January is Thyroid Awareness Month. The thyroid is a small hormone-secreting organ in the neck that helps regulate the body’s metabolic needs. When the thyroid isn’t producing enough hormone the body slows all of its functions, a condition known as hypothyroidism. Alternatively, an overactive thyroid could produce too much hormone sending the body’s systems into overdrive causing a condition called hyperthyroidism.
Your thyroid’s function is incredibly important to many of the body’s systems, including heart, brain, liver, kidneys, and skin. If something is wrong with the thyroid there are a wide variety of symptoms that may occur. Hypothyroidism often presents with pervasive fatigue, depression, weight gain, fluid retention, brittle hair/nails, dry/itchy skin, muscle pain/stiffness, slow pulse, sensitivity to cold or certain medications, and excessive or irregular menstrual bleeding. Symptoms vary from person to person.
Hyperthyroidism can present with high heart rate, anxiety or irritability, trembling