An estimated 27 million Americans are living with a thyroid condition and they are not even aware of it! Fortunately, thyroid conditions are treatable. They can be tricky to diagnose since the symptoms tend to be subtle and can easily be mistaken for symptoms of other health issues. Here are some of the most common red flags to watch out for.
1. Change In Sleep Patterns
You’ve been a deep sleeper but suddenly you can’t sleep well at night anymore. An overactive thyroid pumps out T3 and T4 hormones in excess, which can overstimulate the central nervous system, leading to insomnia.
2. Anxiety For No Reason
If you’re a person who often stays calm, but is now getting worried and anxious about almost everything easily, you need to check your thyroid levels soon.
3. Change In Bowel Habits
It could be a sign of an underactive thyroid. Frequent constipation is a sign of underactive thyroid glands, while overactive thyroid can make you experience a regular bowel movement.
4. Thinning Of Your Hair
Particularly from your eyebrows. An underactive or overactive thyroid affects your hair growth cycle. While most of your hair grows, a small portion of it rests, making your hair look thinner.
5. Sweating At Random Times
Excessive sweating when you shouldn’t be shows signs of a hyperactive thyroid. Higher than normal hormone levels can rev up your metabolism, making you feel overly warm.
6. A Surprising Weight Gain
If your clothes are getting tighter, and you haven’t changed your eating or exercise habits, your underactive thyroid is to be blamed for this. Lack of hormones decreases metabolism and calorie burning.
7. Sudden Loss Of Weight
If you’re able to squeeze into smaller clothes without any diet or exercise, there are chance that you have an overactive thyroid, which causes increase in the metabolism.
8. Brain Fog
Your brain doesn’t work right when your thyroid isn’t, leading to a brain fog. Subtle loss of memory and overall mental fatigue are some of the signs.
9. A Gush Of Too Much Energy
Your body processes speeds up. You feel like you’ve had too much caffeine even when you’re relaxed.
10. Craving For An Afternoon Nap
You want to take a nap almost everyday. Daytime tiredness could be a sign of underactive thyroid. The body needs thyroid hormones to produce energy.
11. Early And Late Dates
Your periods are never on time, and they become heavier, longer, your thyroid might not be producing enough hormones. But if your periods get lighter, and occur after long gaps, your thyroid is overactive.
12. Infertility Or Miscarriage
Infertility or miscarriage in women who have no family history of such should get a thyroid screening. Low levels of hormone can affect ovulation. A hormone supplementation can be beneficial in this case.