Thyroid imbalance could be the source of your biggest health problems. But many people don’t realize that their symptoms are frequently caused by a thyroid disorder or imbalance.

How many people do you know have thyroid disease? You probably know a friend or relative or coworker who has it. Unfortunately we don’t talk about thyroid disease that much. Why? My assumption is:

– Only 2,727 people in the UK were diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2011 and less than 1% of thyroid cancer cases each year in the UK are linked to major lifestyle choices and other risk factors. That is a very small percent of population in comparison to other cancers

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– Most people have a Subclinical Thyroid problem and never seek treatment. Undiagnosed prevalence of Thyroid disorders is about 13 million (based on estimates from the AACE, as reported by Reader’s Digest), approx. 1 in 20 [1,2]

– It is one of those diseases with no visible or extreme problems to help someone notice that you are sick

– It is a disease that requires medication (hormone replacement therapy) for life, so it just becomes ‘who you are’, not a disease

One in eight women will develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime. And, the number of people suffering from thyroid disorders continues to rise each year. But the bigger problem is that nearly 60 percent of these people are completely unaware of their condition—let alone how to heal it.

Millions of people are suffering—trying all kinds of diets, pills, and treatments to clear their mental fog, to boost energy and lose weight. Unfortunately, they will all fail unless they learn how to heal the underlying thyroid issues.

Hidden signs of thyroid problems:

– weight changes
– fatigue, exhaustion
– foggy brain
– aches, pains and weakness in muscles and joints, fibromyalgia like symptoms
– Hoarse voice and/or difficulty swallowing
– hair loss, hair changes, skin changes
– cold intolerance or heat intolerance
– depression and/or anxiety, panic attacks
– recurrent headaches

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– constipation, bowel problems, diarrhea, irritable bowel
– high cholesterol, unresponsive to cholesterol medications
– infertility or miscarriage
– low sex drive
– unrefreshing sleep

In our busy and stressful lives, probably every second person you ask will have a few or more of these symptoms. We learn to accept them as part of our ageing process, part of being adult.

However, given the depth of suffering, we can no longer ignore that so many people are burned out, confused, and under functioning.

All these hidden signs of undiagnosed thyroid problems can dramatically increase your risk of obesity, heart disease, depression, anxiety, hair loss, sexual dysfunction, infertility and a host of other symptoms and health problems.

Every cell in the body has receptors for thyroid hormones. These hormones are responsible for the most basic aspects of body function, impacting all major systems of the body. You can think of the thyroid as the central gear in a sophisticated engine. If that gear breaks, the entire engine goes down with it.

With the proper care, it’s completely possible to lift the fog and feel like yourself again.

References:

[1] http://www.rightdiagnosis.com/t/thyroid/stats-country.htm

[2] http://www.patient.co.uk/doctor/subclinical-hypothyroidism

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