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What’s just below your Adam’s apple, is shaped like a butterfly, and weighs 15g? Answer: your thyroid gland. And as anyone who’s been diagnosed with a thyroid condition knows, it’s vital for your health.
‘Your thyroid makes hormones that help to regulate your heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and the speed at which your body turns the food you eat into energy,’ says Lyn Mynott, chair of Thyroid UK (www.thyroiduk.org). In other words, your thyroid controls the way in which every cell in your body works – and if something goes wrong with it, it can have a big impact on your health.
If your thyroid doesn’t make enough hormones – known as hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid – your body’s processes, including your metabolism, slow down. Symptoms include constipation, dry skin, bouts of low mood and feeling tired all the time. You could also find it hard to lose weight, even when you’re eating healthily.
On the other hand, if your thyroid is making too many hormones, it can send your body into overdrive, causing you to sweat a lot and feel anxious and irritable. Known as hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroid, this may cause you to lose weight, despite eating plenty. Both conditions can be tricky to identify, as many of the symptoms are also common signs of other health problems, so if you’re at all concerned it’s important to see your GP. A blood test will help determine whether your thyroid is affecting your weight and energy levels, and the correct treatment can be prescribed.
An underactive thyroid can be controlled with a drug called thyroxine. This shouldn’t have any side effects as it simply replaces the hormone that your body isn’t making itself. If you’re Food Optimising, then once your hormone levels have stabilised, there’s no reason why you still shouldn’t lose weight.
Overactive thyroid problems tend to come in bouts, or can even be just a one-off. There are several treatments for the condition, including anti-thyroid drugs, such as carbimazole. These drugs reduce the amount of hormones made by your thyroid gland. For most people, this is enough, but occasionally a stronger treatment or surgery might be required.
Around one in 20 people in the UK have a thyroid problem and, although the condition is most common in women over 40, it’s something that can affect anybody at any age.
There is no cure for an underactive thyroid. It is, though, relatively easy to control if you work with your GP, take your medication and follow a healthy lifestyle.
5 ways to keep your thyroid healthy
BALANCE YOUR DIET
‘Healthy eating is extremely important,’ says Lyn Mynott, of Thyroid UK. ‘Your body needs a wide range of vitamins and minerals from fruit and vegetables, protein and wholegrains to make the hormone thyroxine. Eating well will help to keep your body in balance.’ If you’re Food Optimising, you can rest assured that you’re able to get the right balance of vitamins and minerals if you choose a varied diet.
'Stress can exacerbate existing underlying thyroid problems and is closely linked to Graves' Disease', says Lyn. Yoga is a great stress-buster, and scientists from Boston University have found that it can also help ease symptoms of depression, which often goes hand in hand with an underactive thyroid.
WORK WITH YOUR GP
See your doctor regularly to make sure you’re on the correct strength medication. If you have an underactive thyroid, you’ll start off with a low dose, and will need blood tests every couple of months to make sure the level is right. This is important if you’re planning on getting pregnant.
‘Thyroid problems can affect fertility and your baby’s health if they’re not carefully monitored,’ says Lyn.
Quitting smoking is good for general health – but it’s particularly important if you suspect you might have a thyroid problem. ‘Cigarettes enhance your metabolism and could mask the symptoms of an underactive thyroid,’ says Lyn. If left unchecked, thyroid problems could lead to other health issues, such as diabetes and an increased risk of high cholesterol. Visit nhs.uk/smokefree.
‘Exercise is important for good health and could help you to avoid issues such as heart problems,’ says Lyn. If you've been diagnosed with an underactive thyroid and are worried that it'll affect your ability to lose weight, exercise will certainly help to speed up your metabolism along with your medication. Just make sure you take it at your own pace and build up slowly if you haven't exercised for a while
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