Thyroid Disease Basics
When the thyroid gland is functioning properly, it produces hormones that regulate metabolism and convert food into energy. Women with healthy thyroid function burn calories efficiently; women who are not producing enough thyroid hormones develop hypothyroidism.
Hypothyroidism symptoms include:
- Cold hands and feet
- Weight gain
- High cholesterol levels
- Hair loss
- Dry skin and brittle nails
If this sounds like you, your first step is to get your thyroid levels tested. Just be sure to get the whole range of levels checked. This includes T3, T4, and thyroid antibodies, as well as thyroid-stimulating hormone, or TSH.
Similarly, ask to have your current levels of iodine, fluoride, chloride, and bromine checked—all of which can help or hurt your thyroid hormone levels.