How To Look Younger For Longer | Part 2 | Thyroid Function
Women are more likely than men to have a thyroid disorder.
Hyperthyroidism (An overactive thyroid) for example, is 8 times more common in women than in men.
Hypothyroidism (An underactive thyroid) occurs when your thyroid doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormones. It is more common in those who are older and again, women are more likely to be affected than men.
So just what is “A Thyroid Gland” and how does it affect your health, wellbeing & beauty.
The thyroid is an endocrine gland. This means it secretes hormones into your bloodstream. It is located in the neck, in front of your windpipe and is about the size of a small plum (2cm wide and 4cm high). It is controlled by the pituitary gland (another endocrine gland) which lies at the base of the brain. The pituitary gland is also known as the “master gland” and responds to signals from a part of the brain called the hypothalamus to which it is linked.
The thyroid gland makes two hormones: Thyroxine (T4) & Triiodothyronine (T3). Together, these hormones regulate your body’s growth and metabolism.
The production of these hormones is controlled by another hormone called thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) which is made by the pituitary gland.
If the thyroid gland is not working properly, bones, nerves and other tissues will suffer.
DO YOU HAVE AN UNDERACTIVE THYROID?
The Symptoms Include: -
. Weight gain
. Dry, coarse, thinning hair
. Brittle nails
. Sallow skin
. Forgetfulness | Mental sluggishness
. A lack of energy and a constant feeling of tiredness
. Scanty or irregular periods
. An increased sensitivity to cold
WHO IS AT RISK?
Because iodine in the diet is essential to the manufacture of thyroid hormones, shortage of it is the most common reason why people develop hypothyroidism.
WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR
Hypothyroidism usually develops gradually and symptoms are often mild at first; so mild infact that you may not even notice them. This is called subclinical hypothyroidism.
In its severe form, it is known as myxoedema, and can lead to coma. But this occurs very rarely and only when hypothyroidism is left untreated.
STAYING ON TOP OF THINGS
Routine screening is sometimes given after menopause to measure the levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). Inadequate amounts of TSH, indicates that the thyroid is overactive, too much indicates that it is underactive.
DO YOU HAVE AN OVERACTIVE THYROID?
Symptoms of an Overactive thyroid include:-
. Hair loss | Thinning Hair
. Continuous Sweating | & | Feeling hot more than usual
. Anxiety | Nervousness
. Restlessness | Insomnia
. Weight loss despite having a good appetite
. Palpitations and a racing heartbeat
. Trembling hands
. Bulging eyes
WHO’S AT RISK OF AN OVERACTIVE THYROID?
Hyperthyroidism is more common in women. About 1 in 100 women and 1 in 1,000 men develop hyperthyroidism at some stage of their life.
The causes of hyperthyroidism can be congenital, or caused by previous thyroid treatment, or by some drugs.
Graves’ disease causes the disorder in around 80 percent of people. It can affect anyone but is most common in women aged between 20 to 40 years. Graves’ is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s own antibodies attack the thyroid gland, stimulating it to release excess amounts of the hormone Thyroxine; which results in the speeding up of the metabolic rate.
Women of 60 & Over
Women over the age of 60 are more likely than men to develop a “Goitre” (enlarged thyroid gland) as a result of hyperthyroidism.
In summary; if you think that you have any of the symptoms mentioned in this post please schedule a blood test through your doctor to investigate possible causes including, Thyroid Malfunction. Your Thyroid plays a major role in how you look and feel as you get older so make sure you stay on top of things to sustain Looking Younger | & | Healthier | For Longer as you age.
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