Weight Gain, Hot Flashes, Fatigue: Is Your Thyroid to Blame? by Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP
Your thyroid is small, but it plays a critical role in regulating metabolism, heart rate and body temperature. Women are five to eight times as likely to have thyroid problems, and one in eight will develop a thyroid disorder, but thyroid problems can mask as just signs of aging. Roughly 20 million people have a thyroid disorder, and well over half have no idea. Here’s what to look for:
- Racing heartbeat.
- Sweating or increased sensitivity to cold.
- Inexplicable weight loss or gain.
- Trouble concentrating.
- Changes in appetite.
If you’re having symptoms – even vague complaints like fatigue or weight fluctuations – see your health-care provider for an evaluation. A thyroid hormone test can help get to the bottom of your health issues, and treatment can alleviate symptoms. To learn more, visit WeChooseNPs.org.
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