levels are checked.

So, here in this post let us understand what thyroid is all about and what does it do to you?

Thyroid Gland

Thyroid is a small butterfly shaped gland which is placed at the bottom of your neck. Its main function is to secrete thyroxine hormone which regulates your body metabolism.

The function of thyroid is to secrete optimum levels of thyroid hormone which is called Thyroxine or T4. ‘Thyroxine’ helps in bone and muscle maintenance, brain development (especially in kids), digestion and body metabolism.

Malfunctioning of Thyroid Gland

Any malfunctioning of thyroid may lead to abnormal level of thyroid secretion in the body. If the secretion is too high then it is called as Hyperthyroidism where as if the secretion is too low then the condition is called as Hypothyroidism.

Hypothyroidism is more common in people these days and there are many factors that contribute towards the development of thyroid.

What does it mean to have a low thyroid?

Having lower levels of Thyroid means:

  • Reduced metabolism: Your carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism is negatively affected and you end up accumulating abnormal levels of each of them in your body. If you have been gaining unexplained weight over the past few months without any major changes in your lifestyle then you need to get yourself checked for Hypothyroidism.
  • Prolonged Constipation
  • Unnecessary depression
  • Dry frizzy hair, dryness in skin and loss of hair
  • Fatigue
  • Hyper-sensitivity to cold
  • Reduced heart rate
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: It refers to pain, tingling sensation, and numbness in the hand. This could be due to pregnancy, prolonged illnesses or due to excessive fat deposition in the body.

Please watch out my next post on how to deal with hypothyroidism by natural means…….

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