How Your thyroid can make you sick, tired and overweight – by Mark Hyman MD
Are you one of the 30 million women and 15 million men who have a chronic medical problem that is both under-diagnosed and under-treated?
Are you suffering from vague symptoms that you think are normal parts of life, such as fatigue, feeling sluggish in the morning, and having trouble with your memory, concentration, or focus?
Do you have dry skin or fluid retention?
Is your sex drive not what it used to be?
Are your hands and feet cold all the time?
Is your hair thinning, your voice a little hoarse, your fingernails a little thick?
Is your cholesterol high?
Do you have trouble losing weight or have you gained weight recently?
Are you suffering from depression or anxiety?
Do you have really bad PMS or trouble getting pregnant?
Do you have muscle cramps and muscle pain or weakness?
Most of these symptoms aren't severe enough to send you to the emergency room, but they do significantly affect your quality of life.
And most of us accept them as a normal part of our lives without really questioning them.
If you do go to see your doctor, he or she probably shrugs it off.
Yes, doctors are experts in acute illness. But they often fail miserably when it comes to addressing subtle changes in your body that affect the quality of your life.
According to conventional medicine, low sex drive is not necessarily a disease. Neither is a little dry skin or constipation or being tired most of the day.
But for you, those problems are significant.
So what causes them?
Often, they're caused by a condition that goes undiagnosed in half of the 45 million people who have it.
It's called hypothyroidism.