The thyroid gland is the master gland of the endocrine system. It determines the basal metabolic rate for the body. It may not be functioning properly, even if you have been told it is “normal.”
Type 1 hypothyroidism:
- The thyroid gland fails to produce adequate amounts of hormone.
- Usually detected in blood tests
Type 2 hypothyroidism:
- The thyroid gland produces normal amounts of hormone but the cells are unable to utilize the hormone effectively.
- Lab tests alone fail to detect Type 2 hypothyroidism
Some symptoms of Type 2 hypothyroidism include low body temperature (below 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit), feeling cold all the time, fatigue or excessive need for sleep, puffiness of the face (especially around the eyes), hair loss, dry skin, brittle hair, migraine headaches, anxiety, depression, weight gain, menstrual problems and infertility.
Could you have Type 2 Hypothyroidism? Test yourself:
- Do you often feel sluggish or fatigued?
- Do you have difficulty losing weight?
- Do you suffer from constipation?
- Do you have thinning hair or breakage?
- Do you have dry hair, skin, or brittle nails?
- Do you feel cold all the time or have cold extremities?
- Do you suffer from depression or lack of motivation?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, your thyroid may not be functioning optimally. Call (281) 465-9209 for an appointment today.