The thyroid gland is located in the front portion of the neck below the thyroid cartilage, also known as Adam’s apple. The thyroid gland affects almost every process of your body. Thyroid gland produces thyroid hormones which are responsible for regulation of metabolism as well as for determining how fast/slow your heart, brain, liver and other organs of the body work at the time.
So, here are these noted points you need to remember for your thyroid –
I. Thyroid issues are common in women than in men
Women are six times more prone to get diagnosed with thyroid than men. But, still this remains as a mystery. Every doctor have different views on this. Many explains that thyroid cells are more sensitive to the effects of female sex hormone – estrogen. The reason explained is – hypo/hyperthyroidism are linked to autoimmune diseases and women are prone to these disorders.
II. Be aware about the symptoms
Hypo/hyperthyroidism are less likely to be detectable because they tend to be unclear and more common to other diseases. But, still there are signs that could be noticed easily and if you detect them, do contact your doctor for having a thyroid test.
Hypothyroidism leads to forgetfulness, constipation, dry skin and hair, sudden weight gain, irregular/heavier menstrual flow, swelling on face, increased rate of sensitivity to cold.
Hyperthyroidism leads to insomnia, increased heartbeat, sudden weight loss, less/lighter menstrual flow, irritability, shaky hands, bulging eyes.
III. You must not blame thyroid for everything
Generally in women, weight concern is much more than anything. Gaining/loosing weight is one of the factor of thyroid but, is not the only factor. Weight gain or lose depends upon your lifestyle. It depends on the kind of food you eat or how many hours of sleep you take.
IV. Thyroid supplements are risky
There are many organisation offering Thyroid Support offers but, don’t believe them. They are blinding you by their smart marketing strategies. Often, these supplements lead to many dangerous side effects which can lead you to arrhythmias and problems related to your bones.
V. Don’t be scared of thyroid cancer
Nowadays, many women get scans of their neck, head or chest to detect other health related diseases and often the thyroid cancer goes unnoticed. Experts says that most of these cancer don’t require a treatment because they either grow slowly or not at all. And, even if the thyroid cancer got noticed, one should not be in hurry to get a surgery as it increases the risk.
VI. Detect thyroid by yourself
There is a simple test from American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists to let you detect the signs of thyroid.
- Through the mirror, look at the lower front area of your neck i.e., above collarbones and below voice box.
- Take a sip of water while laying your head back.
- If you notice a lump or a bulge in that area. Do contact your doctor. Maybe, it would be an enlarged thyroid nodule.