Thyroid Imbalances
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Thyroid Imbalances

Hormones are secreted directly into the blood stream. They are responsible for carrying chemical messages to body organs for them to perform their functions well. There are many different types of hormones secreted by various glands, such as pineal, pituitary and thyroid glands. Thyroid gland is the master gland of human body. This gland produces an assortment of hormones which are responsible to keep the human body functioning at optimal levels. These hormones can affect mood, energy level, and even weight of an individual.

This article discusses several thyroid conditions and explains why these imbalances occur.

What Are Some Types of Thyroid Conditions?

There are two types of thyroid conditions which can affect you:

• Hyperthyroidism: increased activity of thyroid gland

• Hypothyroidism: decreased activity of thyroid gland


When thyroid gland produces too much hormones, the body uses energy at a faster rate than it should. Symptoms of an overactive thyroid include:

• Inability to tolerate heat

• Muscle weakness or tremors

• Weight loss

• Enlarged thyroid gland

• Sleep disturbances

• Irritability or nervousness

• Infrequent, scant menstrual periods

• Vision problems or eye irritation


In case of scanty amount of hormones being produced, the body uses energy at a slower rate than it should. Symptoms of hypothyroidism include:

• Fatigue

• Hoarse voice

• Frequent, heavy menstrual periods

• Forgetfulness

• Enlargement of the thyroid gland (goiter)

• Dry, coarse skin and hair

• Inability to tolerate cold

• Weight gain

Other symptoms may include irritability and sleep problems. Please note that some of these symptoms may also indicate depression.

What Causes Thyroid Disease?

Currently, about 20 million Americans suffer from thyroid imbalance. People of all ages and ethnicities can be affected by thyroid disease. Women are eight times more prone to thyroid imbalances than men.

Thyroid disease is a can also occur in newborn babies as well. Some babies are born with non-functioning thyroid gland. This means that such babies are going to face thyroid diseases from an early age.

Thyroid imbalance can be a result of:

• Inflammation of thyroid gland

• Hereditary thyroid disease

• Post partum thyroiditis

• As a result of drug reaction

• Iodine deficiency

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