Symptoms of Thyroid Problems in Males

Men going through thyroid condition usually have signs such as irritatability, nervousness, anxiety, mood swings and other issues.

Bhadra Kamalasanan
Written by: Bhadra KamalasananUpdated at: May 21, 2013 12:43 IST
Symptoms of Thyroid Problems in Males

Symptoms of Thyroid Problems in Males

The butterfly gland near the neck regulates our body’s metabolism. Thyroid problems are said to be more common in women compared with men because of the storm of hormones that women mostly are accustomed to experience at several stages of their life. This theory, however, does not detour the fact that men are likely, but less likely, to develop thyroid problems and must therefore, be vigilant of its symptoms before it comes to affect everyday life.

The most common types of thyroid problems that men go through are those related to a hyperactive thyroid gland and an underactive thyroid gland. Clearly, the two types of thyroid problems will show different symptoms some of which are explained below.


[Read: 10 Signs of Thyroid Condition]

Change in Energy Levels

According to Mayo Clinic, if you are a  male and suspecting of hyperthyroidism, check for symptoms like:

  • Irritability
  • Nervousness
  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Difficulty in concentrating

In the case of hypothyroidism, you may experience the following symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Tiredness
  • Memory problems
  • Depression

Considering that metabolism increased in hyperthyroidism, men going through this condition will notice a sudden shoot in their appetite and realise that they have been eating  more than usual. Despite of this significant increase in appetite and larger portions of food, they will tend to lose weight. This unexplained weight loss should be a prominent sign of hyperthyroidism in men. Along with weight loss, men with hyperthyroidism will experience an increase in the frequency of bowel movements and thereby, experience regular bouts of diarrhoea. On the contrary, hypothyroidism can lead to a decrease in metabolism and consequentially a decrease in appetite and unexplained weight gain. The intestinal activity also reduced in the latter.

Changes in Sensitivity to Temperature

According to the National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Service, those men who have hyperthyroidism often tend to sweat more than normal. This may make them extremely sensitive and irritable to exposure to hot temperatures. Alternatively, those men who have hypothyroidism tend to sweat less than normal and often find cold temperatures unbearable.

Other Signs of Thyroid Problems in Males

MedlinePlus points out that men with hyperthyroidism are highly likely to experience breast enlargement. Some other symptoms include tremors, spasms, eye irritation, double vision and heart palpitations. Swelling of the thyroid, also called goiter, may also occur and some men may also experience puffiness of eyes so much that the eyes look like they are protruding from the face. Those with hypothyroidism will experience an unusually dry hair, pain in the muscles as well as joints and a hoarse voice. Some men may also experience swelling around the face.


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