Hypothyroidism sufferers feel like their body has slowed down. They experience symptoms like dry skin, fatigue, weight gain, feeling cold, constipation and depression.
Hypothyroidism is a diagnosable and treatable disease of the thyroid gland which is located in the front of the neck. It produces hormones that regulate energy, temperature, mood, and weight. When the thyroid is not producing enough hormones (underactive thyroid), people can experience the hypothyroidism symptoms listed above as well as heavy or irregular periods, poor appetite, trouble with memory, and brittle nails.
Typically, these symptoms develop slowly and can be easily ignored or confused with aging (Healthlink BC, 2017). If you think you are experiencing any of the symptoms of hypothyroidism, speak to your doctor about being tested.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014). HTDS Guide-About Thyroid Disease: Section Summary. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/radiation/hanford/htdsweb/guide/thyroid.htm
Healthlink BC. (2017). Hypothyroidism. Retrieved from https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-topics/hw145667
Thyroid Foundation of Canada. (2014). Health Guides on Thyroid Disease: Hypothyroidism. Retrieved from http://thyroid.ca/resource-material/information-on-thyroid-disease/hypothyroidism/