How do Thyroid Problems affect the Body?

How do Thyroid Problems affect the Body- Thyroid problems interfere with the functioning of one's immune system and should therefore, be kept in check. Here is how it affects the body.

Bhadra Kamalasanan
ThyroidWritten by: Bhadra KamalasananPublished at: Oct 19, 2012
How do Thyroid Problems affect the Body?

When something that goes wrong with that that is responsible for your metabolism, it sure is major.  As is well known, even a minor threat to the functioning of the thyroid gland could drive you to the doctor’s chamber. Also, the effects of a low or hyper thyroid functioning on the body remain unbiased for everybody unlike some other diseases that vary in different people.



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Hypothyroidism Effects


Weight Gain: Weight gain is what most hypothyroidism patients Google remedies for i.e. a rapid increase in weight is what bothers hypothyroidism patients more than other side-effects. This happens when the thyroid hormones inside the body slow the metabolism rate of undigested food, thereby slowing your body’s rate of burning calories. Hypothyroidism may also cause fluid retention i.e. the feeling of bloating, especially around the abdomen and face. Dieting in hypothyroidism does little to solve the problem of weight gain.


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Hair Loss: the low level of thyroid hormones causes the hair to appear differently i.e. dry or dull. Loss of hair from the scalp and eyebrows would not surprise a hypothyroidism patient. The sudden loss of hair may trigger emotional stress, which can snowball into depression, though this gets treated early on.

Changes in Voice: low levels of thyroid hormone may cause the thyroid gland to enlarge i.e. goitre and thereby cause vocal alterations. A hypothyroidism patient is likely to sound dry or hoarse. This can therefore, put the patient on a rough road, especially when he/she wants to talk.

Hyperthyroidism Effects

Weight Loss: weight loss is a rather surprising side-effect of hyperthyroidism for the medical condition increases one’s appetite. It is the hyperactivity of the hormones in burning all the consumed calories that leads to weight loss. This constant functioning of the body’s cells to burn calories also leads to a drop in energy levels.

Ocular alterations: people with hyperthyroidism will have to live with various types of ocular changes such as the presence of eyelid retraction, lid-lag and weakness of the extra-ocular muscle. These may be accompanied with other eye problems such as double vision.


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Sleeplessness: because each cell of the body is hyperactive, the body is pushed beyond its limits. One of the downsides to an overactive body is its inability to rest without being restless. Therefore, a person with hyperthyroidism will often find himself/herself craving for sleep in vain.

Keeping the thyroid function from going haywire is therefore, important for that is what rules how our body works. One can keep his/her thyroid function stabilised by way of regular exercises and balanced diet.


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