13 Apr Low Energy, Sadness, Weight Gain, Constipation || Do you have Hypothyroid?
I know, I know, these are extremely vague symptoms. Nearly every woman can identify with these descriptors. We shouldn’t have to though! Checking in with your doctor about your thyroid could be the first step in finding the root cause!
Have you checked your thyroid recently?
Basic thyroid labs and physical exams should be checked at least once per year since the values can change with fluctuations in other hormones and life stressors. Thyroid autoantibodies should also be checked periodically depending on your doctors preference in order to evaluate for autoimmune thyroid diseases like Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Graves’ Disease.
Persistent low energy, sadness, weight gain and constipation are a few of the most common symptoms that patients come into the clinic with. These symptoms are terribly frustrating and women have a difficult time remedying them on their own. More often than not, their thyroid is imbalanced and treating the thyroid can lead to lasting reversal of these symptoms.
That’s not to say these symptoms are not related to other conditions or causes. But, it is important to check all areas, including the thyroid, in order to best approach your health.
Why do so many people have hypothyroidism?
You may know other people with hypothyroidism (or slow/low thyroid). It may seem to be extremely common. I have patients ask me, “is everyone hypothyroid”? It’s true, more people have a thyroid imbalance these days. You may ask why, and honestly, research doesn’t have an exact answer.
However, astute clinicians (doctors) and scientists have observed that as our world develops, we are exposed to more and more hormone disruptors. For example, plastics are a very common hormone disruptor found everywhere you look. What this means is there are more external influences changing how much and how exactly our hormones like thyroid and the sex hormones (estrogen, testosterone, etc) are produced.
So, if you’re wondering about any one or couple of these symptoms and have not checked your thyroid in a while, it may be a good idea to get some simple labs done!