It’s a relatively small part of your body, but it can cause big problems if it’s out of whack. Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that is located on the front of your neck, and when it’s functioning properly, you can’t actually feel it.
The American Thyroid Association notes that an estimated 12-percent of the U.S. population will have a thyroid condition during their lifetime, and up to 60-percent of those people won’t be aware their thyroid isn’t functioning properly. Since January is Thyroid Awareness Month, let’s take a look at seven signs your thyroid may be experiencing difficulties…
1. Feeling Tired All the Time
Have you lost your get-up-and-go, and you haven’t been making any big changes to your lifestyle or diet? Your thyroid gland may be to blame, according to Health.com. It says exhaustion is “strongly linked” to hypothyroidism, when your thyroid doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormones.
Telltale signs include being tired when you wake up from a full night’s sleep, it adds. “Too little thyroid hormone coursing through your bloodstream and cells means your muscles aren’t getting that get-going signal,” explains the source.