Job Opportunities: We are looking to hire an after-hours General Practitioner (GP). For further information, including how to apply, please visit our GP Vacancy Post
Job Opportunities: We are looking to hire an after-hours General Practitioner (GP). For further information, including how to apply, please visit our GP Vacancy Post

Could it be a thyroid disease? Thyroid Health is more important than you think

Thyroid health needs more importance than you think as it influences a lot of body functions

When it comes down to your overall health, the thyroid gland influences it all – from your skin to your mood. In fact, low levels of thyroid hormones can increase your risk of heart disease.

For a gland just two inches in size, the thyroid is one of the most vital organs in the body that forms the endocrine system. This master metabolic control system produces two very important hormones. These hormones are responsible for a myriad of functions such as regulating heart rate, skin maintenance, assisting in digestion, fertility and even regulates body temperature.

But when the thyroid makes either too much or very little of these crucial hormones, things might get worse. Although it is unlikely that someone would die out of a thyroid-related disease, however, if you haven’t had a thyroid test lately, it’s time to call your doctor. 

Why thyroid health matters?

As said, the thyroid is responsible to regulate our metabolism. Additionally, it works in conjunction with the pituitary gland to help regulate brain and nerve functions and their development.

Apart from this, the gland impacts a host of other body functions, which is why if you haven’t had a thyroid test lately, it’s time to call your doctor.

Thyroid health tends to be an underrated topic, but despite being small, its improper function will have massive implications on your body. While thyroid disease has many forms, one of the most common form is Hashimotos Disease. This autoimmune condition attacks the thyroid gland and diminishes its ability to produce the essential hormones.

In fact, Hashimoto’s Disease is the leading cause of Hypothyroidism in Australia, affecting around 1 in 33 Australians.

What are the common types of Thyroid Diseases?

Thyroid disease is the general medical term used that keeps the thyroid gland from making the right amount of hormones. The two endocrine hormones – T4 and T3 tells the body’s cells how much energy to use.

When the thyroid functions healthy, it will maintain the right amount of hormones to keep your metabolism working at the right rate.

Several different disorders can happen as a result of improper thyroid functions, but Hyperthyroidism, Hypothyroidism, Goitre and Grave’s Disease are the most common.

Hyperthyroidism: When the thyroid produces too much T3 and T4 hormones, it causes a medical condition that uses energy very quickly. It leads to causing persistent tiredness and unexplained weight loss even when not trying to.

Hypothyroidism: On the flip-side, when the gland produces lesser hormones, it causes hypothyroidism that has similar effects on your body, but increased weight gain and might leave you very sensitive to cold temperature. 

What are the symptoms of an unhealthy thyroid?

A girl student facing trouble with concentration can be a sign of thyroid disorder, Epping Doctors

While it is unlikely that someone will die of thyroid disease, the downside of this disease is that most patients do not experience any significant symptoms. Often they are diagnosed when treating for other diseases.

However, a wide range of signs and symptoms could tell that your thyroid function needs a medical test:

  • Increased sensitivity to cold and hot temperature
  • Facing vision problems and irritable eyes
  • Muscles aches, tenderness and stiffness
  • Experiencing nervousness and irritability
  • Feeling of depression and anxiety
  • Elevated blood cholesterol level
  • Felling of tiredness
  • Slowed heartbeat
  • Impaired memory

Who are at risk of developing a thyroid disease?

If you’re concerned about your risk of developing thyroid disease, there are two main factors; age and gender.

Women of all ages are more likely to develop thyroid disease than man. However, it might be also possible that many of their symptoms might be attributed to other disease or written off as a consequence of aging.

Apart from age and gender, you may need a thyroid test if:

  • As part of cancer treatment you have received radiation in your neck 
  • In your family exists a history of thyroid disease or any autoimmune disease 
  • For treatment of hyperthyroidism or thyroid cancer you have taken anti-thyroid medications
  • You have had neck surgery

When to see a doctor for thyroid health?

You should consult a doctor if you’re feeling tired for no reason. Additionally, if you notice any symptoms of unexplained weight gain or loss or have any other thyroid disease symptoms such as dry skin or impaired memory.

If you see any symptoms as mentioned, schedule an online booking with our doctors or alternatively give us a call at (03) 8402 0400. 

Share:

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on pinterest
Pinterest
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
On Key

Further Reading

A heart health doctor stressing the importance of healthy diet and exercise to ward off heart disease

Top Diet and Lifestyle Measures to Ward Off Heart Disease

Heart disease is tricky. In order to prevent heart disease, it comes down to two things. First up, a heart-healthy diet that is free from unwanted sodium, and rich in omega fatty acid. Next is leading an active life coupled with limited alcohol consumption. Here is our top diet and lifestyle measures to ward off heart disease.

A girl suffering from regular headaches might need to see a doctor for her headaches, Doctors in Epping

When to see a doctor for headaches?

Most bouts of day-to-day headaches are not something to be worried about. But, in case you’ve experienced the worst headache of your life or a headache that keeps coming back, then it might be time to worry about them. Our doctors have compiled a list of top reasons when to see a doctor for headaches.

10 things to know about Irritable Bowel Syndrome

10 things to know about Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The first thing to know about Irritable Bowel Syndrome is that it is a syndrome, not a disease. This means IBS is a combination of abnormalities that occurs together. In addition IBS can be insidious, chronic and can cause extensive damage to your digestive system. Here are the 10 things to know about Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Can iron deficiency affect your mental health? Dietician in Epping

Can Iron Deficiency affect your mental health?

Iron deficiency is considered to be a physical condition, but there is a strong association between iron deficiency and struggling mental health.  Iron is a vital element that influences many other bodily functions. It is one of the main contributors to provide us with oxygenated blood. It keeps our brain and immune system ticking and

To make an appointment call (03) 8402 0400 or

CLOSE
CLOSE
Get your free Flu vaccination. Please call us on 03 8402 0400 to book an appointment.
Get your free Flu vaccination. Please call us on 03 8402 0400 to book an appointment.