The thyroid (located in the front of the neck) is a small, butterfly-shaped gland that is part of an intricate network of glands known as the endocrine system. The endocrine system coordinates many of the body’s activities, including your metabolism. Since the thyroid is so important, when something goes wrong, it can throw off the entire balance of your system.
There are many different disorders that can occur when the thyroid produces either too much hormone (hyperthyroidism) or too little hormone (hypothyroidism). They are also fairly common and range in type and severity and can lead to changes in weight, energy levels, mood, and more. If you suspect you might have a thyroid disorder, go see a doctor to get a proper diagnosis. Here are 12 common thyroid disorders that can lead to changes in weight, energy levels, mood, and more…
MedicineNet.com explains this condition occurs when your thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone. There are a host of symptoms that come with hypothyroidism, including fatigue, dry skin, constipation, and poor concentration.
Under the hypothyroidism category is a condition called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (also known as Hashimoto’s disease), which the source says is an autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation of the thyroid gland. In this condition, a patient’s immune system actually attacks the thyroid, causing it to under-produce thyroid hormone.