Underactive Thyroid? Here’s What To Look For
Wellness March 14, 2023 Hannah Lamarque
Your thyroid is responsible for producing a hormone that is so wrapped up in the healthy functioning of your body, were it to stop working, things could start to go awry. As well as controlling your metabolism, the thyroid hormone keeps your heart beating, maintains your body temperature and ensures your mood is steady. That’s not to be sniffed at. If yours starts going wrong, then, your body can pay the consequences and if you’re not sure about what you should be looking for, let this be your guide.
- You Constantly Feel Tired
Exhaustion can come about for a number of reasons but if you lead a consistently healthy lifestyle, there might be bigger problems at play. Persistent feelings of tiredness could point to the fact that your thyroid is ceasing to function properly and your levels of the hormone it produces are dangerously low. If you just can’t get up the energy to do anything, and aren’t ill or stressed, go and see your doctor; you don’t know the difference it might make.
- You’ve Put On Weight
Weight naturally fluctuates but if you’ve suddenly piled on the pounds with no change to your lifestyle, it could be worth giving your thyroid a check over. Controlling your metabolism, your thyroid ensures that your body is able to convert the food that you eat into usable energy. When it becomes underactive, the energy you do take in won’t be used up as efficiently, causing you to gain weight and feel more sluggish, too.
- You Can’t Get Warm
Constantly feeling the cold? Your thyroid could have something to do with that. An inability to get warm might be harmless but if you’re suffering from constant cold, try having your thyroid checked out. The less efficiently your body can use energy, the less heat that will be produced as a result. Don’t suffer in silence; get your body checked over and ensure your good health.