Although the month has come to a close, I believe Thyroid Awareness should be a lifelong thing, not just a month long thing. Even though, the month is almost over, I still want to talk a little bit about your thyroid.
Your thyroid is your master gland; it controls literally almost every function in your body. A thyroid out of whack can cause more than 300 symptoms. Did you know that having an underactive thyroid (which is what I have, Hashimoto's Disease), can affect your cholesterol? It can decrease your HDL (good cholesterol), and increase your LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides? When I first got everything tested and saw my cholesterol was high, I was like WHAT?! Clearly, healthy eating is my thing. But, it's not a matter or diet, it's all related to the negative feedback loop that affects your thyroid.
Did you also know that when you get your routine blood work check (which if you don't, I highly recommend you do), they don't check your thyroid, unless there is a cause for concern? Because your thyroid symptoms can mimic other issues that aren't thyroid related, it's not often checked. So, be vocal! Ask to get your TSH and T4 checked. An overactive thyroid is just as dangerous as an underactive thyroid.
Are you cold a lot? My entire life, I've always been cold. I chalked it up to genetics. As it turns out, being cold all the time is a symptom of underactive thyroid. When you brush your hair, do you feel like your hair brush is constantly filling up with hair? Do you find hair like on your legs, and basically everywhere, when you brush your hair? Losing hair, or thinning hair, is another symptom underactive thyroid. How about dry skin, or dry brittle nails? Also symptoms of underactive thyroid. Even depression can be a symptom! All of these things you might not even think twice about, but you could have a whole storm brewing in your body under the surface if it's not taken care of properly and promptly!
Don't take your health symptoms for granted, and just chalk them up to nothing. You've got ONE BODY and ONE LIFE. Take care of it! And, don't let a doctor talk you out of a test. If you feel something is off, listen to your body. I'm fortunate that I have the World's Best Doctor, and he listens to what I say, and always asks my opinion on any and everything. Unfortunately, I'm going to have to be on thyroid medication for the rest of my life, and get blood work much more often than I want to to test my levels, but it's better than the suffering I was doing before. Am I healthy now? No, I'm still a mess. But, I keep trying, and I don't give up. Any weird symptom, I call my doctor. Bless his heart, because I feel like I'm dying all the time, and he always takes the time to hear me out.
If you figure out you have a thyroid problem, it can be scary. When I learned I had Hashimoto's, and that it's an autoimmune disorder that I'll have forever AND that it can make me more like to develop other autoimmune disorders, it took some time to let that absorb. It isn't easy, but it's now a part of my life. Just like my anxiety is, and my allergies are.. Hashimoto's is another health issue I'll have to deal with, but none of them define me. And, you shouldn't either. Break free from those chains, and take control of your life. AND GET YOUR THYROID CHECKED!