Unusual but seemingly innocent changes in health often offer clues to thyroid problems, which silently affect many Americans, especially women. According to
the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, an estimated 15 million Americans have undiagnosed thyroid problems.
Dr. Robin Miller, an internist, integrative medicine specialist and co-author of “The Smart Woman’s Guide to MidLife & Beyond,” advised that women in particular
should be aware of symptoms of thyroid problems, stating on Health.com that women are often as much as 10 times more likely to have a thyroid
problem than men.
Miller states that symptoms such as exhaustion, feeling down, less interest in sex, dry skin, and high blood pressure can all be triggers.
If you’ve noticed the following symptoms, they could be pointing to potential thyroid issues, reports WebMD:
1) Weight loss: A dramatic drop in weight, despite a healthy or increased appetite
2) Unusual heart rate: An increased heart rate or undiagnosed heart palpitations
3) Blood pressure: Unexplainable increase in blood pressure, not attributed to physical activity
4) Nervousness: Anxiety not triggered by specific events. In addition, Mayo Clinic also states that mild fatigue and depression can be a trigger.