Causes & Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism & Hypothyroidism
People all over the world suffer from thyroid issues; 75% of all thyroid conditions are found in women. That’s a large percent, so let’s venture into the differences between hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism.
What is hyperthyroidism?
When the thyroid produces too many T4 thyroid hormones, it’s called hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is a fancy term that means you have an overactive thyroid gland. Hyperthyroidism can speed up heart rate and metabolism.
- Unhealthy weight loss
- Racing heart
- Irregular heartbeat
- Loss of sleep and sweating profusely
- On the extreme end, heart failure.
If you’re even slightly concerned that your thyroid gland may be overactive, contact Dr. Ernesto Medina for a free consultation.
What is hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid doesn’t produce enough T4 thyroid hormones, due to an underactive thyroid gland. This can cause body functions to slow down. A slow metabolism will cause slowing of the digestive system, which can lead to inflammation in the digestive tract. Over time it will create damage to the intestinal lining, leading to a decrease in absorption of nutrients.
- Chronic constipation
- Brittle or dry skin
- Unhealthy weight gain
- Sensitivities to temperature change
- Excessive hair loss
- Weak, brittle nails
- Anxiety and depression
- Sluggish mental processing speed
Learn more about how hypothyroidism can affect significant weight gain.
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