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January 16, 2020

Weight Gain, Hot Flashes, Fatigue: Is Your Thyroid to Blame?  

Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP

Your thyroid is small, but it plays a critical role in regulating metabolism, heart rate and body temperature. Women are 5 to 8 times as likely to have thyroid problems, and 1 in 8 will develop a thyroid disorder, but thyroid problems can mask as just signs of aging. Roughly 20 million people have a thyroid disorder, and well over half have no idea. Here’s what to look for:
1.     Fatigue 
2.     Racing heartbeat
3.     Sweating or increased sensitivity to cold 
4.     Inexplicable weight loss or gain
5.     Trouble concentrating 
6.     Changes in appetite
 
If you’re having symptoms – even vague complaints like fatigue or weight fluctuations – see your health care provider for an evaluation. A thyroid hormone test can help get to the bottom of your health issues, and treatment can alleviate symptoms.