The thyroid is the most commonly heard problem now a day’s, especially in women. Thyroid cases are rapidly increasing and the nightmare is that most of the women don’t know that they have thyroid and it is being the most under-diagnosed health issue. Though thyroid is also seen in men but is more common in women. Women with thyroid endure early warning signs like irregular menstruation, insomnia, hair thinning, weight gain and many others. Thyroid works as the major risk factor for infertility. Knowing about the thyroid, its symptoms and causes help to control this condition to some extent.
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Thyroid basically is a butterfly-shaped endocrine gland which controls major key functions in our body like our metabolism, growth and development and many others by producing thyroid hormones. The thyroid gland produces hormones named are thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) which helps all the cells in our body to work properly and also helps in growth and development of brain, hair, and bones, maintains body weight, regulating body temperature and energy levels. Any abnormalities in the production and level of these two thyroid hormones or thyroid gland lead to thyroid disorders.
Types of Thyroid disorders
There are different types of thyroid disorders namely
- Hyperthyroidism- Excess production of thyroid hormones is treated as Hyperthyroidism.
- Hypothyroidism- Lack of enough thyroid hormones or when the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormones, it is treated as Hypothyroidism.
- Goiter- Enlargement of the thyroid gland is termed as Goiter.
- Thyroid Nodules- Presence of lumps in the thyroid gland is termed as thyroid nodules.
- Thyroiditis or Acute infectious thyroiditis (AIT) – inflammation or swelling of the thyroid gland due to bacterial infection is termed as thyroiditis.
- Thyroid cancer
Causes of Thyroid disorders
Several factors can trigger thyroid disorders starting from our lifestyle, to eating habits to few health conditions. Below I have mentioned a few common causes of thyroid disorders
- Iodine deficiency
- Malfunctioning of the pituitary gland
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
- Graves disease
- Toxic adenomas
- Loss of thyroid tissue
Along with the above causes, few other factors like aging, hormonal imbalance, diabetes, and gender (being women) acts as risk factors for thyroid disorders.
Symptoms of Thyroid disorders
Symptoms of thyroid disorders differ for each type of thyroid disorders.
Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism
- Weight loss
- Fast heartbeat
- Weakness and nervousness
- Lack of concentration
- Excess sweating
- Frequent bowel movements
- Heat intolerance
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
- Weight gain
- Dry skin
- Fluid retention
- Puffy face
- Heavy menstruation
- Hair loss
- Getting tired easily
Symptoms of Goiter
In severe cases of goiter, people face difficulty swallowing due to the swollen thyroid gland, increased pressure in throat and coughing.
Symptoms of Thyroid Nodules
If the nodules grow big, they lead to difficulty in breathing and swallowing.
How homeopathy treatment control Thyroid disorders
Homeopathy treatment for Thyroid disorders is highly recommended, as unlike other conventional treatments, it does not include lifelong medication for thyroid. Homeopathy uses natural remedies which are effective and at the same time works by regularising the production of thyroid hormones and the functioning of the thyroid gland. These homeopathic remedies for thyroid are safe and free from side effects as they are made of using natural substances.