Twenty-five million Americans are living with thyroid diseases today. Of these twenty-five million, about 50% don’t realize they have a thyroid disease. Additionally, most of these sufferers are women.
Autoimmune thyroid diseases are extremely common and account for 90% of all hypothyroidism is in the US. The most common autoimmune thyroid disease is called Hashimoto’s. However, hypothyroidism isn’t the only thyroid problem you could have. Let’s discuss the three types of thyroid problems.
3 Types Of Thyroid Diseases
- Hypothyroidism: The under-functioning of the thyroid gland. This means that energy and metabolism are low.
- Hyperthyroidism: The over-functioning of the thyroid gland. In this case, your metabolism is running on overdrive.
- Autoimmune thyroid diseases: This includes both Hashimoto’s disease, when the thyroid is underactive, and Graves disease, when it’s overactive.
If you’re beginning to suspect one of these thyroid problems as the culprit of your health issues, there are 10 signs you should be on the lookout for.
10 Symptoms of a Thyroid Disease
- Weight fluctuations
- Energy issues
- Mood swings
- Sleep issues
- Increase in appetite or decrease
- Slow or fast digestion
- Fertility/ Menstrual cycles
- Body temperature is too hot or too cold
- Joint pain
- High cholesterol (even with a healthy diet)
If you have these symptoms, it is crucial for your overall health that you identify whether or not you have a thyroid problem. Thyroid trouble can be a sneaky issue that affects many different aspects of your health, especially if it is untreated. If you need a personalized approach to health that considers underlying causes, contact our office.