Thyroid disorders are common. Studies have shown that over 12% of people experience thyroid problems at some point.’
The likelihood of women developing a thyroid condition is eight times higher than a man. At the fundamental level, your thyroid hormone helps regulate growth, energy, and metabolism in the body.
A person may experience health problems if the thyroid hormone levels are too high or too low. Such issues include slow metabolism and decreased growth of many parts of the body.
The thyroid is a small gland and has the shape of a butterfly. It drapes across the front of your esophagus (windpipe).
You can feel your thyroid gland when you place your fingers on the sides of your Adam’s apple. Likewise, it slides down your fingers when you swallow.
The thyroid gland produces and secretes the thyroid hormone. The thyroid hormone regulates the growth and metabolism of almost every part of your body.
The pituitary gland monitors your body’s physiology and releases thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). TSH signals your thyroid gland’s release of thyroid hormone (1).
Sometimes, your TSH levels may increase, but the thyroid cannot release more thyroid hormone in response. This condition is referred to as primary hypothyroidism because the problem begins at the level of the thyroid gland.
In other cases, TSH levels fall, and the thyroid does not receive any signal to increase the levels of thyroid hormone. This is referred to as secondary hypothyroidism.
Hypothyroidism has many signs and symptoms. This article explains how you can identify the signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism.
Seven early warning signs of hypothyroidism
Loss of the outer part of the eyebrows
· Thinning, dry hair
· Decreased cold tolerance