What is Thyroid?
Thyroid is the butterfly shaped small gland located in your neck, below and behind the Adam’s apple and their main function is to determine the metabolic process of the body’s organs.
When the thyroid glands do not produce sufficient amount of hormones it is known as hypothyroidism or low thyroid level.
It controls the metabolism which further controls the body temperature, heartbeat, and how you burn your calories, if the gland doesn’t produce enough hormones the body processes slows down and causes hindrance in the regular functioning and affects the energy levels considerably.
Hypothyroidism is typically dangerous for kids and infants, as it stunts growth both physically and mentally.
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism for early detection:
Thyroid glands are there to regulate metabolic process and growth of the human body, but when your glands don’t produce enough of hormones the body is susceptible to weight gain, decline in energy levels, body temperature reduces, pulse weakens and cognitive abilities and mood decline as well.
There are a number of symptoms associated with hypothyroidism like having increased sensitivity to cold, feeling fatigued, constipation, dry skin, weight gain, puffy face, hoarseness, muscle weakness, thinning of hair, impaired memory, depression and slowed heart rate are just a few.
Potential Dangers of Hypothyroidism:
The human body needs thyroid hormone for regulating the metabolic functions and for this certain amount of thyroid stimulating hormone is released from the pituitary glands for stimulation. This constant bombardment with high levels of TSH may cause enlargement of the thyroid gland forming goiter also known as compensatory goiter.
Diagnosed with a simple blood test, treatment for hypothyroidism is not always the same for all the patients and may vary depending on the severity of the condition. If left untreated the symptoms progress and may cause life threatening complications like depression, heart failure and even coma.