Hypothyroid treatments for women can be helpful in many regards. Increasingly over the years more and more women are suffering from illnesses related to hypothyroidism. The thyroid is a gland in both men and women that is often described as having a wing-like butterfly shape. It is rather easy to locate the thyroid. It can be found on the lower anterior portion of one’s neck (cervical spine) just slightly above the collar bone and below your larynx.
The thyroid’s essential functions are directly linked with the production of hormones and the overall control of one’s metabolism. These vital functions are essential to overall health, energy, hormones, as well as a balanced life. If the body is unable to facilitate hormone distribution many signs and symptoms can be easily addressed and/or treated by medical professionals.
It is important to check your hormone levels as some people, especially women, face conditions that often strongly correlate with a deficiency related to thyroid production. During an exam with a licensed medical professional, it is common that your doctor will locate the thyroid and check for inflammation as well as lumps.
What is Hypothyroidism?
One of the most pressing issues related to the thyroid is coined “Hypothyroidism.” Hypothyroidism is a disease that affects roughly 20 million Americans. What’s interesting about this statistic and what makes it so unique is that roughly 60 percent of people are unaware that they are suffering from this specific condition.
Hypothyroidism can be described more accurately as a condition in which the thyroid gland is unable to produce adequate amounts of hormones. The thyroids main purpose is to support and or distribute hormones to facilitate one’s metabolism. When someone is suffering from hypothyroidism, it is of the utmost importance that medical treatment is strongly considered.
Many people suffering from Hypothyroidism either are unaware and or choose to not seek medical treatment. This is strongly discouraged from a medical standpoint. If left untreated, Hypothyroidism can lead to several more severe medical conditions. Some of these conditions include:
- Heart problems
- Central nervous system damage
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
There are various signs and symptoms that can be associated with Hypothyroidism. One of the first indicators of hormone/metabolism issues, as it relates to hypothyroidism, is fatigue. However, as the workplace continues to demand more and more, a growing number of people are suffering from fatigue like symptoms every day.
According to Hypothyroid Mom, a common way to assess if you are suffering from hypothyroidism is to check your hands and fingers. While checking your nails, it is important to take note of brittle nails and dry skin. As a secondary measurement to assess hypothyroidism is to take note of thinning and or complete loss of hair. The image below references some but not all issues associated with hypothyroidism.
Top issues affecting Women
- Hair Loss
- Feeling Cold
- Weight Gain
- Yellow Skin
- Dry Skin/ Brittle Nails
- Poor concentration
Before we discuss why women are subject to higher diagnosis for hypothyroidism, we must first discuss the role and importance of what is known as Graves’ Disease. Graves’ disease is an autoimmune condition in which swelling of the neck and eyes is linked to an overactive thyroid. According to MedicalNewsToday, Graves’ disease is the most common cause of Hypothyroidism in women. It is estimated to impact the lives of 2-3 percent of the world’s population.
The American Thyroid Association, states clearly that statistical evidence supports that 1 in 8 American females will suffer from hypothyroidism. Furthermore, this association claims that women are 5 to 8 times more likely to develop thyroid disorders. Interestingly enough, the American Thyroid Association doesn’t claim to really understand why women are subjected to this increased risk.
According to Dr. Avinash Phadke, President & Mentor Clinical Pathology, SRL Diagnostics, “Scientists have not been able to understand why women are more prone than men to thyroid problems, but it is suspected that the development of thyroidism and its variants is linked to autoimmunity which is more commonly found in women than men.”
Another interesting fact is that Hypothyroid can lead to Hashimotos, which is also known as an autoimmune disease. This disease will attack the thyroid gland from your immune system, which makes antibodies. The swelling from Hashimoto’s disease, also known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, often leads to an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism). Hashimoto’s disease is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. It primarily affects middle-aged women but also can occur in men and women of any age and in children.
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