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Top 10 Things Black Women Should Know About the Thyroid Gland

Top 10 Things Black Women Should Know About the Thyroid Gland

Too much of anything is never a good thing. Unfortunately it’s no different when it comes to the our womanly hormone estrogen. An overproduction can pose serious health condition. If the production level of estrogen is not well balanced, it may block the thyroid hormones and cause under-active thyroid conditions.
A common symptom for under-active thyroids is fatigue and stress can also create a high activity level causing overactive thyroids hormones. Hyperthyroidism, if untreated, can lead to “atrial fibrillation, congestive heart failure, osteoporosis, and neuropsychiatric disorders,” according to the National Center for Biotechnology InformationU.S. National Library of Medicine.

1- Thyroid disorders are most common amongst women.

2- Thyroid cancer is one of the fastest growing cancers in America and one of the most curable.

3- The appearance of a goiter is an enlargement of the Thyroid that is externally visible.

4- Fatigue is a common symptom for under- and overactive Thyroid conditions.

5- Weight gain, difficulty losing weight, loss of energy, slowness and slurred speech are only few of the symptoms.

6- Changes in the heart rate. Thyroid hormone can affect how quickly the heart beats.

7- Hyperthyroidism can cause anxiety, restlessness and irritability.

8- Thyroid disorders can interrupt the ability to regulate the body’s temperature.

9- Hyperthyroidism can cause dry nails, numbness or tingling in the hands, constipation and abnormal menstrual periods.

10- A simple blood test can determine whether symptoms are related to Thyroid Disorder or Menopause.

Briana Myrie


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