Thyroid issues can impact both men and women but are more common in women than men. Statistics say that around thirty million people in the United States are victims of thyroid conditions with half of those suffering with no diagnosis of the problem. The thyroid, is a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck that can have a dramatic impact on a variety of bodily functions, according to Health.com.
Some of the tell-tale signs of an under or over active thyroid consist of exhaustion, depression, anxiousness, a skewed sense of taste and smell, and unpredictable bowels. There are other signs as well, and a more complete list can be found at http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20723100,00.html .
The thyroid produces Thyroid Hormone (TH), which regulates body temperature, metabolism, and heartbeat, among other things. A thyroid disease can be diagnosed if the thyroid is under or over active. If it is under active, it is not producing enough TH, and an over active thyroid produces too much TH. Some common causes of thyroid issues include genetics, an autoimmune attack, pregnancy, stress, and nutritional deficiencies, according to Health.com.
Because the thyroid effects so many areas of the body, it is difficult to diagnose issues with its functioning. However, if you are struggling with any of the symptoms outlined on the Health.com website, schedule an appointment with your doctor to have your thyroid checked.