If you’re feeling lethargic and have put on a few pounds, your thyroid could be to blame
You’ve gained weight
If you follow a healthy diet but still gain weight, an underactive thyroid might be the cause. Thyroid hormones regulate our basal metabolic rate (BMR) — the speed our body burns calories as we rest. People with hypothyroidism have a decreased BMR.
You feel tired all the time
Fatigue, when it appears alongside other symptoms, could indicate an underactive thyroid. It’s a common symptom due to the decrease
in thyroid hormone production.
Your hair is thinning
If your locks are lacking or you’re suffering with dry, flaky skin, your thyroid might be to blame. Thyroid hormones are important for the health of hair follicles.
You feel cold
Do you always have cold hands and feet? Thyroid hormones can influence how much our blood vessels dilate and, in turn, how much heat can escape.
You feel low
If you can’t pin down why you’ve been feeling low, there might be an underlying health issue. The hormone imbalances caused by an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) can make sufferers experience nervousness and anxiety, while an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) is more likely to result in fatigue and depression.
You’re blocked up
An underactive thyroid slows down some body systems, including digestion and elimination, so many sufferers can experience constipation as one of the side effects.
See your GP for a blood test if you experience these symptoms.