Thyroid Symptoms in Women

November 12, 2012

Thyroid Symptoms in Women

The thyroid is a small flat organ wrapped around your throat just behind and below the Adam’s Apple. This small gland produces two main hormones known as triiodothyronine (T3) and Thyroxine (T4). These hormones are important in controlling metabolism by helping oxygen get into your cells that is needed to make ATP the energy currency of the cell. The thyroid requires the element iodine to make these hormones which you can get from foods you eat, iodized salt and supplements.

There are two forms of malfunctions that can occur in the thyroid known as hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Malfunctions of the thyroid is seven times more common in women than men. Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid is under active and produces little hormone and hyperthyroidism is when the thyroid is over active and produces to much thyroid hormones. Not enough hormone causes your body to slow down and too much hormone causes your body to run faster.

Hypothyroidism becomes more common in women as they age and certain symptoms are associated with a metabolic slow down. A metabolic slow down presents itself with feeling chilled, weight gain and fatigue. Weight can lead to high cholesterol levels and increase your probability for heart attack and stroke. These symptoms quite often take time to manifest and because they occur over a period of time may not be realized early on. Other symptoms associated with hypothyroidism include: constipation, fluid retention, depression, decrease in libido and possible infertility. If you are experiencing these symptoms, it is best to make an appointment with your healthcare provider for a checkup. A simple blood test is required and therapy requires hormone replacement with thyroid hormone. You’ll need to take this hormone for the rest of your life along with an appropriate diet. This should increase your energy levels and help you to lose weight.

Some of the common causes of thyroid symptoms in women particularly hypothyroidism is improper diet such as processed foods, lack of dietary iodine, excess caffeine, processed sugar and alcohol. Other culprits include fluoridated water, excessive radiation and pesticides. Thyroid symptoms in women are often observed in females between the ages of thirty and fifty paralleling changes in female hormones.

Thyroid symptoms in women can be combated with certain supplements. Some females take kelp which has a high concentration of iodine, vitamin A, B1, B2, D, E and amino acids. You can also take L-Tyrosine, an amino acid, that is the precursor molecule to the thyroid hormone. Both of these supplements will boost the level of thyroid hormone you make.

Thyroid symptoms in women can also be caused with estrogen and progesterone imbalances. This is common in women going through menopause and pregnancy. If you have higher levels of estrogen than progesterone, this can trigger an under-active thyroid state. Progesterone supplementation should bring your system back into balance.

If you are experiencing general fatigue, getting cold easily and unusual weight gain, you may have hypothyroidism. The best way to know is to have a blood test done and get a proper diagnosis. Hypothyroidism is easy to correct and can be done with pharmaceuticals, diet, nutriceuticals and/or botanicals. The choice is yours.

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