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Articles on Thyroid

Symptoms of an Underactive Thyroid

A deficiency of thyroid hormones can affect virtually all body functions. The severity of symptoms in adults ranges from mild and barely detectable to severe.

It is estimated that between 10-25% of people suffer from some degree of hypothyroidism, many of whom are undiagnosed.

Self-assessment Questionnaire

If you have more than 4 of these symptoms on a frequent or constant basis, low thyroid function is very likely. Consult your health care provider and ask for blood test to determine your thyroid hormone levels.

  • Difficulty losing weight, even when eating less/exercising more

  • Do not sweat much, even when exercising

  • Bags under the eyes

  • Eyebrows are thinning

  • Dry skin or hair and/or hair loss

  • Eyelids are swollen and puffy

  • Hands and feet often cold

  • Joint stiffness and pain, sometimes better after movement

  • Dizziness or poor sense of balance

  • Nasal congestion

  • Yellowing of palms of hands and soles of feet

  • Depression

  • Bowel movements less than daily, or with difficulty

  • Face looks bloated

  • Feel worse if a meal is missed

  • Need a lot of sleep

  • Frequent infections

  • Headaches, often worse in morning

  • Poor concentration

  • Feel cold more than most other people

  • Low energy first thing in the morning, even after good sleep

  • Moody and irritable