The thyroid is a small gland that sits around your windpipe under your larynx (voice box.) The hormones that it secretes control the body’s metabolism. But like all things, this “mother of all glands” is susceptible to malfunctioning and when this happens, it acts in different ways depending on whether it’s producing the hormone in excess (hyperthyroidism) or not producing enough of it (hypothyroidism.)
FitCracker has put together a list of symptoms of both thyroid conditions so that you can become aware of a malfunctioning thyroid. If you think something may be wrong, be sure to visit a doctor as soon as you can.
Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. A deficiency of iodine is one of the most common causes of hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is more common in women than in men, with women over the age of 60 being most susceptible.
Now let’s take a look at its symptoms.
The thyroid gland produces hormones that control the way the body uses energy. The underproduction of hormones can lead to a depressed feeling, sluggishness, and lethargy.
A change in your voice
The thyroid gland and the larynx (voice box) are located very close to each other. So any dysfunction of the thyroid gland can affect the larynx and cause issues with your voice.
Thickened skin and thinning eyebrows
Hypothyroidism leads to the calcification of the skin. This causes it to appear thick, dry, and scaly in texture. It can also result in the thinning of your eyebrows, which is rather insidious yet often appears among the first symptoms.