Normal Aging or Hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism means the thyroid gland is not producing enough of the hormone that helps your body convert energy. As a result, sufferers may feel sluggish, tired, or weak a lot of the time.

But aside from making people overly sleepy, an under active thyroid reduces the level of efficiency at which the major organs and muscles work, slowing down body processes, including the digestive and reproductive systems.  This can result in unexplained weight gain, irregular menstrual cycles and fertility issues, and depression.

Other symptoms of hypothyroidism include:

  • memory and concentration problems
  • constipation
  • sensitivity to cold
  • slow heart rate
  • low blood pressure and
  • thin, brittle fingernails and hair

Because these symptoms tend to come on slowly and primarily affect older individuals, with women over 60 being the most susceptible, many patients mistake it for normal aging and don’t realize that treatment is possible.

There are several causes of hypothyroidism including a genetic predisposition, Hashimoto’s Disease, where the body’s own immune system attacks the thyroid, radiation therapy for cancer treatment, and less often, viral infections and medication reactions.  Diagnosis is done by taking your medical history and conducting a physical exam and confirmed by a simple blood test.

Patients experiencing symptoms of hypothyroidism, whether they are newly noticed or worsening, should consult a medical professional like Infinity Wellness Center for support options. Natural hormone balancing can be a pivotal step in achieving a healthy thyroid hormone balance. By choosing natural hypothyroidism balance in Austin, you are taking the first step in the right direction to achieving this balance.

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