When your thyroid malfunctions, every cell in your body suffers. And even though at least half of all Americans have thyroid problems, and these issues may be a primary cause of heart disease, most doctors can’t even recognize them.
Want to know why the diagnosis of low-thyroid state is so commonly missed? Well, in part, there is such a huge diversity of related symptoms that only a very few physicians trained in this area can recognize the condition.
A hypothyroid diagnosis is best made from observing a low basal body temperature and symptoms of hypothyroidism. To do the basal body temperature test, simply use a thermometer to check your axillary (armpit) temperature while lying in bed for 10 minutes before you get up in the morning. Take at least three morning readings. For women, the best times are days 2, 3 and 4 of menstrual flow if you are menstruating. If your temperature is consistently below the range of 97.8 – 98.2 °F, then it is nearly certain you are thyroid deficient.
The infographic above lists seven signs of thyroid problems. But for more information on identifying, treating or avoiding thyroid problems, check out the articles listed below:
Iodine shortage to blame for your thyroid woes?
My first acquaintance with iodine was as a rambunctious little kid who was no stranger to cuts and scrapes. Much later I learned that iodine works magic in your body, and what happens when you don’t have enough.
Know the signs of thyroid problems
Thyroid problems, such as hypothyroidism, can cause several health issues related to metabolism, mood and energy levels, as well as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Thyroid Disease, Part I
The thyroid gland was never built to endure today’s polluted environment. But your health depends heavily on the thyroid to maintain personal energy, control weight, boost mood and keep your immunity working. If you always feel just a little bit off, your thyroid may be sputtering. Here’s what you need to know about this important gland that your doctor probably doesn’t even understand.
Low thyroid function causes high health risks
Your thyroid hormones are important for numerous functions in the body, and several chronic health conditions can be improved — which most people have no clue are even related — by treating low thyroid hormone function.
The reasons your doctor may miss your thyroid issues
When your thyroid functions properly, your health blossoms. But you have to know what to do if it falters or it becomes too active. Otherwise, serious illness can complicate your life.
The right way to tackle thyroid issues
If you have thyroid issues, the average doctor won’t provide much valuable help. What you need is a doctor who understands the nuances of thyroid function and why natural hormone replacement is superior. Learn how to find the right physician and what he should be offering you.
Natural protection for your thyroid
Even though we don’t think about it often, the thyroid gland plays numerous critical roles in health and illness. Thyroid hormones influence metabolism, growth and development, hormone balance, body temperature, protein synthesis, calcium absorption and more. Furthermore, new research suggests that thyroid problems may play a role in the development of autism.