The thyroid is the “master gland” of the body, influencing the function of many of our most important organs, including the heart, brain, liver, kidneys and skin. Yet, more than half of all people affected by thyroid disease are unaware of the cause of their problems. Individuals with low levels of thyroid hormones (hypothyroidism) may have several of the following symptoms, but may not be diagnosed for years:
Slowed metabolism and slowed heart rate
Cold and heat intolerance – cold hands and feet
Fluid retention – face, legs, eyelids and abdomen
Dry skin, eyes and/or hair
Loss of eyebrows
Depression, apathy and anxiety
Irritability – low self esteem
Low sexual desire
Memory and concentration impairment
Enlarged tongue, deep voice and swollen neck
PMS, Irregular menstrual periods
Lack of exercise tolerance
Weight gain (especially in the stomach)
Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
Women are more vulnerable to thyroid imbalances due to hormonal changes throughout their lifetime (puberty, birth control pills, pregnancy, menopause, HRT). Many symptoms of hypothyroidism and menopause overlap. It is especially important for menopausal women who decide to use hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to have their thyroid function tested, because oral estrogens can lower the amount of bioavailable thyroid hormone.
Our pharmacists will work together with you and your doctor to restore thyroid health and proper function.
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