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Category: Thyroid

What effect does thyroid have on cholesterol?

The thyroid gland is one of the key regulators of the human body. Hormones secreted by the thyroid gland modulate cholesterol synthesis and metabolism through a variety of interactions. Over the years, cholesterol has earned a notorious reputation as one of the key causes of heart disease. It is common knowledge that excess of cholesterol in the human body leads to clogging of arteries and formation of plaques. One of the essential functions of thyroid hormones is to assist the liver in processing and metabolizing cholesterol, thus keeping it in check. The Link between Cholesterol and Thyroid Cholesterol is actually... Read More

Planning your Lifestyle with Hypothyroidism

One of the biggest challenges faced by patients with hypothyroidism is achieving a healthy and active lifestyle. Hypothyroidism by itself leads to a plethora of symptoms such as weight gain, depression, tiredness and difficulty focussing. These symptoms make it difficult for patients to lead a healthy lifestyle. Treatment of hypothyroidism with medications is often not enough in order to live a healthy life. Patients with hypothyroidism also need to make certain modifications to their lifestyle. This requires planning, dedication and guidance from their doctors. Few ways in which you can plan a healthy lifestyle with hypothyroidism are: Diet: Patients with... Read More

Managing Hyperthyroidism in Mothers

Hyperthyroidism, a condition that occurs when the thyroid hormones are elevated beyond normal levels, is relatively less common in women as compared to Hypothyroidism. Further, hyperthyroidism is usually associated with an autoimmune disorder of the thyroid called as Graves’ disease. This makes the approach to management of hyperthyroidism very difficult during pregnancy. As thyroid regulates metabolism and essential body functions, an increase in thyroid hormones leads to nervousness, tremors, increased sweating and heartbeat, intolerance of heat, and even diarrhoea. Uncontrolled or symptomatic Hyperthyroidism can have serious impact on both the mother and baby. Hyperthyroidism and Pregnancy The major concern in... Read More

Importance of Exercising in Hypothyroidism

Increased fatigue, weight gain and muscle weakness are some of the most common symptoms of hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism causes the body metabolism to slow down, and therefore it comes as no surprise that most patients feel lethargic and drained of all energy. How can exercise help hypothyroidism? While medications can definitely help to treat hypothyroidism, it is important to maintain an active lifestyle, even when the lack of thyroid hormones leave you totally exhausted. If you suffer from hypothyroidism, the first step in ensuring a healthy and active lifestyle is to understand how thyroid hormones affect your body. The thyroid hormones... Read More

How to reverse hair loss caused due to thyroid conditions?

The human body sheds close to 100 hair strands per day. Usually, in the normal course of time, these are replaced by new hair. However, in patients with thyroid diseases, the normal hair growth cycle is interrupted. These patients also lose more hair as compared to normal, thus, eventually leading to thinning of hair. Since thyroid hormones are essential to hair growth, it is important to understand that both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can lead to loss of hair. The thyroid-related hair loss is not restricted to an isolated area or patch and is usually generalized. The good news, however, is... Read More

How does stress impact your thyroid?

In today's fast-paced world, stress finds its way into our lives in different ways. Chronic stress can not only hamper our productivity and health, it can also cause a negative impact on the functioning of the thyroid gland. There are different ways in which stress can impact the thyroid gland and its functions: Stress can cause symptoms such as fatigue, headache, difficulty in falling asleep, mood swings and so on. Many of these symptoms are similar to those caused by hypothyroidism. Further, stress reduces the conversion of T4 hormone to its active form i.e. T3. It also causes thyroid hormone... Read More

10 Yoga Poses to Improve Thyroid Health

Thyroid diseases have an overall impact on the body's metabolism and health. Whether you suffer from hypothyroidism, a condition caused by deficiency of thyroid hormones, or hyperthyroidism, where thyroid hormones are produced in excess, you can definitely benefit from yoga. Yoga asanas not only help in improving your flexibility and energy, but also help in eliminating stress from your system. Furthermore, some of these yoga asanas can specifically have an impact on circulation around the neck and can strengthen that area. The benefits of these yoga asanas are availed only when they are practiced correctly and regularly. Hence, you must... Read More

Vitamin D Deficiency and Thyroid

Vitamin D, or the sunshine vitamin, is concerned with the regulation of calcium and phosphorus levels in the body, and bone metabolism. It has also been linked to heart disease, cancer, Graves’ disease, Hashimoto’s disease and autoimmune disorders. One of the major sources of this vitamin is the ultraviolet rays of the sun, which enables the body to make vitamin D after exposure. Food sources include fatty fish such as tuna, salmon, trout, and sardines, cod liver oil, dairy products such as milk and yoghurt, hard boiled eggs, fortified cereals, and so on. If the level of vitamin D is... Read More

Thyroid and Menopause

The thyroid is a gland that is present in the neck and produces the hormones thyroxine and tri-iodothyronine. The thyroid stimulating hormone, produced by the pituitary gland in the brain, regulates the functioning of the thyroid. Any malfunctioning of the thyroid gland is to do with either underactivity or overactivity. Decreased activity leads to a condition called hypothyroidism (too little thyroid hormone) and increased activity results in hyperthyroidism (too much hormone). However, there is scope for confusion between thyroid problems and menopause because the symptoms are similar. Symptoms of menopause include: hot flashes, disturbed sleep, problem focusing, fatigue, sudden changes... Read More

Thyroid and Infertility

Hypothyroidism Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland, situated in the neck region, underperforms. As a result, the levels of thyroid hormone in the body decrease. Low levels of thyroid hormone can interfere with ovulation – that is, the release of the egg from the ovary – thereby impacting fertility. Disorders which cause hypothyroidism, such as autoimmune or pituitary disorders, may impair fertility. Hypothyroidism might also cause a delay in reaching sexual maturity. Hyperthyroidism On the other hand, fertility problems are also associated with hyperthyroidism – or an overactive thyroid gland. It was found that 2.3 percent of... Read More

How Often Should You Get a Thyroid Blood Test?

The thyroid gland produces two important hormones, T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine), which are concerned with metabolism. Malfunctioning of the thyroid gland manifests either in the form of overproduction or underproduction of hormones. When the hormone levels are above normal, the condition is known as hyperthyroidism and when they are abnormally low, it is called hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism Hypothyroidism usually affects middle-aged and older people. It shows up in the following symptoms, depending on how severe the deficiency is: fatigue and weakness, weight gain, cold intolerance, memory loss, dry skin, constipation, depression, muscle aches and joint pain, swelling, or stiffness, thinning... Read More

Test for Thyroid Symptoms

The thyroid gland forms a part of the endocrine system and secretes hormones essential for metabolism. It is located in the neck region, around the windpipe, just below the Adam’s apple. Its two lobes and the isthmus they are attached to give it the shape of a butterfly. Among the hormones generated by this gland, triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) are the most important, and are produced with the help of iodine. A lot of the T4 hormone is converted into T3, which is concerned with metabolism. The hypothalamus, a small part of the brain connected to the endocrine system,... Read More

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