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That butterfly shaped gland at the base of your throat has many things to do like regulating your appetite, energy levels and even your body temperature.
When its working correctly, we barely even notice it. But when it starts to malfunction, the symptoms are varied and hard to ignore.
The thyroid is the largest endocrine gland in the body and produces two types of hormones T3 and T4 that controls the rate at which your body burns energy and responds to stress hormones.
There are few ways in which your thyroid can malfunction and the two of which are hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. There are many surprising things that can affect your thyroid.
It can Make You Thin-Skinned Or Rough To The Touch
The thyroid controls the rate at which you shed your skin. Those with an overactive thyroid, the skin sheds a little faster often resulting in smoother but thinner skin.
An underactive thyroid slows down the skin cell turnover, making the skin feel rougher.
It can Make You Gain Weight Or Lose
Hyperthyroidism can result in substantial weight loss. While hyperthyroidism is associated with weight loss, it is also associated with an increased appetite. Despite an increased metabolism, you might actually gain weight by eating too much.
Too Much Sweat
Hyperthyroidism speeds up the normal body processes giving you a higher metabolic rate. Since you're burning energy faster , you'll feel hot.
People with hyperthyroidism can wake up sweating at night because of the increased energy burn with a rapid heart beat.
It Can Zap All Your Energy:
Hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism are totally different in the way the body expands energy but can result in a very weak body.
Overactive thyroid turns your metabolic rate up to 100 everyday resulting in some serious energy crashes.
It Can Affect Your Bowel Movements:
Hyperthyroidism can speed up everything and one of it is your bowel movements. Many with an overactive thyroid find themselves running to the rest room many times a day.