Hypothyroidism occurs when you have low levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and it can affect both women and men. Thyroid disorders are common but many times they are under-diagnosed and under treated. TSH stands for the Thyroid-stimulating hormone, a pituitary hormone that stimulates the production of thyroxine through the thyroid gland and triiodothyronine which stimulates the metabolism of almost all the tissues that are in your body.
Hypothyroidism can affect the amount of thyroid hormones the thyroid gland produces which can result in weight gain, increase in body fat, excessive tiredness, muscle weakness, trouble concentrating, feeling depressed, joint aches, irregular menstrual cycles, a higher sensitivity to the cold, dry skin, hair loss, constipation and mood swings.
Common Symptoms of Hypothyroidism:
- Weight gain, slow metabolism and increased Body fat
- Trouble losing weight
- Fatigue, low energy and muscle weakness
- Forgetfulness and fogginess
- Cold hands and feet
- Feeling depressed and mood swings
- Hair loss, brittle nails and dry skin
Your Thyroid function can be easily compromised by hormonal imbalance, adrenal fatigue, insufficient nutrition, high inflammatory diet, stress and medications. We have found that many people have a hard time losing weight or gaining energy if their thyroid function is compromised. Many people have symptoms of hypothyroidism but find that their symptoms are overlooked if their lab results for TSH are “within normal limits”. The majority of these people could be suffering from what is known in functional medicine as subclinical hypothyroidism and as time goes by, if left untreated, they will find that their conditions can get worse.