7 Signs and Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Filed Under: General Health
Last Reviewed 03/28/2014

7 Signs and Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

More and more patients are asking their doctors to check their thyroid hormones, which means awareness of thyroid issues has gained some momentum. This is good news since up to 10 percent of Americans—tens of millions of people—are affected by thyroid problems. The bad news is that half of them are undiagnosed.

Why does this matter? Because if your thyroid gland is not producing enough T3 and T4, the dominant thyroid hormones, a condition called hypothyroidism develops. And hypothyroidism can have widespread adverse effects on your health and well-being.

Common Signs and Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

  1. Fatigue, despite getting adequate sleep

  2. Weight gain and an inability to lose weight

  3. High cholesterol or triglycerides

  4. Depression that won’t go away

  5. Chronic constipation

  6. Dry skin or thinning hair

  7. Cold hands and feet 

If you complain to your conventional doctor about any of the above signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism, he may not think to check thyroid function. After all, lipid abnormalities, depression, constipation and other symptoms of hypothyroidism could be due to a variety of factors.

Elizabeth Loses Weight with Thyroid Boosts

Elizabeth came to our clinic with multiple health issues, including excess weight and high blood sugar levels. She was given a full assessment and as a result, put on a customized treatment plan including boosts of natural thyroid replacement. Here’s what she says:

“The Back to Health Program at Whitaker Wellness saved my life. My blood sugar was over 500 fasting, I was overweight and had no hormones. I was heading down a bad road. Whitaker Wellness put me on the right track with a sustainable diet, mini-fastbioidentical hormones and a day off to enjoy the foods I wanted.

Within six months, my blood sugar was in the low hundreds, and I had hormones. I feel better than I have in many years. I am still working with my doctor to balance my hormones, weight loss is slow but with my thyroid getting encouraged, I continue to lose weight. Thank you!”

If you’re suffering from some or all of these signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism persistently, talk to your doctor about having your thyroid levels checked, or consider a visit to the Whitaker Wellness Institute

Now it’s your turn: Have you or anyone you know had to address thyroid issues?

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