Here's What Happens to Your Body When Your Thyroid is Imbalanced

The thyroid is a small gland in the front of your neck, shaped like a butterfly. It produces hormones that regulate growth and energy in your body, influencing the body’s metabolic processes and impacting your overall well-being. Thyroid disease is a term for a group of conditions that affect the health and function of your thyroid.

Nearly 12% of Americans will have a thyroid disorder at some point during their life. The most common thyroid disorders are hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, and Hashimoto’s disease. The most prevalent thyroid condition is hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid, and it occurs when your thyroid doesn’t produce enough hormones. Hyperthyroidism occurs when it makes too much, and Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune condition that attacks your thyroid gland.

While hypothyroidism may not show any symptoms early on, it can harm your health over time. People with untreated hypothyroidism are at risk for fatigue, weight gain, and a variety of other health conditions. 

Luckily, you have treatment options if you have a thyroid imbalance. At Taylor Family Practice in Humble, Texas, Jill Taylor, DO offers natural thyroid hormone optimization to help your body work like it should.

Initial signs of thyroid imbalance

Your body needs the hormones your thyroid creates to help it use energy, maintain body temperature, and regulate your metabolism. When you have a thyroid imbalance, your body doesn’t have the hormones it needs to function normally. The symptoms you notice can vary, depending on the severity of the deficiency.

Common symptoms of hypothyroidism include:

Many symptoms develop over a period of years, and they can be hard to identify. Fatigue, weight gain, and other common side effects of thyroid imbalance can be easily dismissed. 

Long-term complications of thyroid imbalance

The longer you go with a thyroid imbalance, the more your body is affected. Unmanaged thyroid disease can cause the thyroid gland to grow into a goiter and become visible in the neck. 

Thyroid imbalance may also put you at increased risk for:

People with hypothyroidism are at increased risk for heart problems, in part because high cholesterol, which can clog your arteries and prevent normal blood flow, is a common side effect of unmanaged hypothyroidism. The condition also impacts your mental function. It can cause depression that gets worse over time, as well as slow thinking and mental processing. 

Women are more likely to develop thyroid conditions than men. Thyroid imbalance can interfere with ovulation, making it harder for women with hypothyroidism to get pregnant. Some women develop thyroid disease after pregnancy due to hormonal changes.

If you think you may have a thyroid disorder, don’t wait to make an appointment. Managing your thyroid imbalance is important to maintain your health long-term. Call us at 281-667-4974 or request your first appointment online.

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