Feeling tired is a normal part of life, but consistent low energy and fatigue may be indicative of a broader health issue. If you find yourself constantly asking “Why am I so tired?” a simple thyroid test may be able to provide answers.

Despite being a small gland located in the neck, the thyroid plays a big role in controlling and regulating the body’s metabolism. When a thyroid is underactive and not producing sufficient hormones, your body’s metabolism slows down making you feel low in energy and fatigued.

This condition is known as hypothyroidism and hypothyroidism symptoms often go unrecognized, getting mistakenly attributed to aging.

If you feel constantly fatigued, you should consult with your doctor and arrange a thyroid test.

References

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/

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