It is astonishing that so many health problems can be caused by a thyroid gland that is out balance. Listed below are just some highlights of the wide variety of things that can go wrong if the thyroid is not doing its job properly. Even that short list gives my interview this week with Bill Sardi much greater importance.
The thyroid system is very complex, and the testing can be misleading. That is why many doctors who practice integrative or natural medicine think that signs and symptoms are a better guide to thyroid function than lab tests. I encourage everyone to complete this thyroid quiz. That will give a more complete idea if it might be smart to look into thyroid as a potential problem. The following list gives an at least an indication of the many areas of health that might be affected by an under active thyroid:
- Low body temperature routinely
- Weight Gain (no obvious explanation)
- Water retention (e.g. puffy eye lids)
- Mental confusion
- High Cholesterol
- High Blood Pressure
- Thinning hair (including eyebrows and pubic hair)
- Dry or coarse skin and brittle nails
- Headaches including migraine
- Acid reflux
- Infertility and menstrual irregularities
- Loss of sex drive
Obviously, there is a drug designed to modify virtually all the symptoms on that list. But, doesn’t it make a lot more sense to address the thyroid malfunction? And better yet, solve the root cause of the thyroid disorder?